LATEST NEWS : Global Banks Face 25% Loss-Absorbency Rule in FSB Plan

The largest global banks will have to hold more capital and liabilities than previously reported that can automatically be written off in a crisis — as much as a quarter of risk-weighted assets — as regulators take on lenders deemed too big to fail. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS: Banks Sued on Claims of Fixing Price of Gold

Frustrated traders and offbeat activists have complained for years in whispers and in online screeds that the price of gold has been subject to collusion. On Monday, these accusations of manipulation found a more august arena for expression: the federal courts. At a 40-minute hearing, lawyers for more than 20 plaintiffs gathered in Federal District Court in […]

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Barclays, Deutsche Bank Accused of Gold Fix Manipulation

Barclays Plc (BARC), Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) and three other banks were accused in a lawsuit of manipulating the London gold fix, a benchmark used throughout the $20 trillion market for the metal. Kevin Maher, a New York resident who says he bought and sold gold and gold futures and options, sued yesterday in Manhattan federal court claiming the five banks […]

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Gold Fix Study Shows Signs of Decade of Bank Manipulation

The London gold fix, the benchmark used by miners, jewelers and central banks to value the metal, may have been manipulated for a decade by the banks setting it, researchers say. Unusual trading patterns around 3 p.m. in London, when the so-called afternoon fix is set on a private conference call between five of the […]

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Century-Old London Gold Benchmark Fix Said to Face Overhaul

Banks are considering an overhaul ofLondon’s century-old gold benchmark used by miners, jewelers and central banks to buy, sell and value the precious metal, according to a person with knowledge of the process. The five banks that oversee the so-called London gold fixing — Barclays Plc (BARC), Deutsche Bank AG (DBK), Bank of Nova Scotia, HSBC Holdings Plc […]

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China’s yuan makes waves on international currency markets

Evidence the yuan is becoming truly global can be found in Rongrong Huo’s passport, which shows the HSBC banker bouncing from Switzerland to South Africa fielding inquiries from a growing number of clients on how they can trade China’s currency. “The market potential is huge,” Huo, who heads HSBC’s yuan business development for Europe, said […]

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IMF Sees Business-Loan Losses of EU250 Billion in EU Banks

“Banks in Spain, Italy and Portugal face about 250 billion euros ($338 billion) in potential losses on their business loans over the next two years, the International Monetary Fund said. About one-fifth of combined corporate loans is at risk of default in the three economies, which are forecast to contract this year, according to the […]

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How the Bank Lobby Loosened U.S. Reins on Derivatives

“One by one, Gary Gensler’s supporters deserted him. Now the chief U.S. regulator of derivatives was being summoned by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to explain why he refused to compromise. Banks and lawmakers, as well as financial regulators from around the world, had besieged Lew with complaints about Gensler’s campaign to impose U.S. rules […]

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Currency Spikes at 4 P.M. in London Provide Rigging Clues

“In the space of 20 minutes on the last Friday in June, the value of the U.S. dollar jumped 0.57 percent against its Canadian counterpart, the biggest move in a month. Within an hour, two-thirds of that gain had melted away. The same pattern — a sudden surge minutes before 4 p.m. in London on […]

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Gold Investors Seek Alpine Haven in Swiss Army Bunkers

The week after Cyprus said in March it would impose a levy on bank deposits of more than 100,000 euros ($132,000) amid Europe’s debt crisis, Rene Buchwalder’s business boomed. “This bar is one of the best sellers,” said the former UBS AG (UBSN) banker, standing in the vault of his Swiss gold and silver trading […]

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