The Blurb On The Back:
”The first thing you think is, where’s the edge? Where can I make a bit more money? You want every little bit of money that you can possibly get because, like I say, that is how you are judged: that is your performance metric.”
– Tom Hayes, convicted former trader for UBS and Citigroup
The Fix, by award-winning Bloomberg journalists Liam Vaughan and Gavin Finch, is the inside story of the Libor scandal told through the journey of the man at the center of it – Tom Hayes, a young, scruffy, socially awkward misfit from England whose genius for math and obsessive personality made him a trading phenomenon but ultimately paved the way for his own downfall.
In the midst of the financial crisis, Hayes and his network of traders and brokers from Wall Street’s leading firms engineered the biggest financial conspiracy ever seen. As the rest of the world burned, they came together on secret chat rooms and late-night phone calls to hatch an audacious plan to rig Libor. Without the persistence of a rag-tag team of investigators from the US, they would have gotten away with it …
Based on hundreds of interviews opening up unprecedented access to the traders and brokers involved in the scandal, the regulators and central bankers who failed to stop it and the investigators who caught up with them, The Fix provides a rare look into the dark heart of global finance at the start of the 21st century.
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