Fed Investigated FX Rigging Months Before Manipulation Was Exposed, Did Nothing

Tyler Durden's picture

With the Bank of England recently denying any collusion with dealers to manipulate FX rates and exclaiming "it was not our job to go hunting for the rigging of markets," the WSJ reports that none other than that bastion of trust The Federal Reserve examined key FX benchmarks months before global regulators sounded alarms over the manipulations... but took no action.


Via WSJ,

The Federal Reserve examined a key foreign-exchange benchmark months before global regulators sounded the alarm about potential manipulation, but officials took no public action.


Today, that benchmark—the so-called WM/Reuters fix—is at the center of a burgeoning investigation into whether bank traders and others colluded to manipulate the $5.3-trillion-a-day currencies market. Roughly two dozen bank traders have been fired or suspended. Banks are bracing for potentially huge civil and criminal penalties.


Until earlier this year, the Fed has been absent from the long list of authorities publicly probing the situation.




The New York Fed's queries started around September 2012. At the time, the scandal over banks' attempted manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, was in full swing. Barclays had admitted wrongdoing and reached a high-profile settlement with U.S. and British authorities, and UBS AG was nearing its own $1.5 billion settlement and guilty plea to U.S. criminal charges.


So the New York Fed set out to see how other benchmarks were set, according to a person familiar with the central bank's thinking. The WM/Reuters fix was one place they looked.




"In light of the focus on reference rates in other markets, we sought to better understand the various reference rates that exist in the FX market," a New York Fed spokeswoman said. "Accordingly the [Fed's foreign-exchange committee] undertook an effort to catalog commonly used rates."




"FRBNY representatives expressed a desire to gather more information about the range, type, and use of benchmarks in the foreign-exchange market," according to minutes from the meeting published on the Fed's website.

But - they did nothing...

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Theta_Burn's picture

...And the consequences will be?

y3maxx's picture

"...And the consequences will be?" Ain't gonna happen..Bankers will Demand, Request then Hope for another Tax Payer Bailout.

666's picture

"Bankers will Demand, Request then Hope for another Tax Payer Bailout"

I think you meant to say ...Implement another Tax Payer Bailout.

VD's picture

The Fed was, at very least by association, DOING THE FX RIGGING! WAKE UP PEOPLE!

sodbuster's picture

That's right VD, the Fed did nothing, because fixing and manipulating markets is a normal way of doing business for them.

Thought Processor's picture



This is like asking the Fox to check the Hen House to make sure everything is ok.


What's he gonna say?

NoDebt's picture

Pay a 'huge' fine (.03% of yearly profits), move along.  Per standard operating procedure.

firstdivision's picture

an increase in their bonus.  fx traders hate bonuses...

Racer's picture

They liked what they saw going on and said carry on pals

Criminals and thieves the lot of them

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

The .01% don't eat their own

Colonel Klink's picture

No they marry their own, inbred swine!

Flux's picture

Or in other words ...


It's not our job to have any ethics.

glaucon was right's picture

They said: "Good job!" and left the building.

Pumpkin's picture

They probably just wanted to confirm that the manipulation was done following standard operating procedures.  You know, as to not leave any money laying on the table. 

Judge Crater's picture

So, it turns out every benchmark used by big bankers is rigged no differently than a crooked carnival game of skill.  And the Fed runs this carnival.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Please why would they indict themselves?

Would you?

Rainman's picture

Exactly....The Fed's cousin, BoE, had "reports" on FX rigging at least since 2006 !!

daemon's picture
" Fed Investigated FX Rigging Months Before Manipulation Was Exposed, Did Nothing "

But, what can the Fed do ... against God's workers ?

Irving Phelps's picture

Big fucking surprise! The wolves watching the henhouse are having a blast at the expense of the 99% so why in hell would they want to shit where they eat!!.....cocksuckers!

KickIce's picture
Fed "Provided Training For" FX Rigging Months Before Manipulation Was Exposed


Fixed the title

TrustWho's picture

The Federal Reserve being regulators of banks is worse than having the Fox guard the chicken house. Puerto Rico is bankrupt, but the cabal just unloaded DIP financing ($3.5 billion bond sold with last in gets first recovery status) onto unsuspecting retail buyers the last couple of days. The only problem....Puerto Rico never filed for bankruptcy. This will NOT BE the last in first out financing for Puerto Rico and THE GREAT REGULATOR--THE FED---KNOWS IT. Another bank fraud supported by The Fed.

Fix-ItSilly's picture

In the US, the Fed is not legally allowed to engage in foreign exchange policy, yet it has a large swap with the ECB.  Only the US Treasury, which is linked to our democratic system, is allowed to represent the USD.

So why is the Fed investigating this?  It should be the US Treasury.

Schmuck Raker's picture

This isn't about policy.

IN THEORY the Fed is the ultimate regulator of the banks, and should understand and monitor this crap. But they don't, because IN ACTUALITY the banks regulate the Fed.

jjsilver's picture
"Fed Investigated FX Rigging Months Before Manipulation Was Exposed, Did Nothing." Ya think!

The shareholders of the Private banking cartel, the Federal Reserve are the ones doing the rigging!


Ariadne's picture

When the criminals in the federal government monitor their operations they call it investigating. It looks better on their performance review.

honestann's picture

So, the fed did not investigate actions it sponsored?  Duh!