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Saudi firm sues Barclays for $10bn

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A property company controlled by one of Saudi Arabia’s richest men, Sheikh Mohamed bin Issa al Jaber, is suing Barclays for $10bn (£6bn). The company alleges that Barclays stopped pursuing lease payments on military complexes from the Saudi government so the bank could get a lucrative banking licence to operate in the kingdom. A lawsuit filed in New York State ... Read More »

UK’s top 4 banks under major investigation

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Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Lloyds may be forced to break up following a finance watchdog’s inquiry. The watchdog claims Britain’s banking sector is characterized by anti-competitiveness and a failure to meet ordinary citizens and small business’ needs. Outlining its proposals for a sweeping 18-month investigation into Britain’s major banks, the newly-established Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ... Read More »

Barclays fined £26 million for manipulating price of gold for a decade

Barclays gold price rigging

It was almost inevitable: a week after we wrote “From Rothschild To Koch Industries: Meet The People Who “Fix” The Price Of Gold” and days after “Barclays’ Head Of Gold Trading, And Gold “Fixer”, Is Leaving The Bank“, earlier today the UK Financial Conduct Authority finally formalized what most in the “tin-foil” hat community had known for years, when it ... Read More »

British bank Barclays to cut 3,700 jobs

Barclays Bank

Barclays, the third largest bank in Britain, is to cut at least 3,700 jobs as part of chief executive Antony Jenkins’ plan to overhaul the bank’s culture and reduce annual costs by £1.7 billion. Seeking to rebuild its reputation and boost profitability after a series of scandals, Barclays said it would shed 1,800 posts from its corporate and investment banking ... Read More »

Three arrested in UK over Libor rate fixing scandal

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The UK anti-fraud agency has arrested three men in connection with the Libor interest rate manipulation scandal that broke earlier this year. According to Britain’s Serious Fraud Office, the three British men are aged 33, 41 and 47 and are all currently living in the United Kingdom. They have been taken to a London police station for questioning. The arrests ... Read More »

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

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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 the rate at various major banks. The scandal took down Barclays CEO Bob ... Read More »

RBS traders boast of making major $$$ by rigging interest rates

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Senior traders at Royal Bank of Scotland boasted about operating a “cartel” that made “amazing” amounts of money by rigging interest rates, it has been disclosed. Internal messages revealed in court documents apparently show how traders claimed they could manipulate Libor, which is used to set borrowing costs for millions of businesses, consumers and investors. The messages, some sent just ... Read More »

Poor thieves go to jail, rich thieves don’t

Rachael Claire Martin

From the Mail: A bank clerk who dreamed of becoming a model stole £46,000 from the tills — and spent it on plastic surgery and shopping sprees. Rachael Claire Martin, 24, used the cash to fund a boob job, dental work and liposuction, as well as hair extensions and nights out. She took thousands at a time from her Barclays ... Read More »

The Libor scandal explained

Libor Scandal

According to news reports, UK banks fixed the London interbank borrowing rate (Libor) with the complicity of the Bank of England (UK central bank) at a low rate in order to obtain a cheap borrowing cost. The way this scandal is playing out is that the banks benefitted from borrowing at these low rates. Whereas this is true, it also ... Read More »