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Barclays, RBS, HSBC,and Credit Suisse fined for taking part in forex trading cartel
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Barclays, RBS, HSBC, Credit Suisse and UBS fined for taking part in forex trading cartel

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The European Commission has fined five banks for participating in an illegal foreign exchange trading cartel.

UBS, Barclays, RBS, HSBC and Credit Suisse were fined a combined total of 344 million euros ($390 million), the commission said in a statement Thursday.

The investigation, focused on the trading of G-10 currencies, revealed that foreign exchange traders in these five banks discussed sensitive information and trading plans. They occasionally coordinated their trading plans via a professional online chatroom called Sterling Lads, the commission said.

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