The financial ecosystem is facing another setback, as the HSBC global head of FX trading has been arrested at JFK airport earlier this week. This arrest came as quite a surprise to a lot of people, albeit Mark Johnson is suspected of currency benchmark rigging. None of these claims have been verified at the time of publication, but law enforcement officials have a case against him by the look of things.
HSBC Official Is In Hot Water
While it is not uncommon for higher-ups in the financial industry to leave the United States, things only look more worrisome for Mark Johnson. Sources claim the HSBC senior official is involved in currency benchmark rigging. That would be a very grave allegation, considering how Johnson is the HSBC global head of foreign exchange trading.
Apparently, there is a three-year investigation into this matter which leads to the arrest on Tuesday, July 19. Several questions have been raised regarding his foreign exchange currency trading practices over the past few years. Not only HSBC would be affected by this alleged misconduct, as other global banks were involved in the trading processes as well.