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The Wall Street Journal's award-winning business reporter unveils the bizarre and sinister story of how a math genius named Tom Hayes, a handful of outrageous confederates, and a deeply corrupt banking system ignited one of the greatest financial scandals in history.In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the worlds largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Liborthe London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwidewas set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries, and that they could reap huge profits by nudging it to suit their trading portfolios. Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of a wild alliance that among others included a French trader nicknamed Gollum, the broker Abbo, who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking, a Kazakh chicken farmer turned something short of financial whiz kid, a broker known as Village (short for Village Idiot) and fascinated with human-animal sex, an executive called Clumpy because of his patchwork hair loss, and a broker uncreatively nicknamed Big Nose. Eventually known as the Spider Network, Hayess circle generated untold riches until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion.The Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam, but a provocative examination of a financial system that was crooked throughout, designed to promote envelope-pushing behavior while shielding higher-ups from the consequences of their subordinates rapacious actions.

Autorentext

David Enrich is the Finance Editor of the New York Times. He previously was Financial Enterprise Editor of the Wall Street Journal, heading an elite investigative unit at the paper. He previously served as the Journal's European Banking Editor in London. Enrich's coverage of the Libor scandal, based partly on years of secret access to Tom Hayes and his family, won him the Gerald Loeb Award for feature writing in 2016. He currently lives in New York with his wife and two sons.



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SHORT-LISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR

The Wall Street Journal's award-winning business reporter unveils the bizarre and sinister story of how a math genius named Tom Hayes, a handful of outrageous confederates, and a deeply corrupt banking system ignited one of the greatest financial scandals in history.

In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the world's largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor—the London interbank offered rate, which determines interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide—was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries. Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of shadowy team that used hook and crook to take over the process and set rates that made them a fortune, no matter the cost to others. Among the motley crew was a French trader nicknamed "Gollum”; the broker "Abbo,” who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a Kazakh chicken farmer turned something short of financial whiz kid; an executive called "Clumpy” because of his patchwork hair loss; and a broker uncreatively nicknamed "Big Nose.” Eventually known as the "Spider Network,” Hayes's circle generated untold riches —until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion.

Praised as reading "like a fast-paced John le Carré thriller” (New York Times), "compelling” (Washington Post) and "jaw-dropping” (Financial Times), The Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam, but a provocative examination of a financial system that was warped and shady throughout.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Spider Network
Untertitel: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History
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EAN: 9780062453006
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: HarperCollins
Genre: Sonstiges
Anzahl Seiten: 528
Veröffentlichung: 21.03.2017