Liborgate

  • 30 Oct 2014 at 4:30 PM
  • Banks

Deutsche Bank, Suspended Traders Are Friends Again

Alright, you can come down now.When a German judge tells you in clipped tones that you do not want her weighing in on the matter of (a) your suspension for (allegedly!) trying to manipulate interest rates or (b) your suspending said alleged manipulators without actually following any of the (probably thousands of) rules in Germany regarding such, you listen. Deutsche Bank and its suspended traders have listened. 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 »

Given, you know, things, the Financial Conduct Authority would like to spend a little more time and money rooting out a certain type of conduct. Read more »

JP Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank are extending bans on the use of multi-dealer online chatrooms, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters, as banks crack down on potentially inappropriate communications following a string of scandals. Chatrooms have been a focus for regulators investigating manipulation of benchmark interest rates and possible rigging in the $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange (FX) market. A source familiar with developments at JP Morgan, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, said the decision was unrelated to the FX probes which surfaced in June, noting chatrooms had been under review at the bank since earlier this year. “This has always been about more than FX,” the source said, adding that the casual nature of online chatrooms increased the potential for “inappropriate” remarks to be made. [Reuters, Related: UBS Making Foreign Exchange Rate Manipulation Mildly More Inconvenient]

  • 06 Dec 2013 at 2:06 PM

Bob Diamond To Have A Little Chat Re: Libor

Former Barclays boss Bob Diamond and other past executives at the British bank are set to be called as witnesses next year in a court case relating to the alleged manipulation of Libor interest rates. Barclays is being sued for up to 70 million pounds ($114 million) by Guardian Care Homes, a UK residential care home operator, which alleges the bank mis-sold it interest rate hedging products that were based on Libor…A UK judge on Friday refused Barclays’ attempts to adjourn the trial, which is due to start in April. [Reuters]

  • 21 Oct 2013 at 4:05 PM
  • Banks

Libor Manipulators Foiled By Ancient Internet Technology

Deep in the bowels of the Zwillingstürme, Deutsche Bank has found the secretive space where its rogue employees conspired to do terrible things to Libor. Read more »

Time was, RBS had a lax policy on its employees manipulating the price of securities. It wasn’t something management had ever expressed a problem with and certainly no one was going to get fired for doing so, if it was even noticed, which typically it was not. Which is why trader Alex Mallinson felt comfortable engaging in a little market abuse, and why Alex Mallison would’ve continued engaging in a little market abuse, if one guy hadn’t come along and ruined things for the whole group. Read more »

  • 26 Jun 2013 at 5:38 PM

Bonus Watch ’07: ICAP

Employees of the brokerage firm were (allegedly!) rewarded by UBS for a job well done (i.e. helping the Swiss bank Libor). Read more »