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Wealth Briefing: Adair Turner says Libor scandal ‘a huge blow’

The chairman of the UK’s Financial Services Authority yesterday condemned the “huge blow” inflicted on the reputation of the London banking industry by people who have manipulated inter-bank interest rates, in a speech coming shortly after Barclays’ chief executive and chief operating officer quit amid the scandal

The chairman of the UK’s Financial Services Authority yesterday condemned the “huge blow” inflicted on the reputation of the London banking industry by people who have manipulated inter-bank interest rates, in a speech coming shortly after Barclays’ chief executive and chief operating officer quit amid the scandal.

Adair Turner said that the old perception that the FSA was “not an enforcement-led regulator” has changed, and the shift has been clearly demonstrated by the tough action it took against Barclays over LIBOR manipulation. Barclays has incurred penalties from US and UK authorities totalling £290 million (around $455 million) for misconduct relating to the inter-bank interest rate market.

Turner commented on the same day that Bob Diamond resigned as chief executive of Barclays, shortly followed by the resignation of the UK-listed bank’s chief operating officer, Jerry del Missier. Both men resigned with immediate effect. It is understood that the FSA is investigating a number of other financial institutions for allegedly rigging LIBOR rates that are the basis for many financial products used around the world.

Diamond is due to give evidence to the UK’s House of Commons Treasury Select Committee today; media reports have focused on communications that Diamond is said to have had with the Bank of England about the interest rate market.

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