U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission today issued an order filing and settling charges against Tower Research Capital LLC, a proprietary trading firm, arising from a manipulative and deceptive scheme, spanning nearly two years and involving thousands of occasions of spoofing in equity index futures.
China said on Friday it had no intention of using currency devaluation to its advantage in trade, responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's description of the Asian giant as the "grand champions" of currency manipulation.
Russia's central bank alleged that a banker at Deutsche Bank's Russian branch had manipulated markets by conducting 300 billion rubles ($4.87 billion) of trades with relatives over two and a half years.
The belief in manipulation in the gold market is associated with the notion of discrepancies between the paper and physical price of gold.
It was the first time in decades that the parent or main banking unit of a major American financial institution pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

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Chicago Mercantile Exchange defended its efforts at pursuing market manipulation, with its spokeswoman Laurie Bischel stating that it “has a clear record of prosecuting spoofing as well as disruptive trading activity.”
Even if there is manipulation in the gold and silver markets, market forces will ultimately assert themselves.
The underlying forces moving the precious metals markets remain hidden from popular view.
The price fluctuations for gold when five banks meet daily to determine the so-called fixing in London are a consequence of supply and demand, not a sign of manipulation, said Ross Norman