Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

PA/PA Wire
Banking

Sign on you crazy Diamond: Barclays chief resigns

Under pressure Bob Diamond has stepped down as the bank’s chief executive after controversy over the bank’s manipulation of key interest rates.

BARCLAYS CHIEF EXECUTIVE Bob Diamond has resigned with immediate effect over a rate rigging scandal at the British banking giant, the company said this morning.

“Barclays today announces the resignation of Bob Diamond as chief executive and a director of Barclays with immediate effect,” the bank said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange.

US national Diamond added in the statement: “The external pressure placed on Barclays has reached a level that risks damaging the franchise — I cannot let that happen.”

Diamond’s resignation follows that of the bank’s chairman Marcus Agius on Monday and as the bank faced possible criminal prosecution in a scandal that has sullied London’s image as a financial centre.

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office on Monday announced that it was considering whether it was “appropriate and possible to bring criminal prosecutions” over the issue, adding that it hoped to reach a conclusion within a month.

British Prime Minister David Cameron also announced a parliamentary inquiry into the revelations that Barclays traders had lied about the interest rates other banks were charging it for loans.

The scandal, which might implicate other international banks, concerns manipulation of the Libor and Euribor rates which play a key role in global markets, affecting what banks, businesses and individuals pay to borrow money.

- © AFP, 2012

Yesterday: Chairman of Barclays bank resigns after rate-fixing scandal

Yesterday: UK to hold banking inquiry over lending rates scandal

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
12
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.