The British Financial Services Authority is wresting oversight of the London interbank lending rate from the British Bankers Association as part of an overhaul of the process by which Libor is set. The British government will take a more hands on role, and submissions will be delayed for three months, perhaps diminishing the temptation to rig rates for the purpose of managing perception of a bank’s health.
Right on time, The Wall Street Journal has an “analysis” that shows Libor doesn’t actually reflect banks’ borrowing costs.
Kareem Serageldin, the former head of Credit Suisse’s CDO business arrested in London on Wednesday, said he will fight extradition to the U.S. When Mr. Serageldin was charges in February for running a scheme to falsify trading positions, he expressed surprise over the indictment, noting through lawyers that he was cooperating with attorneys. When he was nabbed outside the U.S. embassy in London this week, he said through a lawyer that he was working on a plea deal, and that his capture was the result of “miscommunication.”
The Senate Banking Committee will hold hearings on high-frequency trading today, and the Wall Street Journal meets the star witnesses: Dave Lauer, a former trader at Citadel and Allston Capital who plans to tell lawmakers that high-speed trading has made markets less fair for many participants; and Andy Brooks, head of U.S. trading for T. Rowe Price, who will say that rules governing high-frequency trading generally favor bodies with short-term profit incentives.
Former Goldman Sachs and UBS trader Haim Bodek went to the SEC after he learned that exchanges were offering some high-frequency traders a way to get their trades processed ahead of ordinary investors, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Goldman Sachs’ Chief Financial Officer David Viniar will retire at the end of January, Read More
better late than never
Back in February, the five biggest U.S. mortgage servicers reached a $25 billion settlement with states attorneys general investigation over foreclosure practices.
The terms of the settlement were fairly complex: The servicers would pay about $5 billion in direct payments to states and borrowers, and provide about $20 billion in so-called consumer relief. So much Read More
John Paulson is a more aggressive risk-taker than other hedge fund managers, a Bank of America executive told clients on a conference call yesterday, Bloomberg reports. Mr. Paulson answered questions from BofA’s wealth management clients after Citigroup’s private banking unit redeemed $410 million from Paulson funds last week.
Ray Dalio isn’t making friends in Stamford, Read More
Nasdaq may be planning to sweeten its compensation offer to entities that suffered losses due to technical problems at the exchange on the day of Facebook’s initial public offering, The New York Post reports, which would fit the pattern: Nasdaq makes an offer, the market makers—Citigroup, UBS, Citadel and Knight—talk tough, Nasdaq ups Read More
Wall Street ax: The six largest U.S. banks have cut 18,000 jobs in the last year, according to The Wall Street Journal, and the industry is showing no signs of slowing down its cost-saving efforts. Goldman Sachs said it would pare an additional $500 million in expenses in the second half of the Read More
Prosecutors tried to stitch together separate strands in the insider-trading case against former McKinsey & Co. CEO Rajat Gupta, Facebook’s market makers may have lost $100 million due to Nasdaq glitches, and more in today’s Wall Street roundup.
U.S. v. Gupta: It was wiretap day at U.S. vs. Gupta, as prosecutors played FBI recordings of Read More
Another big insider trading trial kicks off, a Morgan Stanley analyst cut Facebook projections ahead of Friday’s IPO and the day’s dose on JPMorgan trading losses. And still more in today’s Wall Street roundup.
What’s Good for the Gupta: The trial of former McKinsey & Co. chief executive Rajat Gupta opened yesterday, and Read More
Losses mount: Tack on another $1 billion to the $2 billion-plus in trading losses JPMorgan disclosed a week ago today, says Dealbook, as hedge funds and other investors—knowing that Jamie Dimon’s firm is under pressure to sell out from under the losing bet—continue to prey on the firm’s huge, illiquid position.
Before Bruno Read More