LONDON -- Despite the LIBOR rate-fixing scandal, ex-Barclays
But he will forgo bonuses that could have been worth up to 20 million pounds, we were told this morning. Questioned by a committee of MPs investigating the case that saw bank derivatives traders conspiring to manipulate the crucial short-term interbank lending rate, Barclays Chairman Marcus Agius said Diamond had voluntarily declined to take his bonus. Any other action would, surely, have resulted in outrage.
Barclays is the first of the FTSE 100
The affair has been rumbling on for some time, with Royal Bank of Scotland
Even without the LIBOR rate scandal, and had Barclays been performing brilliantly, there are many who would still consider a bonus package worth a potential 20 million pounds to be outrageous. But thankfully, after many fat cat pay revolts, shareholders are finally set to get a binding say on how much their executives are to be paid, thanks to recently announced legislation.
But they'll be worth buying one day, won't they?
But what about Barclays shares? Share prices tend to be at their lowest when the news is bad, and currently things seem about as bad as one can imagine for Barclays (though banks do have a habit of surprising even the most hardened pessimist). Are we in a time of maximum pessimism and should we be buying the shares now? My fellow Fool writer Prabhat Sakya seems to think so, having just bought some.
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