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Banks Rig $4.7 Trillion A Day Currency Markets To Profit Off Clients


by GoldCore

 

Today’s AM fix was USD 1,377.25, EUR 1,036.77 and GBP 878.40 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,369.50, EUR 1,031.10 and GBP 880.93 per ounce.

Gold fell $6.70 or 0.48% yesterday to $1,378.70/oz and silver slid to $21.49 and finished down 1.19%.


Cross Currency Table – (Bloomberg)

Gold prices are mixed today and while flat in US dollars are lower in Aussie dollars and higher in Japanese yen which has taken another pummelling on foreign exchange markets.

The world’s biggest banks have been manipulating benchmark foreign-exchange rates used to set the value of trillions of dollars of investments, according to a Bloomberg investigation.

Employees have been front-running client orders and rigging WM/Reuters rates by pushing through trades before and during the 60-second windows when the benchmarks are set, said five current and former traders, who requested anonymity because the practice is controversial.

Dealers colluded with counterparts to boost chances of moving the rates, said two of the people, who worked in the industry for a total of more than 20 years.

The behavior occurred daily in the spot foreign-exchange market and has been going on for at least a decade, affecting the value of funds and derivatives and all investments.

The Financial Conduct Authority, Britain’s markets supervisor, is considering opening a probe into potential manipulation of the rates, according to a person briefed on the matter.

Informed observers have long warned that the global $4.7-trillion-a-day foreign exchange market, the biggest in the financial system has all the hallmarks of a casino.

The inherent conflict banks face between executing client orders and profiting from their own trades is exacerbated because most currency trading takes place away from exchanges.


Gold in Euros, 3 Year – (Bloomberg)

The FCA already is working with regulators worldwide to review the integrity of benchmarks, including those used in valuing derivatives and commodities, after three lenders were fined about $2.5 billion for rigging the London interbank offered rate, or Libor. Regulators also are investigating benchmarks for the crude-oil and swaps markets.

“The price mechanism is the anchor of our entire economic system,” said Tom Kirchmaier, a fellow in the financial-markets group at the London School of Economics. “Any rigging of the price mechanism leads to a misallocation of capital and is extremely costly to society.”

The benchmarks are based on actual trades or quotes, rather than the bank estimates used to calculate Libor. Still, they’re susceptible to rigging, according to the five traders, who said they had engaged in or witnessed the practice.

The traders interviewed by Bloomberg News declined to identify which banks engaged in manipulative practices and didn’t specifically allege that any of the top four firms were involved. Spokesmen for Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Barclays and UBS declined to comment.

It is becoming increasingly evident that many key financial markets are being rigged and manipulated by banks and central banks today. Some of the manipulation is overt, some is covert.

The world’s largest banks are fixing prices in many key markets and benchmarks which is affecting the value of money itself and will ultimately leading to the value of money in your pocket becoming worth much less.

It is distorting markets and leading to a false sense of security and unwarranted and dangerous risk appetite.

It leads to a heightened risk of market dislocations, market crashes and monetary crisis. It could also lead to the much anticipated default on the COMEX as more and more nervous investors, individual and institutional, opt to take delivery of physical bullion.

This makes owning physical gold in your possession or in a vault that you can ship from at will more vitally important than ever before.


Gold In British Pounds, 3 Year – (Bloomberg)

Comex, Nymex Gold Delivery Issues, Stops for June 11
The following is a table detailing daily issues and stops related to deliveries of gold against expiring contracts traded on the Comex or the New York Mercantile Exchange for June 11, according to CME Group Inc.

The notices reflect the movement of metals to offset each long or short futures position with supplies held in exchange-monitored warehouses. Issuers are making deliveries, and stoppers are taking deliveries.

=============================================================================

June 11    June 10      June 7   June 6     June 5    June 4

2013         2013        2013       2013       2013      2013

=============================================================================

————————– Gold —————————-

Issues/stops           18        195               132        318        826       333

Month to date      7,871      7,853           7,658      7,526      7,208     6,382

Settlement        1,377.0    1,386.2        1,383.0    1,415.7    1,398.4   1,397.1

Delivery date    06/13/13   06/12/13   06/11/13   06/10/13   06/07/13  06/06/13

Contract        June 2013  June 2013  June 2013  June 2013  June 2013 June 2013

=============================================================================

June 11    June 10     June 7     June 6     June 5    June 4

2013       2013       2013       2013       2013      2013

=============================================================================
SOURCE: CME Group Inc. via Bloomberg

Comex Issues and Stops of Silver by Firm for June 11 (Table)
The following is a table detailing daily issues and stops by company related to deliveries of silver against expiring contracts traded on the Comex, according to CME Group Inc.

The notices reflect the movement of silver to offset each long or short futures position with supplies held in exchange-monitored warehouses. Issuers are making deliveries, and stoppers are taking deliveries.

======================================================================

Account       Firm                               Issued    Stopped

======================================================================

———————-  June 11  ———————–

Daily Total                               55         55

Month to Date                                     90

———————————————————————

House         Nova Scotia                       0         21

Customer      JP Morgan                     36          0

House         JP Morgan                        19          0

Customer      ABN Amro                        0         34

======================================================================

Account       Firm                               Issued    Stopped

======================================================================

———————-  June 10  ———————–

Daily Total                                  2          2

Month to Date                                      35

———————————————————————

House         Nova Scotia                        0          2

Customer      JP Morgan                       2          0

———————-  June 5  ———————–

Daily Total                               11         11

Month to Date                                       33

———————————————————————

House         Nova Scotia                         0          8

Customer      JP Morgan                        0          3

Customer      ABN Amro                      11          0

———————-  May 31  ———————–

Daily Total                                  2          2

Month to Date                                      22

———————————————————————

House         Nova Scotia                       0          2

======================================================================

Account       Firm                               Issued    Stopped

======================================================================

Customer      PTG Div. Newedge          2          0

———————-  May 30  ———————–

Daily Total                                  20         20

Month to Date                                         20

———————————————————————

Customer      Merrill                                  5          0

House         Nova Scotia                          0         13

Customer      JP Morgan                          0          5

House         JP Morgan                           15          0

Customer      PTG Div. Newedge           0          2

======================================================================
SOURCE: CME Group Inc. via Bloomberg

NEWS
Bloomberg News Investigation Finds Big Banks Manipulate Currency Markets – Bloomberg

Japan To Adopt ‘Bail-Ins’ – Yahoo

Gold extends declines into 2nd day on stimulus worries – Reuters

Gold Near Two-Week Low as Investors Weigh Global Stimulus Curbs – Bloomberg

COMMENTARY
Smart Wealthy Want Physical – “Rather Own A Gold Bric” – CNBC

JPM Vault Gold Drops By 28.4% Overnight, Slides To Fresh Record Low As Withdrawals Accelerate – Zero Hedge

Explosive Positioning In Gold Futures – You Tube

When Bond Bubble Bursts, Investors Will Get Hurt – The Telegraph

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