Lloyds Banking Group to pay out £218m over Libor

Lloyds Banking Group is to pay fines totalling £218 million to UK and US authorities after it became the latest lender to be punished over the rigging of interest rate benchmarks.

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Lloyds chairman: Conduct was 'truly shocking'

The chairman of Lloyds Banking Group has admitted the company's manipulation of key interest rates was "truly shocking".

The company has been slapped with a £218m fine from US and UK regulators for manipulating the LIBOR inter-bank rate and the Repo Rate.

The Repo Rate was the benchmark used by the Bank of England to calculate how much banks paid to take part in the Government's Special Liquidity Scheme (SLS) to support banks during the financial crisis.

Lloyds Banking Group's chairman admitted it had been guilty of 'shocking conduct'. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lloyds chairman Lord Blackwell has replied to a highly critical letterwritten to him by the Bank of England's governor, Mark Carney.

"I absolutely share your concern about the nature of the SLS conduct, and in particular its implication for reducing fees," Lord Blackwell wrote.

"This was truly shocking conduct, undertaken when the Bank was on a lifeline of public support."

He also agreed that Lloyds would pay nearly £8m back to the Bank of England for fees it should have paid for the SLS.

Mark Carney warns of 'further action' against Lloyds

The governor of the Bank of England has warned that Lloyds and its subsidiary Bank of Scotland could face "further action" over the manipulation of benchmark interest rates.

In a letter to Lloyds chairman Lord Blackwell, Mark Carney said the BoE's Prudential Regulatory Authority would now consider whether to take further steps.

"In view of the seriousness of this matter, the PRA will consider whether further action should be taken in relation to the Firms or individuals at the Firms."

The banks have been fined for manipulation of the LIBOR rate and Repo Rate.

Bank of Scotland was formerly part of HBOS, which was taken over by Lloyds in 2009.

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Mark Carney: Lloyds actions 'clearly unlawful'

The governor of the Bank of England has strongly condemned Lloyds Banking Group for its attempts to manipulate two key interest rates.

Part of Lloyds' £218m fine from US and UK regulators relates to its attempts to reduce the fees it paid to the Bank of England for the Special Liquidity Scheme - a government programme to help struggling banks during the financial crisis.

Mark Carney was highly critical of Lloyds' conduct. Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Bank of England has now published a letter from governor Mark Carney to the chairman of Lloyds, Lord Blackwell.

"Such manipulation is highly reprehensible, clearly unlawful and may amount to criminal conduct on the part of the individuals involved," Mr Carney wrote.

Lloyds fined for fixing fees for taxpayer help

About £70 million of Lloyds' fine from financial regulators is for trying to manipulate the fees payable to the Bank of England for taking part in a government scheme to support British banks during the financial crisis.

The group is set to pay a total of £218 million to UK and US authorities after it became the latest lender to be punished over the rigging of interest rate benchmarks.

Lloyds has been hit by fines from both US and UK regulators. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lloyds said the manipulation took place between May 2006 and 2009, adding that those involved have either left the company, been suspended or are subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Barclays was the first to settle Libor rate-rigging claims, paying £290 million in penalties to US and UK regulators in June 2012, while state-backed Royal Bank of Scotland was hit with a £391 million settlement.

Lloyds Bank to pay £218m fine for rate manipulation

Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to pay fines worth £218 million to UK and US regulators in relation to the manipulation of Libor.

Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to pay fines worth £218 million. Credit: Press Association

The US authorities have charged the bank with "manipulation, attempted manipulation and false reporting of Libor" between April 2008 and September 2009.

The firms manipulated the benchmark interest rate at which banks lend money to each other in order to reduce the amount it paid in fees to Bank of England.

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