Two more top firms ban multi-dealer online chat rooms


JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank are banning the use of multi-dealer online chat rooms, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters, as banks crack down on inappropriate communications by staff following a string of scandals.

Reuters reports that chat rooms have been a focus for regulators investigating manipulation of benchmark interest rates and possible rigging in the $5.3tril-a-day foreign exchange market.

Chat communications also featured prominently in a five-year probe 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.

'This has always been about more than FX', a Reuters source said, adding that the casual nature of online chat rooms increased the potential for 'inappropriate' remarks to be made.

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