Barclays bank was caught manipulating global interest rates, known as Libor, in an act of deception over the bank's financial soundness. Preventing such dishonesty needs more than regulation.
When it comes to Wall Street, many of us suffer outrage fatigue and cynicism that nothing will ever be done to stop these abuses. The question is whether the unfolding Barclays scandal will provide enough energy to finally force a change.
The scandal at Barclays continues to grow as emails dating back to 2005 attest to a pattern of greed and corrupt business practices. What is not well known is what the final cost could be to the world's financial institutions, and these costs could be enormous.
The story of how Barclays tried to rig an interest rate benchmark called LIBOR, which cost CEO Robert Diamond his job today, may seem obscure. But it's the latest evidence of bankers taking every inch regulators leave to them.
Under grimmest scenario, debt-burdened Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Spain can't pay what they owe to Eurozone banks, which then stumble, causing US banks to falter, too. But US banking system is stronger now, and regulators are more vigilant, say optimists.
The market rallied late in the afternoon, with the Dow closing 14 points up