Economy

RBS and UBS traders to face arrests over Libor scandal within a month

RBS

RBS and UBS traders accused of manipulating the Libor face arrests within a month, Bloomberg’s Lindsay Fortado reports. In case you’ve forgotten, the Libor is the London Interbank Offering Rate, a benchmark rate for financial products worth $360 trillion world wide. This summer, traders were found allegedly colluding with Libor submitters to manipulate …

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Reserve Bank of Australia is printing money for foreign banks

Australian money

Global banking giant UBS says the Reserve Bank may be printing money to keep the Australian dollar under control. UBS analysts Gareth Berry and Andrew Lilley say the evidence that the RBA may have been printing Australian dollars is compelling, but not yet conclusive. The main evidence the analysts cite …

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BitCoin seen through the eyes of a central banker

To us, the ECB’s superficial, amusing take on BitCoin was merely a source of (Friday) humor. To others, such as Tuur Demeester, the ECB’s report on “Virtual Currency Schemes” which was merely a confused attempt to validate the Euro by bashing a prototype electronic currency that others have written far more informed articles …

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Are central banks overstating their gold holdings?

Empty Gold Vault

Romania has demanded for many years that Russia return its gold. Last year, Venezuela demanded the return of 90 tons of gold from the Bank of England. As everyone knows, the German high court ruled that Germany must audit its gold reserves held in foreign countries such as the U.S., England and France. And …

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Australians speak out against high-frequency trading on the ASX

High-frequency trading

The rise in algorithmic and high frequency trading (HFT) on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and global stock exchanges has raised considerable alarm among investors, analysts and other market participants. In an effort to ascertain perceptions in the market relating to algorithmic trading and HFT and the impact both have …

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Australian banks at risk

big four banks Australia

Despite yesterday’s blowout $6 billion or so profit from ANZ, it turns out all is not entirely well in Australia’s financial services industry. For the last five years, the pattern in the markets has been the same. A crisis starts at the margin, with a peripheral player, and then moves …

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€4.9 billion fine for rogue trader

Jerome Kerviel

Former trader Jerome Kerviel has been ordered to spend three years in prison and pay back 4.9 billion euros (£3.9 billion) in damages for one of the biggest trading frauds in history. After a four-week trial in June, the Paris appeals court ruled this afternoon that Mr Kerviel was a …

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U.S. mint continues to sell 50 times more silver than gold

Silver bars

The US Mint’s frantic silver sales pace continued over the weekend, as the Mint reported 430,000 ounces of silver sales over the weekend on Monday.  Perhaps more importantly, the US Mint Silver eagle to US Gold eagle sales ratio continues to exceed 50 to 1, a pace that is simply unsustainable with a …

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