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By Jamie McGeever. LONDON Reuters - Big banks are considering banning traders from some online chat rooms in response to investigations into alleged collusion between dealers over key financial market benchmark rates, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.
VX and Citigroup Inc C. Namong others, are reviewing chat room use over concerns that some of those forums are seen by regulators as potential venues for collusion and market manipulation. The banks are targeting so-called multilateral chat rooms, in which many dealers participate at the same time.
Bilateral communications between individual traders and their counterparts at other banks, and between traders and their clients, are not under review, the sources said. Regulators and investors are concerned about the integrity of financial benchmarks after investigations into the rigging of a key interest rate known as the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, which has already cost banks billions of dollars in settlements.
Chat communications featured prominently in a five-year probe into Libor. The probe into alleged FX rigging only surfaced in June but has snowballed in recent weeks, with regulators from the United States, Switzerland and Britain confirming they are investigating.
He said removing access to chat rooms, where traders from a of banks communicate with each other online via third- party services including Bloomberg LP and Thomson Reuters TRI. TOhas been under consideration for months, pre-dating the currency allegations which center on the so-called London fixings and which first surfaced in June but snowballed in October. Thomson Reuters is the parent company of Reuters News, which is not involved in the fixing process.
It is the nearest thing to a closing price in a hour, self-regulated market. L and Thomson Reuters all declined to comment.
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