Bank stocks slid on Monday after a report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists detailed more than $2 trillion in flows marked as possible money laundering or criminal transactions.Firms identified in the report dragged on major indexes. JPMorgan sank as much as 3.9%. Deutsche Bank and HSBC fell 8.5% and 5.9%.Government authorities have ordered banks to better combat suspicious flows, but various fines and threats of criminal charges haven’t worked, the ICIJ said.The ICIJ said it obtained documents covering less than 0.02% of the more than 12 million suspicious-activity reports filed with the Treasury Department from 2011 to 2017.Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories.
Shares of major banks sank on Monday after a report detailed more than $2 trillion in flows marked as possible money laundering or criminal transactions.
An investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and BuzzFeed News published Sunday alleged that firms including JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, and HSBC “kept profiting from powerful and dangerous players” after US authorities fined them for failing to combat dirty transactions. More than 2,100 suspicious-activity reports the outlets obtained detailed the transactions, including $514 billion flowing through JPMorgan and $1.3 trillion through Deutsche Bank.
JPMorgan fell as much as 3.9% on the news and contributed to major indexes’ Monday losses. Deutsche Bank and HSBC tumbled 8.5% and 5.9%.
Government authorities have ordered major banks to improve their processes to catch such flows, but various fines and threats of criminal charges haven’t worked, the ICIJ said. Transactions in the documents showed banks moving cash through accounts for people they couldn’t identify and failing to report possible money-laundering transactions “until years after the fact,” the report said.
The obtained documents — which cover flows from 1999 to 2017 — scratch the surface of what could be a much larger pattern of wrongdoing. The files cover less than 0.02% of the more than 12 million suspicious-activity reports filed with the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network from 2011 to 2017, the ICIJ said.
Banks named in the report highlighted their work to clamp down on such activity. HSBC told the consortium in a statement that it “embarked on a multi-year journey” to update projections against financial crime after admitting to laundering at least $881 million in 2012.
JPMorgan told the reporters it had taken a “leadership role” in investigating criminal activity and developing “innovative techniques to help combat financial crime.”
In an online statement responding to the ICIJ’s report, Deutsche Bank said it had “devoted significant resources to strengthening our controls” and meeting obligations. The “historic issues” raised in the report “have already been investigated and led to regulatory resolutions in which the bank’s cooperation and remediation was publicly recognized,” the bank added.
Now read more markets coverage from Markets Insider and Business Insider:
Morgan Stanley wealth management’s head of market research told us a risk to longer-term assets that investors are most overlooking as the economy recovers — and recommends 3 portfolio shifts for sustained gains
Read the original article on Business Insider
To discover more visit: feedproxy.google.com