The U.S. Justice Department is looking into the UBS V10 Enhanced FX Carry Strategy, a product sold to investors such as hedge funds and pension funds. Focusing on whether banks misrepresented how currency transactions were priced, authorities’ broaden their examination into manipulation in the foreign-exchange market.
The V10 product “allows an investor to potentially profit in moves in 10 of the most liquid major currencies by taking advantage of opportunities based on interest rate differentials,” according to a 2009 UBS publication.
Through interviews with UBS employees in 2013, the V10 product first arose in the Justice Department with investigators probing commissions on the product and whether the bank respected its fiduciary duties to clients. In recent weeks, the questions were raised once again as the agency pursued to secure proffer agreements.
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