【英语财经】德国称多家银行涉嫌操纵汇市 German forex claim fuels bank scandals

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2014-5-21 06:41

小艾摘要: Germany’s financial watchdog yesterday revealed it held -concrete evidence that banks had tried to manipulate the ¢5.3tn a day foreign exchange markets even as Brussels charged three more over a rat ...
German forex claim fuels bank scandals
Germany’s financial watchdog yesterday revealed it held -concrete evidence that banks had tried to manipulate the ¢5.3tn a day foreign exchange markets even as Brussels charged three more over a rate-rigging cartel, in a sign that the industry has not yet put scandal behind it.

The news, which came less than 24 hours after US authorities fined Credit Suisse $2.6bn for helping clients with tax evasion, reinforced fears in the executive ranks of US and European banks that they still faced serious legal challenges.

Senior bankers told the Financial Times they feared the forex probes would prompt another round of multibillion-dollar penalties echoing the punishment meted out in the Libor-rigging scandal, which has so far cost the industry $5.8bn in fines.

Deutsche Bank warned this week that it would have to take further provisions for legal challenges. “We see continued deterioration of the litigation environment, especially in the United States,” Stefan Krause, Deutsche Bank’s chief financial officer, said on Monday.

HSBC and Crédit Agricole were among a trio of banks charged by Brussels, drawing them for the first time into an interbank lending rate-rigging scandal that crossed three -continents.

The European Commission charged the European banks, as well as US rival JPMorgan, with participating in a cartel to manipulate the Euribor interest rate benchmark, after the trio held out against a settlement last year.

Joaquín Almunia, the EU competition commissioner, said the cartels were “appalling examples of the misconduct” in the financial sector. All three banks deny wrongdoing over Euribor.

就在布鲁塞尔方面又指控了三家银行参与利率操纵卡特尔之际,德国金融监管机构昨日披露称,它握有切实证据,能证明多家银行曾企图操纵日交易额5.3万亿欧元的外汇市场。这一消息凸显出,银行业仍未告别丑闻。

不到24小时之前,美国当局刚刚因瑞士信贷(Credit Suisse)帮助客户逃税而对其处以26亿美元罚款。德国方面的这一消息令欧美银行业高管更加担心他们仍面临严峻的法律挑战。

几名资深银行家向英国《金融时报》表示,他们担心外汇操纵调查会催生另一轮数十亿美元的罚款,让伦敦银行间同业拆借利率(Libor)操纵丑闻中那种惩罚阵势重演。Libor操纵丑闻迄今已导致银行业付出58亿美元的罚款。

德意志银行(Deutsche Bank)本周警告称,该行将不得不调高应对法律挑战的拨备。德银首席财务官斯特凡?克劳泽(Stefan Krause)周一表示:“我们看到诉讼环境持续恶化,特别是在美国。”

汇丰(HSBC)和法国农业信贷银行(Crédit Agricole)是布鲁塞尔方面指控的三家银行中的两家。本次指控让它们首次卷入了一场横跨三大洲的银行间同业拆借利率操纵丑闻。

欧盟委员会(European Commission)指控上述两家欧洲银行以及它们的美国竞争对手摩根大通(JPMorgan)参与了操纵欧洲银行间欧元同业拆借利率(Euribor)基准的卡特尔。此前,这三家银行在去年拒绝了一项和解提议。

欧盟反垄断专员华金?阿尔穆尼亚(Joaquin Almunia)表示,这类卡特尔是金融业“违规行为的恶劣例子”。这三家银行均否认在Euribor上有过不法行为。

译者/阑天

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