Former JP Morgan FX trader Akshay Aiyer has been found guilty by a New York jury of price fixing relating to his activities in various Bloomberg chatrooms in which he colluded with other traders to manipulate markets, prices and spreads to clients, according to a report by Law360. The jury convicted Aiyer after a short […]
In something of a surprise move the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has announced the closure of its investigation into Libor manipulation, which has been going on since 2012. The SFO says in a statement, “Following a thorough investigation and a detailed review of the available evidence, there will be no further charges brought in […]
The Ontario Securities Commission is to hold a hearing at which it will be decided whether to accept settlement offers from the Royal Bank of Canada and TD Bank over the banks’ alleged insufficient controls over and failure to adequately supervise their FX businesses. The hearing will be heard tomorrow (August 30) in Toronto and […]
In what can only be described as a plea for sanity, this very brief column has only one message – get over it people! In an absolute shocker (yes, that is sarcasm), a group of banks are being sued in the UK over FX manipulation and the use of chat rooms. This seems to have […]
Former Deutsche Bank trader and managing director Andreas Hauschild has been acquitted of conspiracy to defraud at London’s Southwark Crown Court over the rigging of the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) after being found not guilty of manipulating the benchmark rate during global financial crisis. The case was brought by the UK”s Serious Fraud Office […]
The European Union has formally fined five banks a total of EUR 1.07 billion for taking part in what the EU terms two “cartels” in the spot FX market, involving trades in 11 currencies. Two settlement decisions have been announced, the first involves a group called the “Three Way Banana Split” which sees a total […]
So we brace ourselves, as an industry, for more bad headlines about conduct in the FX markets, however in contrast to previous instances, the industry should be ready on this occasion. The culmination of the European Union’s clearly exhaustive and complicated investigation into events that first came to light six years ago is upon us […]
A jury at a London court has found former Barclays interest rate trader Carlo Palombo, guilty of manipulating the Euribor benchmark interbank lending rate, however it found a fellow former Barclays trader not guilty and is still considering its verdict in a third related case.
The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) brought the case, alleging that Palombo, Sisse Bohart, who was acquitted, and Colin Bermingham, who is awaiting a verdict, colluded with former Deutsche Bank counterparts Christian Bittar and Phillipe Moryoussef to fix the benchmark rate set. The methodology alleged by the SFO was very familiar to anyone following these cases – the dealers allegedly pressured fellow workers who were charged with submitting the bank’s reference rate, to alter to suit the accused’s books.
Bittar and Moryoussef were convicted last year on the same charges, the latter was given an eight-year jail sentence, which Bittar, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.
Scepticism abounds in this week’s In the FICC of It podcast as Colin Lambert and Galen Stops take a look at the latest bank to unveil a digital markets strategy – including all your favourite buzzwords. While Stops believes this is the latest move in what will be a growing trend, our podcasters also wonder whether it’s not really just a rebranding exercise?
They then move into more traditional areas and discuss JP Morgan’s survey on FX market conditions, and while they agree with a lot of the findings, there are one or two areas that raise an eyebrow, not least around internalisation and AI.
AI-generated trading and liquidity are also the forefront as they move on to share their thoughts around the flash crash in Jardine Matheson stock last week in Singapore, including asking the question, what does it mean for market maker programmes and certain order types?
The discussion then moves on to look at the latest FX turnover surveys from the world’s FX committees, with particular attention on three interesting/puzzling (delete as appropriate) elements of the UK report surrounding RMB, NDFs and voice brokers.
The podcast ends on with Lambert praising “the optimism of youth” after Stops highlights what he thinks could be a very important line at the end of the latest document detailing an FX-related fine in the US – in other words, the cynic in him won the day!
The problems around OTC market benchmarks are well-established, but it’s not just limited to these markets – there are suspicions and claims about collusion and attempted manipulation in listed markets as well. The latest lawsuit against FX banks has a very interesting paragraph in it which highlights the Plaintiffs’ belief that the Fix is open to manipulation, which begs the question, “Why use it?”
So is it time for a rational and genuine discussion about the use of these benchmarks? I think it is.