banking en U.S., Swiss Strike Deal On American Tax Evaders The U.S. government and Switzerland have reached an agreement that could expose Americans who have used Swiss banks to avoid paying taxes.<p>The agreement will allow Swiss banks to settle any potential U.S. charges if they disclose extensive information about their American clients, the value of their accounts and any help they received from tax professionals.<p>Those settlements would include penalties for Swiss banks that helped their U.S. customers avoid taxes, according to a senior Justice Department official.<p>The total penalties could top $1 billion, the official said. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:39:53 +0000 JEREMY HOBSON 42960 at Documents Lift Veil On Bank-Rate-Rigging Scandal As the financial crisis began to unfold in 2007, the New York Federal Reserve learned that some banks might have intentionally underestimated the rates they expected to pay for loans from other banks.<p><a href="">Documents</a> the New York Fed released Friday, in response to a request from Congress, show that the banking regulator began to be concerned about the accuracy of LIBOR — or the London Interbank Offered Rate — late in 2007.<p>That's when the New York Fed began to hear anecdotal reports that some banks m Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:52:00 +0000 John Ydstie 15725 at