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Goldman Sachs Gets Lousy £25,000 Fine For Manipulating Oil Prices

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In another example of the two tiered justice system for the globe’s financial elite, Goldman gets a measly £25,000 fine after getting caught manipulating oil prices.

If a Muslim were caught doing this it would be condemned as an act of Financial Terrorism and be responded to with the swift deployment of predator drones and intercontinental  ballistic missiles.

But when the people in the good old boys network get caught they get a fine that was most likely much less than they made off the illegal trades.

But don’t you dare pick up a protest sign and demand accountability for these kind of acts or you just may find yourself beaten and arrested.

You, me and everyone else pay for this kind of crap directly at the gas pump.

Via The ICE Futures  Investment Exchange, here is the full text of the sanctions letter.

Disciplinary Notice:

Summary disciplinary proceedings against Goldman Sachs International

The Exchange has proceeded with summary disciplinary proceedings against Goldman Sachs International (“GSF”) in relation to a breach of the Exchange Regulations concerning disorderly trading.


On 28 January 2011 the Exchange’s monitoring detected six notable “price spikes” in the April11 Brent/WTI spread, between 14:26 hours and 14:31 hours UK time. These were investigated and found to be the result of a limit order and several large market orders placed in quick succession by a GSF trader.

The Exchange issued a Routine Inquiry letter asking for a full explanation for the trading behavior.

On 14 February 2011, GSF responded to the Routine Inquiry letter. On 22 February 2011, the Exchange wrote to GSF to inform them that the matter would be referred to its Authorization, Rules and Conduct Committee (“the Committee”).

At the Committee meeting held on 10 March 2011, the Committee requested that the Exchange obtain further information on the placement of the orders concerned from GSF, in the form of any telephone/IM conversations and trade confirmations.

The Exchange requested and obtained the relevant material from GSF which was presented to the Committee meeting on 2 June 2011.


In relation to the events described above, the Exchange alleged that GSF had breached the following Rule:

G.20 It shall be an offence for a trader or Member to engage in disorderly trading whether by high or low ticking, aggressive bidding or offering, or otherwise.

The Exchange recommended to the Committee that summary disciplinary proceedings be commenced in regard to the above mentioned allegations. The Committee subsequently considered the matter in accordance with Summary Enforcement Rule E.7.

Details of Sanctions

The orderliness of the market is dependent on responsible and informed trading behavior by Members and their clients. The Committee considered the behavior of GSF and its client to be a clear case of disorderly trading, in that the distorting price impact of the placement of such large orders in close proximity was not considered.

Having examined the instant messenger logs of the communication between the GSF trader and their client, the Committee found no evidence of intentional manipulation of the market; nevertheless it considered the breach to be of a serious nature. It considered both GSF and its client to be at fault in the matter, and reminded GSF of its responsibility for the behavior of its clients as a Member of the Exchange.

The Committee concluded that a financial penalty of £25,000 be imposed on GSF, and emphasized that all Members have a responsibility to trade in an orderly fashion at all times, whether on their own behalf or on behalf of a client. GSF has provided the Exchange with full cooperation throughout its inquiries.


Patrick Davis Company Secretary

ICE Futures Europe, a Recognized Investment Exchange under the Financial Services & Markets Act 2000

Registered in England & Wales with Registered Office at Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SA
Company Registration No. 1528617

For more information please contact:

Simon Martin
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 7065 7777

Phil Redman
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 7065 7703

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