HSBC reportedly blacklists MicroStrategy’s stock for investing in Bitcoin
OSATO AVAN-NOMAYO, 09 April 2021
Buying MicroStrategy stock is reportedly no longer possible for HSBC customers on the bank’s online trading platform — HSBC InvestDirect, or HIDC.
According to a supposed message from the bank to its customers, HSBC has directed users that already own MicroStrategy stock not to buy additional shares.
Twitter user Camiam claimed to have received such a message from the banking giant on March 29: Continue reading “Article: HSBC reportedly blacklists MicroStrategy’s stock for investing in Bitcoin”
A “Very Surprised” JPMorgan Calculates The Damage From The Archegos Collapse
TYLER DURDEN, 30 March 2021
Unlike the devastating London Whale debacle in 2012, which was all JPMorgan eventually drawn and quartered quite theatrically before Congress (and was a clear explanation of how banks used Fed reserves to manipulate markets, something most market participants had no idea was possible), this time JPMorgan was nowhere to be found in the aftermath of the historic margin call that destroyed hedge fund Archegos. Which is may explain why JPMorgan bank analyst Kian Abouhossein admits he is quite “puzzled” by the recent fallout from the Archegos implosion (or maybe JPM simply was not a Prime Broker of the notorious Tiger cub), which however does not prevent him from trying to calculate the capital at risk from the Archegos collapse. Continue reading “Article: A “Very Surprised” JPMorgan Calculates The Damage From The Archegos Collapse”
Citibank Faces New Forex Rigging Suit From Currency Trader
Joanne Faulkner, 29 March 2021
Citibank has become the latest bank to be sued by a British currency investment firm over allegations that its traders manipulated foreign exchange markets for profit, in the expanding litigation accusing the company of trade front-running.
ECU Group PLC alleges in an amended March 10 High Court claim, which was recently made public, that traders at Citibank NA misused its confidential information to make secret profits. They allegedly traded ahead of forex transactions by ECU clients, an illegal tactic known as front-running. Continue reading “Article: Citibank Faces New Forex Rigging Suit From Currency Trader”
Credit Suisse Faces Additional Charges over FX Market Rigging
Arnab Shome, 22 March 2021
The European Commission has slapped an extra antitrust charge sheet against Credit Suisse for its involvement in the manipulation of foreign exchange (forex) markets, according to a Bloomberg report.
The Swiss lender confirmed the fresh charges in addition to the earlier charges, which were introduced in July 2018 for sharing crucial market-related information in chatrooms. However, the bank denied all allegations against it.
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“Credit Suisse continues to believe that it did not engage in any systemic conduct in the FX markets which violated the European Union’s competition rules, and is contesting the EC’s case,” the bank said in a statement.
The EU regulator’s original allegations named several major banks for their part in manipulating the currency benchmarks. Though most of the lenders settled with the regulator, Credit Suisse remains adamant pushing its innocence.
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Citi Must Face Former Trader’s Malicious-Prosecution Lawsuit
Bob Van Voris, Jenny Surane and Michael Leonard, Bloomberg News, 12 March 2021
(Bloomberg) — One of three British traders acquitted of using an online chatroom to fix prices in the foreign exchange market can go forward with a lawsuit claiming that Citigroup Inc. “fabricated” a baseless case against him, a judge ruled.
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero on Thursday rejected the bank’s attempt to have the case dismissed. Former Citigroup trader Rohan Ramchandani sued in 2019 claiming damages of $112 million.
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The ruling clears the way for Ramchandani, a former London-based trader, to move forward with the malicious-prosecution suit, which he brought in New York against a group of the bank’s affiliates after his acquittal.
“Mr. Ramchandani’s claims of malicious prosecution are without merit and we will contest them vigorously,” Danielle Romero-Apsilos, a spokeswoman for the bank, said in an emailed statement.
A Manhattan federal jury in October 2018 found Ramchandani and two other British traders working for other banks — a group dubbed “the Cartel” — not guilty of conspiring through online chatrooms to manipulate the $5.1-trillion-a-day foreign exchange market.
Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc pleaded guilty to currency manipulation in 2015 as part of a $5.8 billion settlement with the DOJ.
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Goldman Faces New Forex Rigging Suit From Currency Trader
Richard Crump, 12 March 2021
Goldman Sachs is being sued in London over allegations that its traders manipulated foreign exchange markets for profit, in the latest lawsuit filed by a British currency investment firm over trade front-running.
ECU Group alleges that traders at Goldman Sachs International misused its confidential information to make secret profits by trading ahead of foreign exchange transactions by the British company, an illegal tactic known as front-running, according to the High Court claim filed in November but only recently made public. Continue reading “Article: Goldman Faces New Forex Rigging Suit From Currency Trader”
Banks Tweak Bond Covenant Language To Protect Against Repeat Of Citi’s $500M “Fat Finger” Loss
TYLER DURDEN, 10 March 2021
After a court battle that dragged on for more than a year, a New York judge shocked the investment banking community last month when they ruled that a group of Revlon creditors could keep some $500MM that they refused to return to Citi after some $900MM was accidentally transferred in what appeared to be a “fat finger”.
At the time, legal experts posited that the judge’s decision, which was based on quirks in New York State law, would force investment banks to reevaluate the wording of their bond covenants in all future deals, as the ruling created new risks that needed to be addressed. Continue reading “Article: Banks Tweak Bond Covenant Language To Protect Against Repeat Of Citi’s $500M “Fat Finger” Loss”
Millions vanish into crypto world in high-yield bond scam
Michael Roddan and Jonathan Shapiro, 08 March 2021
Sophisticated British criminals exploited vulnerabilities in Australia’s search engine and cryptocurrency infrastructure to dupe small investors, lured by the promise of high-yield funds badged by some of the finance world’s most trusted brands.
The complex scheme involved stolen identities and fraudulent prospectuses that claimed to represent high-yield investment funds run by global managers Citibank, Nomura, and IFM Investors. It has ensnared millions from unsuspecting victims who sought better returns as interest rates collapsed during the COVID-19 crisis. Continue reading “Article: Millions vanish into crypto world in high-yield bond scam”
Senator Ossoff Drops a Bombshell: “The 12 or 13 Largest Banks” Got the Trillions from the Fed’s Repo Loans Last Year
Pam Martens and Russ Martens: March 3, 2021 ~ Wall Street on Parade
“Nearly all the money went to too-big-to-fail institutions. For example, in one emergency lending program, the Fed put out $9 trillion and over two-thirds of the money went to just three institutions: Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch.
“Those loans were made available at rock bottom interest rates – in many cases under 1 percent.”
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The GameStop Mess Exposes the Naked Short Selling Scam
LUCY KOMISAR, 25 February 2021
At the House Financial Services Committee hearing last week on the GameStop debacle, there was an elephant in the room: naked short selling.
Short selling, effectively betting that a stock will go down, involves a trader selling shares he does not own, hoping to buy them back at a lower price to make money on the spread. The trader is supposed to locate (or have a “reasonable belief” he can locate) or borrow the shares in brokerage accounts, and then transfer them to the buyer within two days. This accounts for as much as 50 percent of daily trading. Continue reading “Article: The GameStop Mess Exposes the Naked Short Selling Scam”
The LIBOR Scandal
Jason Fernando, 24 February 2021
What Is the LIBOR Scandal?
The LIBOR Scandal was a highly-publicized scheme in which bankers at several major financial institutions colluded with each other to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). The scandal sowed distrust in the financial industry and led to a wave of fines, lawsuits, and regulatory actions. Although the scandal came to light in 2012, there is evidence suggesting that the collusion in question had been ongoing since as early as 2003.
Many leading financial institutions were implicated in the scandal, including Deutsche Bank (DB), Barclays (BCS), Citigroup (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
As a result of the rate fixing scandal, questions around LIBOR’s validity as a credible benchmark rate have arisen and it is now being phased out. According to the Federal Reserve and regulators in the U.K., LIBOR will be phased out by June 30, 2023, and will be replaced by the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR). As part of this phase-out, LIBOR one-week and two-month USD LIBOR rates will no longer be published after December 31, 2021. Continue reading “Article: The LIBOR Scandal”
Naked Short Selling: The Truth Is Much Worse Than You Have Been Told
By James Stafford – Feb 02, 2021, 3:20 PM CST, OilPrice.com
There is a massive threat to our capital markets, the free market in general, and fair dealings overall. And no, it’s not China. It’s a homegrown threat that everyone has been afraid to talk about.
Until now. That fear has now turned into rage.
The naked truth is this: Investors stand no chance in the face of naked short sellers. It’s a game rigged in the favor of a sophisticated short cartel and Wall Street giants.
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Five Banks Settle LIBOR Manipulation Suit for $22 Million
Meg Slachetka, 13 October 2020
Last week, Judge Naomi Buchwald of the Southern District of New York provided final approval of a nearly $22 million settlement between a class of indirect investors and five Wall Street banks that the plaintiff investors accused of manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) in violation of the Sherman Act. The plaintiffs are over-the-counter (OTC) investors who indirectly interacted with the defendant banks via interest rate swaps and other transactions.
These plaintiffs made purchases from other banks that are not defendants in the case; the five settling defendants are JPMorgan, Citibank, Bank of America, HSBC, and Barclays. The suit is one of many filed after Barclays admitted in 2012 that it had manipulated LIBOR. Continue reading “Article: Five Banks Settle LIBOR Manipulation Suit for $22 Million”