– John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own –
By John Kemp
LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – The UK Financial Services Authority (FSA)’s decision to censure two Dresdner Kleinwort traders for trading while in possession of inside information about a forthcoming issue of floating rate notes by Barclays has implications that go far beyond the offence of trading ahead of a formal announcement.
By censuring the traders, the FSA is attempting to establish a precedent about how it will deal with the defence of “accepted market practice” in future, restricting it significantly, in a move that will force a wider re-examination of entrenched practices across the financial markets in London.