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Barclays now investigated over its "Dark Pool" trading system
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They better not open up this smelly sewer too far as I suspect all manner of dirty deals are hidden therein.

Quote:Barclays investigated in US over 'dark pool' activities

New York attorney general alleges systematic fraud and that private trading system at bank 'invited predators'

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Barclays faces a legal inquiry over its trading systems in the US. Photograph: Rex/Rex Features

Barclays is facing a fresh blow to its reputation after receiving a lawsuit over its "dark pool", the specialist trading system publicised by the author Michael Lewis in his latest book about Wall Street.
In the latest setback for the bank as it battles to restore its reputation following the Libor-rigging scandal, the New York attorney general accused Barclays of misrepresenting the safety of its dark pool, a trading system under which trades can be conducted in private.
Eric Schneiderman accused Barclays of "a systematic pattern of fraud and deceit" by operating its dark pool to favour high-frequency traders firms that use complex computer systems to buy and sell huge volumes of stocks in milliseconds to take advantage of often tiny movements in share prices.
Schneiderman is conducting a sweeping investigation into these trading systems at a time when some experts calculate high-frequency trading accounts for the majority of US stock market trading.
Scrutiny of the practice intensified following the March release of Lewis's book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, which argues that high-frequency traders have rigged the stock market by taking advantage of systems unavailable to others.
Dark pools are a type of private market through which investors can deal without revealing their identities. Barclays' dark pool, LX, is one of the biggest. Recent data shows that in one week in June it traded more than 282m shares.
Barclays said it took the allegations seriously and had been co-operating with the attorney general and other regulators. "The integrity of the markets is a top priority for Barclays," the bank said.
Schneiderman said: "The facts alleged in our complaint show that Barclays demonstrated a disturbing disregard for its investors in a systematic pattern of fraud and deceit." He added: "Barclays grew its dark pool by telling investors they were diving into safe waters. According to the lawsuit, Barclays' dark pool was full of predators there at Barclays' invitation."
The action by the US attorney general comes as Barclays attempts to clean up its public image after the June 2012 fine for Libor rigging which forced out the then chief executive Bob Diamond and led to Antony Jenkins being promoted to replace him.
But Jenkins's attempts to show that the culture of the bank is changing have been impeded by a number of issues, including a £26m fine last month for failings relating to the way the price of gold is "fixed".
Like others, Barclays is part of a global investigation into the way currencies are priced. It also fighting a £50m fine from the City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, over information it disclosed during a fundraising in 2008 that allowed it to avoid a taxpayer bailout.
The FCA says the bank "acted recklessly" but Barclays is contesting the findings, which are also subject to investigations by the Serious Fraud Office.
Schneiderman alleged Barclays made false claims about the extent and type of high-frequency trading in its dark pool. In one example he said the bank removed the name of a high-frequency trading firm, then the fund's largest participant, from its marketing material. The attorney general claimed the bank knew the trader engaged in predatory behaviour. In response to the change, Schneiderman claimed, one employee stated: "I had always liked the idea that we were being transparent, but happy to take liberties if we can all agree."
Schneiderman's office said in a statement: "Barclays heavily promoted a service called Liquidity Profiling, which Barclays claimed was a 'surveillance' system that tracked every trade in Barclays' dark pool in order to identify predatory traders, rate them based on the objective characteristics of their trading behaviour, and hold them accountable for engaging in predatory practices."
The latest accusations by the attorney general allege that:
Barclays never prohibited any trader from participating in its dark pool, no matter how predatory its activity was determined to be.
Barclays did not regularly update the ratings of high-frequency trading firms monitored by Liquidity Profiling.
Barclays "overrode" certain Liquidity Profiling ratings including for some of its own internal trading desks that engaged in high-frequency trading by assigning safe ratings to traders that were otherwise determined to be toxic.
Schneiderman alleged Barclays operated its dark pool to favour high-frequency traders and gave them systematic advantages over others trading in the pool in order to attract them.
He said the investigation was aided "significantly" by a number of former Barclays employees.
Bloomberg quoted Lewis's book: "Why would anyone pay for access to customers' orders inside a Wall Street bank's dark pool? The straight answer was that a customer's stock market order, inside a dark pool, was fat and juicy prey."
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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David Guyatt Wrote:They better not open up this smelly sewer too far as I suspect all manner of dirty deals are hidden therein.

A whole world full of shit :Toilet: we'll all be swimming in it if this dam is breeched. But bring it on I say.

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Barclays is facing a fresh blow to its reputation

They still have a reputation? :Laugh:
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