A recent case of a trader at Barclays manipulating the price of gold through the gold price fix highlights the issues in the gold market. With Barclays being guilty of this, it shows there is a high probability that it isn't the only bank of the four in the gold price fix group that's guilty of this. Let's take a closer look at the evidence and what you can do to buy gold when the banks haven't ma... ››› more
Back at the end of June in 2012, David Plunkett, a trader and director on Barclays' precious metals desk, realised that he was in trouble. The expiry date was coming up for a customer's long trade. And if the gold price closed above a certain level, the bank would have to pay out $3.9 million to the customer. So Plunkett decided to manipulate the price of gold to save the loss. Let's take a closer... ››› more
At the end of May, Barclays received a fine for $43.8 million by a British financial regulator. This was down to its part in a gold price fix incident in 2012. This incident brought to light the issues with the way gold pricing works. Let's take a closer look at what went on and what it means for the gold price…
The way the gold price fix works was itself fixed
The incident at Barclays was d... ››› more
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