By Jamie McGeever
LONDON (Reuters) - Lloyds Banking Group
The suspension of Martin Chantree marks the first time the partly state-owned British bank has been linked with alleged currency manipulation, although the source said he had not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Allegations of manipulation in forex rates are the subject of investigations by authorities around the world, dragging in many of the world's biggest banks and currency market participants, including UBS
Lloyds declined to comment and Chantree couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
Last year, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority began a formal investigation into possible manipulation in the $5.3 trillion (3.25 trillion pounds)-a-day global FX market. The U.S. Justice Department is also engaged in an investigation of possible manipulation of the market, the world's largest.
Benchmark foreign exchange rates, often referred to as fixes, are a cornerstone of global financial markets, used to price trillions of dollars worth of investments and deals and relied upon by companies, investors and central banks.
Earlier on Tuesday, FCA chief executive Martin Wheatley said its investigations were unlikely to yield any results this year.
(Editing by Mike Dolan and David Holmes)