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Big banks penalized for rigging gold price
Major banks have agreed to pay a total of $152 million to settle a class-action settlement that accused them of rigging the price of gold through the daily London gold price fix.

Eighteen lawsuits were consolidated in 2014, and the plaintiffs included Barclays, Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotia Bank), Société Générale, London Gold Market Fixing Limited, Deutsche Bank, UBS and HSBC. (Charges against UBS bank were dismissed in 2016 for a “lack of evidence.”)

All were members of the London Bullion Market Association.

Barclays, Scotia Bank, Société Générale and London Gold Market Fixing Limited were the last to agree to the settlement in mid-November, 2021.

The amount of the settlement pales in comparison to the profits these major banks reaped in futures gold contracts over the ten-year period when they were accused of artificially suppressing gold prices stated Ronan Manly, a precious metals analyst with BullionStar.

These latest settlements are on top of major fines already paid by Scotia Bank ($127 million) and JP Morgan Chase ($920 million).

The best news is that it will be much more difficult for the big banks to conspire to suppress the price of gold in the future because of the risk of a more severe punishment. I would expect to see gold prices increase as a result, which bodes well for all mining companies and individual miners.

Mining royalties excluded from reconciliation bill
A proposal to charge royalties for extraction of gold and other precious metals was removed from the House reconciliation bill referred to as “Build Back Better” by the current administration before it was passed by the House.

Rep. Grivalja (D-New Mexico) had included an 8% royalty on new mines and a 4% royalty on existing mines, and another seven cents “reclamation fee” on every ton of material moved, which included overburden.

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