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Scale of UBS Libor abuse 'shows why FSA is being dismantled'

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After Swiss bank UBS agree to pay £940m in fines to settle charges of manipulating Libor, Damian Reece, The Telegraph's Head of Business, says the scale of undetected wrongdoing is "shocking".

 

Swiss banking giant UBS has agreed to pay £940m to regulators in order to settle charges of manipulating Libor interest rates, fraud and paying bribes to brokers. UBS' 1.4bn Swiss franc (£940m) fine includes a £160m payment to the Financial Services Authority, the largest penalty ever levied by the British watchdog, and $1.2bn paid to US authorities.

 

The penalty is the second-largest fine paid by a bank and is more than three times the £290m fine levied on Barclays in June for attempting to rig the Libor benchmark rate used to price financial contracts around the world. The FSA said at least 45 people were involved in or were aware of the rigging and that the breaches occurred over a five-year period between January 2005 and December 2010. The watchdog described the misconduct as "extensive and widespread", with at least 2,000 requests for inappropriate submissions documented and "unquantifiable" number of oral requests.

 

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/libor-scandal/9755469/Scale-of-UBS-Libor-abuse-shows-why-FSA-is-being-dismantled.html


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