Libor rates are calculated each day by the British Bankers' Association, a trade group that makes good money from licensing the use of Libor rates. Each day panels of banks tell the association the rate they will have to pay for unsecured loans at maturities ranging from overnight to 12 months. They do that for each of 10 currencies, including the United States dollar, the euro, the Swedish krona and the New Zealand dollar.

The scandal made clear that those reports were faked before and during the financial crisis by at least some of the banks. But what is not as widely appreciated is that there is substantial evidence that the deception goes on.

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