``A British financial regulator has fined Barclays $43.9 million after accusing a former trader at the bank of improperly influencing gold prices at the expense of a customer... The authority has been examining whether the way gold prices are set complies with new international standards put in place for benchmarks in light of the Libor scandal. The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority of Germany, or BaFin, has also acknowledged that it is looking at the trading of precious metals as part of its broader inquiry into potential manipulation of the currency markets.''

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