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According to the Collins English Dictionary 10th Edition fraud can be defined as: "deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage".[1] In the broadest sense, a fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual; the related adjective is fraudulent. The specific legal definition varies by legal jurisdiction. Fraud is a crime, and also a civil law violation. Defrauding people or entities of money or valuables is a common purpose of fraud, but there have also been fraudulent "discoveries", e.g. in science, to gain prestige rather than immediate monetary gain
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Goldman Sachs's Gary Gensler

We have wondered about Gary Gensler's ability (or desire) to bring real reform to the financial system through his work as chair of the CFTC.  Now we know that he was doing his job too well because he has been replaced for being "too aggressive" in his attempt to reform and regulate swaps.

Banks Manipulating Trades and Rigging Benchmarks in Foreign Exchange Markets
By Jesse's Café Américain

Are there any markets that have not been corrupted by lax regulation, and as a consequence by Banks who have been emboldened in their insatiable greed by the lack of effective enforcement of the rules and equal justice for all?

It is somewhat ironic that this news of routine price rigging comes on the revelation that Obama is replacing Gary Gensler, Chairman of the CFTC, for being too aggressive in seeking to regulate the Swaps markets and angering some foreign banks (read London trading operations of the big multinational banks). 

London has become a favored haven for corrupt financial practices such as 'the London Whale.'

I will suggest to you that this is still just the tip of the iceberg.  And for those who assert that there is no manipulation in the precious metals markets, despite all the odd price action and blatantly predatory selling raids, I would suggest that they are obviously lacking in something, exactly what I cannot say.

There will be no sustainable recovery until the impediments to honest price discovery and the pernicious tax of corruption is eliminated through greater transparency, equal enforcement of existing laws, and serious reform.  

Read the rest of the article here
Read Bloomberg's article here


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