Barclays

The world’s biggest banks are overhauling how they trade currencies to regain the trust of customers and preempt regulators’ efforts to force changes on an industry tarnished by allegations of manipulation. Barclays Plc, Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and UBS AG, which together account for 43 percent of foreign-exchange trading by banks, are introducing measures to make it harder for dealers to profit from confidential customer information and take advantage of clients in the largely unregulated $5.3 trillion-a-day currency market, according to people with knowledge of the changes. Banks have capped what employees can charge for exchanging currencies, limited dealers’ access to information about customer orders, banned the use of online chat rooms and pushed trades onto electronic platforms, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to discuss their firms’ practices. [Bloomberg]

The corpse of Lehman Brothers wants the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to take a really close look at the part of its bankruptcy that say “no cash” should go to Barclays when it bought Lehman’s brokerage. Because, you know, their honors this month said that Barclays could have $4 billion in cash from the brokerage, and, not to belabor the point, but that seems like a lot more than “no cash.” Read more »

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  • 04 Aug 2014 at 12:02 PM

Donald Trump Now Offering Legal Advice To Barclays

Back in July, Barclays was hit with a major lawsuit by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who alleged the bank “favored high-frequency traders in its dark pool and then lied to clients about their participation in the trading venue.” It wasn’t a great look for the Brits and it came at an especially awkward time for chief executive officer Antony Jenkins, who was supposed to be making the place less fraud friendly than it was under his predecessor. And while the bank has its own lawyers on payroll, who have already responded to the charges, one guy who knows from lawsuits has chosen to offer his unsolicited counsel nevertheless. Read more »

Will Barclays reprise its role as sucker to take the hardest fall? Or has it learned its lesson and won’t be raising its hand first this time? Read more »

What to Eric Schneiderman’s naked eye appears as fraud, Barclays customers apparently understand is just totally legitimate ways of doing business, according to the bank. Therefore, it wants this dark pools lawsuit dismissed and never mentioned again. Not once! Read more »

Until recently, like, say, this morning, Bill White headed the group that made headlines this week for fraud (allegedly lying to clients about high frequency trading, this and that). And, technically, he’s still got his job, though for the time being it will involve answering questions posed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and not coming within 200 feet of clients. Obviously, CEO Antony Jenkins would prefer to fire White or at the very least spend an hour or so pelting him crumpets, since he really kind of put his boss in an awkward spot in light of the whole promise Jenkins made re: Barclays not being the kind of bank that does this kind of stuff anymore. But time and place, etc. Read more »