Dollar Lending Rates Rise Dollar lending rates rose on the interbank forex market despite the announcement of plans for the US government to bailout the failing Citigroup bank. The LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) rate for three month loans in dollars rose slightly from 2.16% Friday to 2.17 on Monday, Nov, 24th, 2008. Increase in LIBOR Rate The increase in the LIBOR rate is important for the interbank forex, the financial sector, and the wider economy. The LIBOR determines rates for loans to households, and businesses. Many mortgages and student loans are tied to the LIBOR rate and can have wide ranging effects on the day to day economy. The rate increase suggests that banks are worried that other financial institutions could collapse in a chaotic global economy.