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      Markets: American bulls in charge

      When the US led the world into a catastrophic financial crisis six years ago, few expected the country to be the first to...

    2. November 21, 2014

      Fed signals curbs on banks’ commodities trading business

      The Federal Reserve plans to move forward with a rule that could limit banks’ ability to handle physical commodities such as...

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    1. November 21, 2014

      US banks: risk commodities

      Mining coal in Colombia, selling fuel to airlines or operating oil pipelines. No – not the likes of Rio Tinto or Chevron....

    2. November 20, 2014

      Banks hit back over commodities risks

      Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan emphasised the sale or wind down of their physical commodity businesses as they...

    3. November 20, 2014

      Goldman fires staff for alleged NY Fed breach

      Goldman Sachs has fired an investment banker who allegedly accessed confidential information from the Federal Reserve Bank...

    4. November 19, 2014

      Commodities catastrophes could cost banks up to $15bn

      Nuclear fuel belonging to Goldman Sachs goes missing, a Morgan Stanley oil tanker ruptures and pollutes a reservoir, a...

    5. November 19, 2014

      Report blasts US banks’ physical commodities operations

      Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley exposed themselves to catastrophic financial risks, environmental disasters and...

    6. November 17, 2014

      Smoke and errors – Fed transparency and bank supervision

      The Federal Reserve used to set monetary policy in rooms clouded by the smoke from Paul Volcker’s cigars. Over decades the...

    7. November 17, 2014

      MPs call for pay penalties to apply to more bankers

      Regulators should subject more bankers to a tougher pay regime, including bonus clawbacks, say MPs. In a report published on...

    8. November 13, 2014

      Regulation: Banks count the risks and rewards

      Every week, roughly $1bn is sent out of the US by people helping to support their families in other countries – mostly in...

    9. November 13, 2014

      Penalise the banks but use the money well

      This week some British charities have an unexpected reason to smile. On Wednesday, European and American regulators imposed...

    10. November 13, 2014

      Lazard’s Antonio Weiss set to join US Treasury

      Antonio Weiss, a senior Lazard banker, has been nominated undersecretary for domestic finance to the US Treasury by...

    11. November 5, 2014

      Bank regulation: no presents yet

      Santa hasn’t yet arrived on Wall Street. The big banks do have plenty of Republican friends – two-thirds of political...

    12. November 3, 2014

      Banks’ liquidity lifeline stirs debate

      The failure of 11 large banks to pass the US living will process is raising fears that some regulators are trying to cut the...

    13. October 30, 2014

      Citigroup takes $600m hit on legal charge

      Citigroup’s third-quarter net income was hit by a $600m legal charge, related to impending settlements over allegations that...

    14. October 30, 2014

      StanChart faces US sanctions probe

      US authorities have reopened an investigation into Standard Chartered to determine whether the UK bank hid transactions that...

    15. October 30, 2014

      The blight at the core of banking goes beyond a few bad apples

      When it comes to raising standards of culture and behaviour, the financial services industry is “not close to where it needs...

    16. October 29, 2014

      US banks/QE: out of a comfort zone

      Half a decade is a long time to spend in a comfort zone. Quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve has helped the US...

    17. October 24, 2014

      Reasons to be bearish on US banks

      At the end of September, US financial funds had their largest inflows in six months as markets discounted rate hikes,...

    18. October 23, 2014

      Thirty-one banks prepare for Fed tests

      Global banks will have to show how they can withstand a spike in oil prices, a rise in the US unemployment rate and an...

    19. October 23, 2014

      Lazard profits soar on merger activity

      Lazard, the independent investment bank, beat earnings estimates after profits soared 44 per cent on the back of rising...

    20. October 21, 2014

      Regulators’ mortgage risk-retention rule given US approval

      A new rule requiring banks to retain some credit risk when they sell mortgages and other loans has been approved by US...

    21. October 21, 2014

      Brussels fines global banks €94m for their part in two cartels

      The European Commission has fined several global banks a combined €94m for participating in two distinct cartels involving...

    22. October 19, 2014

      US banks: regulation did not kill the stars

      The boy who cried wolf got his comeuppance when everybody stopped believing his false alarms. America’s banks appear not to...

    23. October 17, 2014

      Morgan Stanley caps bank earnings season on a high note

      Against a dramatic backdrop of roiling markets, the five big Wall Street banks have reported generally positive earnings...

    24. October 16, 2014

      Volumes soar at Goldman’s trading desks

      Several of Goldman Sachs’ trading desks saw record volumes this week, according to a person familiar with the matter, as...

    25. October 16, 2014

      Banks blame bond volatility on tighter regulation

      Wall Street’s biggest banks have placed much of the blame for violent swings in US government bond prices over the past 24...

    26. October 15, 2014

      Bank investors fear new outlook for rates

      US bank stocks suffered their worst one-day fall in almost two years as market turmoil fuelled fears that the industry would...

    27. October 15, 2014

      Two fraud scandals at Citi proves too much for Manuel Medina-Mora

      Only a month ago, Manuel Medina-Mora, Citigroup’s head of global consumer banking, was beaming as he stood alongside...

    28. October 14, 2014

      EU agrees laws to end banking secrecy

      EU finance ministers took an important step towards ending banking secrecy in Europe by agreeing legislation that would...

    29. October 14, 2014

      Citi’s consumer banking chief Medina-Mora poised to stand down

      Manuel Medina-Mora, Citigroup’s head of global consumer banking and chairman of Banamex, the bank’s embattled Mexican unit,...

    30. October 14, 2014

      JPMorgan sets aside $1bn as penalties loom

      JPMorgan Chase set aside $1bn in legal reserves, depressing third-quarter results on Tuesday, as the largest US bank by...

    31. October 13, 2014

      Bernanke’s failed mortgage application exposes the flaw in banking

      Banks enjoy tremendous support from governments. During the financial crisis, that assistance went well beyond protecting...

    32. October 10, 2014

      US and UK to play financial ‘war game’

      Britain and the US will stage the first transatlantic simulation of a crisis in a large bank on Monday. It is a sign of...

    33. October 6, 2014

      NY bank regulator targets cyber threat

      New York’s top banking regulator will meet the chief executives of several financial institutions to discuss their ability...

    34. October 3, 2014

      Disruptive technology will not kill banks

      When Bill Gates speaks, bankers listen. And when he delivered a keynote speech this week at Sibos, the vast annual banking...

    35. October 2, 2014

      JPMorgan cyber attack hits 76m households

      JPMorgan Chase said the names, addresses, telephone numbers and emails of 76m households – or just under two-thirds of the...

    36. October 1, 2014

      US banks: stress reduction

      Stress tests should be, well, stressful. But recent mid-cycle exams carried out by large US banks suggest otherwise. Under...

    37. September 29, 2014

      Pimco move highlights clout of Bear’s alumni

      The appointment of Daniel Ivascyn as the chief investment officer of Pimco shines a spotlight on the power wielded on Wall...

    38. September 26, 2014

      Wall Street meets its match in people power

      The protesters of Occupy Wall Street didn’t do it. The prosecutors and the regulators who have been poking around in the...

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