Last week regulators from the US, Britain, and Switzerland announced fines of $4.25 billion against several major financial institutions for conspiring to manipulate the foreign exchange markets. Simultaneous with the settlement announcements, the CFTC published select transcripts detailing chat room evidence of the manipulations. The transcripts are rough reading, especially if you aren’t a text-happy teenager well versed in financial slang and impervious to foul language. But because they afford critical background for our story, we’ve decided to translate a short excerpt from one chat into clearer, safe-for-work English. The excerpt comes from three traders discussing how they could manipulate the 4 pm WM fixing for GBP-USD (often referred to as “cable” by FX traders), selling large amounts just before the fixing to drive the rate down. Trader 1 (70 minutes until fix): it’s early but I am selling cable…

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