Bloomberg View: Something's Rotten in Banking, and It's Not Just Barclays

Heads Should Roll
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You might have missed the latest bank scandal, the one involving Barclays, in the hubbub of the U.S. health-care ruling and the euro salvage plan. If so, here’s what you need to know: On June 27, Barclays, the U.K.’s second-largest bank by assets, admitted that it deliberately reported artificial borrowing costs from 2005 to 2009. The false reports were used to set a benchmark rate, the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, which affects the value of trillions of dollars of derivatives contracts, mortgages, and consumer loans. The bank agreed to pay a hefty $455 million to settle charges with U.S. and U.K. regulators, and on July 2, Chairman Marcus Agius resigned.

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