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JPMorgan metals traders investigated in Singapore, two depart, sources tell Reuters

Section: Daily Dispatches

By Lawrence Delevingne, Peter Hobson, and Mai Nguyen
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Regulatory scrutiny of precious metals trading at JPMorgan Chase & Co., one of the world's largest gold brokerages, has expanded to Singapore and ensnared two more bank employees, according to people familiar with the situation.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore is looking into the bank's precious metals trading unit, three sources confirmed. A probe in the United States has resulted in criminal charges against six current and former employees of the bank. Regulators in the United Kingdom are also interested in the matter, Reuters has reported.

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JPMorgan's global precious metals trading staff has shrunk to around half a dozen people, industry sources say.

Tonny Ka, the bank's head precious metals trader in Singapore, has been put on leave, two of the people said. The regulatory attention has also forced out Donald Turnbull, who until recently led JPMorgan's global precious metals trading operation out of New York, one person told Reuters. ...

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