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Another day, another banking scandal: the UK Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards has exposed the follies of the City’s badly behaved bankers. Another day, another banking scandal: the UK Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards has exposed the follies of the City’s badly behaved bankers. AAP

London’s bad bankers thrown into the lion’s den

Though it rarely rates a mention in the Australian financial press, there is a spectacle in London at the moment that rivals even the most ferocious games at the Roman Colosseum. Almost every day, a bunch…
The UK’s LIBOR system was designed to be transparent but difficult to game: so what happened? The UK’s LIBOR system was designed to be transparent but difficult to game: so what happened? AAP

Watching the dominos fall in the LIBOR crisis

Imagine if we discovered that the monthly setting of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s cash rate was rigged. There would quite rightly be outrage. We trust the RBA Board to make these calls, month after…
As part of its settlement with the Department of Justice, an external monitor will be appointed to oversee HSBC’s corporate compliance processes. As part of its settlement with the Department of Justice, an external monitor will be appointed to oversee HSBC’s corporate compliance processes.

Banks on alert as regulators step up pressure on HSBC

This week, two different approaches to embedding restraint began to take shape as London-headquartered banks reflected on the exceptional power of the United States Department of Justice to shift cultural…
As regulators finally move on the Libor scandal, are they asking themselves the right questions? As regulators finally move on the Libor scandal, are they asking themselves the right questions?

In the Libor scandal, where were the regulators?

Welcome to the third and final part of Back to the Future. AS HSBC is fined US$1.9 billion for “egregious” money laundering and the first arrests are made in the Libor scandal, the need for the public…
Institutionalising restraint is business practice will prove challenging for HSBC and regulators alike. Institutionalising restraint is business practice will prove challenging for HSBC and regulators alike.

Banks behaving badly: HSBC settles in money laundering probe

The $1.92 billion deferred prosecution entered into by HSBC with US regulators is one of the most significant financial penalties imposed on a global bank. On Tuesday in a Federal Court in Brooklyn, HSBC…
Banks behaving badly: ensuring banks' sustainability reports are accurate and credible will go some way in restoring public confidence. Banks behaving badly: ensuring banks' sustainability reports are accurate and credible will go some way in restoring public confidence. AAP

To be good corporate citizens, banks must improve their sustainability reporting

“Events over the past couple of years have raised profound questions about the ways in which banks and businesses contribute to society. For both to play their full part, they must restore trust and become…
HSBC chief executive officer Irene Dorner testifies before the US Senate about allegations of money laundering within HSBC. HSBC chief executive officer Irene Dorner testifies before the US Senate about allegations of money laundering within HSBC. AAP

HSBC’s money laundering scandal is more than just risky business practice

Recent news that HSBC executives admitted to allowing Iran, terrorists and drug dealers to launder nearly USD$16 billion over a six-year period would make earth underneath you shake. How is that the bank’s…