US charges three JPMorgan metals traders with market manipulation

Traders charged with ‘massive, multiyear scheme to manipulate the market for precious metals futures contracts and defraud market participants’

Along with HSBC, JPMorgan is one of the banks that dominates global flows of gold and silver trading.

Along with HSBC, JPMorgan is one of the banks that dominates global flows of gold and silver trading.

 

The global head of precious metals trading at JPMorgan, one of the biggest bullion banks, has been charged by US prosecutors with running an eight-year conspiracy to manipulate the global precious metals markets and defraud its customers.

Michael Nowak, 45, a JPMorgan veteran who ran the bank’s global precious metals trading desk, was charged along with two traders of a “massive, multiyear scheme to manipulate the market for precious metals futures contracts and defraud market participants”, assistant attorney-general Brian Benczkowski said.

The indictment alleges the three traders engaged in “widespread spoofing, market manipulation and fraud”, while working at JPMorgan. They placed orders they intended to cancel before execution in an effort to “create liquidity and drive prices toward orders they wanted to execute on the opposite side of the market”, it said.

They placed deceptive orders for gold, silver, platinum and palladium futures contracts on the New York Mercantile Exchange, it alleges.

Along with HSBC, JPMorgan is one of the banks that dominates global flows of gold and silver trading.

JPMorgan declined to comment. – Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2019