Inside the world of the bankers… This is why we need a full inquiry

The banking industry seems to be saturated with men living bohemian lifestyles, taking outlandish financial risks every day.

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A report in last night’s Standard provides a worrying insight into the behaviour of the City’s richest traders.

City-tradersThe industry, which the ES describes as “a heady cocktail of testosterone and money” seems to be saturated with men living bohemian lifestyles, taking outlandish financial risks every day.

It is also reported that insider trading convictions increase during times of financial hardship.

The Standard’s Simon English reports:

These are guys – they are nearly all men – who are super-bright in one direction only and have an interest in two things: money and bawdy fun. Should they send a topless picture of their new girlfriend to the rest of the desk? Of course they should…

The latest Libor trader scam at Barclays (other banks will be punished later) has again thrown harsh light on a culture impervious to change.

Adding:

So there’s a perpetual conflict between the banks’ desire to look like a solid, cautious organisation that has been around for centuries and the chance to make a buck now and now and now…

For some, literally everything, even the relationship they have with their wife, is a trade. Are you getting a good deal or not? Should you sell up?

An anonymous source told the paper:

“It’s a long, hard, slog to the top of the trading floor and it’s usually predicated on your behaviour on the way up – the strip clubs, the drinking, the schmoozing of other traders and brokers.

“Quite frankly, stock exchanges should be done electronically within pre-set and agreed limits and this dealing-room charade should be consigned to a footnote of history.

“Unfortunately, the bosses tolerate it. Mr Diamond was a product of the bond dealing world and the madness is so top-down and ingrained in the management that they have lost sight of what a bank is really there for.”

Though chief exec of broking house Tullett Prebon, Terry Smith, says blaming the culture is pointless:

“You just need to keep them away from retail banking and the ability to fix or manipulate rates or benchmarks. Blaming traders for being greedy and manipulative in these circumstances, where you put temptation in their way, is like putting a fox in charge of a hen coop and then expressing surprise about the outcome.”

 


See also:

Leslie: ‘Frenzied Osborne throwing around false allegations and demeaning his office’ 4 Jul 2012

Miliband attacks “slow to act, bankrolled by the banks” Cameron at PMQs 4 Jul 2012

Once again, hypocritical, deregulation-loving Osborne attacks Labour over bank regulation 3 Jul 2012

Arrogant Osborne still refusing full banking inquiry – even as Diamond resigns 3 Jul 2012

George “regulation was too burdensome” Osborne attacks Labour for being too lax 28 Jun 2012


 

David remains resistant to a full-scale judge-led banking inquiry due to costs, time scale and past criticisms of the ongoing Leveson Inquiry into press standards, while Ed Miliband continues to push for one.

As Left Foot Forward reported earlier today, the prime minister’s resistance was repeatedly challenged at PMQs:

“The Vickers Commission said this about a very important issue that has come out in the last two weeks, about the way in which high street banks have sold dodgy products to small businesses, they said that should never be allowed to happen again, but after lobbying by the banks, the government rejected this very basic recommendation of Vickers…

“Whenever these scandals happen, he is slow to act and he stands up for the wrong people. The question people are asking is who will act in the national interest rather than the party interest. His is a party bankrolled by the banks. If he fails to order a judge-led inquiry, people will come to one conclusion: he simply can’t act in the national interest.

These revelations by the Evening Standard will surely indicate further the need for Cameron to call for an independent inquiry into possible corruption and misbehaviour in the banking industry.

 


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21 Responses to “Inside the world of the bankers… This is why we need a full inquiry”

  1. NewsatLeft

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  2. Political Planet

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  3. leftlinks

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  4. syrieyes

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  5. Anonymous

    All manipulation is wrong.

    The major fraud at the moment is QE. Printing money to buy your own debt, driving down Gilt yields.

    The big losers are upcoming pensioners. Ripped off for tens of thousands in the process.

    Government has a huge track record of fraud and theft in this area.

  6. KMJ

    RT @leftfootfwd: Inside the world of the bankers… This is why we need a full inquiry, writes @LFFKatie: http://t.co/NoGWussm #Libor

  7. Harry Devonport

    Inside the world of the bankers… This is why we need a full inquiry, writes @LFFKatie: http://t.co/LiIqx01z #Libor

  8. Kevin Richards

    Absolute Bankers, spelt different but sounds the same "Inside the world of the bankers.This is why we need an inquiry http://t.co/RtD2lG5F

  9. Mark Ashberry

    Inside the world of the bankers… This is why we need a full inquiry, writes @LFFKatie: http://t.co/LiIqx01z #Libor

  10. Katie Stanton

    The sordid goings-on inside the banking industry proves why we need a #libor inquiry: http://t.co/9h3npH8i

  11. Anonymous

    Great, then you can stop trying to manipulate and pay up.

  12. Hens4Freedom

    RT @leftfootfwd: Inside the world of the bankers… This is why we need a full inquiry, writes @LFFKatie: http://t.co/LxoZi99u #Libor

  13. Selohesra

    I think even LB might struggle to pay off the crippling debt racked up by Balls/Brown & Co – especicially if you add in the PFI fraud

  14. BevR

    RT @leftfootfwd: Inside the world of the bankers… This is why we need a full inquiry http://t.co/WpQUemJc

  15. Robin Thorpe

    In a new article on their website that well-known radical activist rag Vanity Fair describes the term “financialization” as
    ” two interlocking processes: a disproportionate growth in a country’s deregulated financial sector, relative to the rest of the economy, and the rising importance of financial activities with a focus on financial returns among industrial and other non-financial corporations, often at the expense of real innovation and productivity. ”
    I think this is an apposite description of the British Economy since the various reforms during the 1980s. The article goes onto say –
    “Author of Financialization and the U.S. Economy Özgür Orhangazi summarizes academic literature that sees financialization “as one of the indicators of the decline of the hegemonic power”: imperial Venice, Genoa, Holland, and Britain all saw their power rise on the back of productive industrial capitalism, followed by domination by the financial sector, which eventually began to cannibalize the productive sector in pursuit of financial returns—a process that ended in weakness and collapse.”
    For those of you with an interest in US politics or those with an interest in how the shadow banking ‘industry’ destroys wealth in the host nation the article is definitely worth reading. Thanks to Richard Murphy of the Tax Research blog for drawing it to my attention.
    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/08/investigating-mitt-romney-offshore-accounts
    The lesson from research such as this is surely that the future success of a national economy is predicated on keeping the wealth created by industry within it’s own borders – a lesson George Osborne should have learned before leaving yet another tax loophole in the recent Finance Bill. (http://www.leftfootforward.org/2012/07/george-osborne-tax-loopholes/)

    The Germans are riding high because their politicians support the industries residing within their borders and force foreign investors to agree to support German labour markets.

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  17. Anonymous

    You mean the debt, before the crisis, which was lower than the one the Tories left. Facts, who needs them in your world.

    Moreover, other countries which have buffered against neoliberal economics are doing fine. But no, you can’t accept that.

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  19. Selohesra

    Think you are forgetting the PFI debt – almost the magic money tree but it turns out all the ‘growth’ was really just government spending disguised by an accounting fraud

  20. Anonymous

    That Tory invention? No, I’m not forgetting anything.

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