They really wrote it: The best of the worst Libor emails / instant messages

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Many of these are incredible.

Here's a number of astonishing emails / instant messages sent or received by employees at Barclays, Rabobank, RBS and UBS who are alleged to have been involved in manipulating global interest rates.

1. Trader: 'When I retire and write a book about this business, your name will be written in golden letters'.

Submitter: 'I would prefer this (to) not be in any book!'

2. Submitter: '(A manager has) asked me to put it lower than it was yesterday … to send the message that we're not in the shit'.

Manager to trader: 'Just tell him to keep it, to put it low'.

External trader to a Barclays trader, asking for a lower Libor submission: 'If it comes in unchanged I'm a dead man'.

3. External trader to Barclays' trader later that day: 'Dude. I owe you big time! Come over one day after work and I'm opening a bottle of Bollinger'.

4. Swaps trader: 'Sorry to be a pain but just to remind you the importance of a low fixing for us today'.

5. Swaps trader: 'I love you'.

6. 'Morning skipper . . . will be submitting an obscenely high 1m again today', wrote a submitter in 2006 to a trader at another bank

7. 'I am fast turning into your Libor bitch!!!'

8. 'Don’t worry mate – there’s bigger crooks in the market than us guys!'

9. 'Yes, deffinite (sic) manipulation – always is tho to be honest mate . . .  i always used to ask if anyone needed a favour and vice versa . . . a little unethical but always helps to have friends in mrkt'.

9. 'It's just amazing how Libor fixing can make you that much money or lose if opposite ... It's a cartel now in London'.

10. Yen Trader 1: where would you like it[,] libor that is[,] same as yesterday is call

11. Yen Trader 4: 'haha, glad you clarified ! mixed feelings but mostly I’d like it all lower so the world starts to make a little more sense'.

12. Senior Yen Trader: 'the whole HF (hedge fund) world will be kissing you instead of calling me if libor move lower'

13. Senior Yen Trader: 'its just amazing how libor fixing can make you that much money'.

14. Yen Trader 1: 'can we lower our fixings today please (Primary Submitter)

Primary Submitter: 'make your mind up(,]) haha , yes no probs'

Yen Trader 1: 'im like a whores drawers'

15. Swiss Franc Trader: 'can u put 6m swiss libor in low pls?'

Primary Submitter: 'NO'

Swiss Franc Trader: 'should have pushed the door harder'

Primary Submitter: 'Whats it worth'

Swiss Franc Trader: 'ive got some sushi rolls from yesterday?'

Primary Submitter: 'ok low 6m , just for u'.

Swiss Franc Trader: 'if u did that i would come over there and make love to you[,] your choice'

16. 'I will fucking do one humongous deal with you ... Like a 50,000 buck deal, whatever. I need you to keep it as low as possible ... if you do that ... I'll pay you, you know, 50,000 dollars, 100,000 dollars ... whatever you want ... I'm a man of my word'.

17. Panel Bank 1 submitter: 'You know, scratch my back yeah an all'

Broker B: 'Yeah oh definitely, yeah, play the rules'.

18. 'SUPERMAN ... BE A HERO TODAY'. Broker F said: 'ill try mate ... as always'.

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