Federal Reserve bans former Barclays forex trader from banking industry for manipulation

The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced it is permanently prohibiting Jason Katz, a former foreign exchange (FX) trader at Barclays PLC and later at BNP Paribas SA, from participating in the banking industry, because of his actions to manipulate FX prices.

Through the use of electronic chat rooms, Katz coordinated his trading with competitors, engaged competitors to agree on the FX prices quoted to customers, disclosed confidential customer information to traders at other institutions, and engaged in other unsafe or unsound practices. Katz is separately pleading guilty to violating federal antitrust laws.

Katz agreed to enter into a consent order with the Federal Reserve Board barring him from the banking industry and requiring him to cooperate in the Federal Reserve Board’s ongoing investigation. The enforcement action against Katz follows the Board’s May 2015 enforcement action against Barclays for unsafe and unsound practices related to compliance and control failures concerning practices in the FX markets. That action required Barclays to pay $342 million in penalties for control deficiencies related to FX trading.

To view the official release click here.

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