Gold pricing scrutiny widens
By GCRU Gold News on Monday, March 17 2014, 06:59 - Permalink
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In particular, the focus on bullion looks set to intensify following Friday’s admission by UBS in its 2013 annual report: that a review of its foreign exchange operations has been widened to include its precious metals business.
In the report, the Swiss bank said: “Following an initial media report in June 2013 of widespread irregularities in the foreign exchange markets, UBS immediately commenced an internal review of its foreign exchange business, which includes our precious metals business.”
It added: “A number of authorities also are reportedly investigating potential manipulation of precious metal prices. UBS has taken and will take appropriate action with respect to certain personnel as a result of its ongoing review.”
UBS has been in front of its peers in revealing important details about various regulatory probes – most notably the rigging of Libor and other interbank lending rates.
Until Friday the bank had not mentioned its precious metals business was included in its review of trading practices. There was, for example, no mention of the metals business alongside fourth-quarter results a month ago.