It appears that with the regulators either asleep or blithely ignoring blatant price manipulation in the precious metals, it remains for private parties to bring suit for the damages by these banksters in the 'free markets.'
As I recall, the CFTC conducted a three year study of the silver market, and finally came out with a simple comment that 'there is no evidence of manipulation.'
The Banks named in this private lawsuit in US Federal Court were Deutsche Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, HSBC, and UBS AG.
Postscript: Apparently Deutsche Bank is also admitting to gold price manipulation, and is willing to name names of accomplices as noted here.
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:09pm EDT
Deutsche Bank to settle U.S. silver price-fixing litigation
Deutsche Bank AG has agreed to settle U.S. litigation over allegations it illegally conspired with Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC Holdings Plc to fix silver prices at the expense of investors, a court filing on Wednesday showed.
Terms were not disclosed, but the accord will include a monetary payment by the German bank, a letter filed in Manhattan federal court by lawyers for the investors said.
Deutsche Bank has signed a binding settlement term sheet, and is negotiating a formal settlement agreement to be submitted for approval by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni, who oversees the litigation.
A Deutsche Bank spokeswoman declined to comment. Lawyers for the investors did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Investors accused Deutsche Bank, HSBC and ScotiaBank of abusing their power as three of the world's largest silver bullion banks to dictate the price of silver through a secret, once-a-day meeting known as the Silver Fix.
According to the lawsuit, the defendants distorted prices on the roughly $30 billion of silver and silver financial instruments traded annually, violating U.S. antitrust law.
UBS AG was also named as a defendant. Investors accused the Swiss bank of conspiring to exploit the Silver Fix, though it did not help set the benchmark....
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