Now regulators from Bern to Washington are examining evidence first reported by Bloomberg News in June that a small group of senior traders at big banks had something else on their screens: details of each other’s client orders. Sharing that information may have helped dealers at firms, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., UBS AG and Barclays Plc, manipulate prices to maximize their own profits, according to five people with knowledge of the probes.
At the center of the inquiries are instant-message groups with names such as ‘The Cartel,’ ‘The Bandits’ Club,’ ‘One Team, One Dream’ and ‘The Mafia,’ in which dealers exchanged information on client orders and agreed how to trade at the fix, according to the people with knowledge of the investigations who asked not to be identified because the matter is pending. Some traders took part in multiple chat rooms, one of them said.
This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on May 31, 2016.