An ethical person - like a politician, banker or lawyer - may know right from wrong, but unlike many of them, a moral person lives it. An Americanist first already knows that.
Bankers and their government agents will always act in their own best interests. Any residual benefit flowing down to the citizens by happenstance will just be litter.
We would never expect justice from any DOJ (AG Eric Holder) within this administration. Instead, we suspect it'll be the move to put to bed all these "Go Nowhere" bank investigations so bank corruption can continue and not become an issue for the next Administration, Republican or Democrat. In any event, as obliging members of the crime syndicate, the Supreme Court and the impotent congress will oblige their bosses - which are not their constituents.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The trading of foreign currencies represents the richest of all exchanges in the financial world, what with $5 trillion in monies changing hands every day.
And now the U.S. Department of Justice is going after traders at the world’s largest banks who may have conspired via instant messaging to manipulate the price of currency exchanges in order to boost profits.
The investigation is focusing on those belonging to “the cartel,” an industry nickname given to traders at institutions like Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Citigroup and others suspected of violating federal law, according to The New York Times.
The traders from these banks—also referred to as “the bandits club”—are alleged to have formulated their schemes in electronic chat room meetings via instant messaging.
“The manipulation we’ve seen so far may just be the tip of the iceberg,” Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. told the newspaper. “We’ve recognized that this is potentially an extremely consequential investigation.”
Holder’s probe has enlisted the help of at least one trader involved in the alleged illegal trading.
Right now, nine of the largest banks in currency trading are facing inquiries, which prompted the institutions to place about a dozen traders on leave pending the outcome of the investigations. Some of these firms are also said to be considering limiting the ability of their traders to engage in electronic communication.
In addition to the U.S. looking into currency trading activities over a 10-year period, Britain, the European Union, Switzerland and Hong Kong are also scrutinizing the trading activity.