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Moscow

Russia's parliament rushes through bank capital bill

19 December 2014

(Reuters) - Russia’s lower house of parliament passed on Friday a draft law that would give the banking sector a capital boost of up to 1 trillion roubles ($16.5 billion).

European Union flags

EC postpones swaps frontloading

19 December 2014

The swaps market received an early Christmas present this week as the European Commission lightened the burden for loading existing derivatives trades into central clearing by postponing the start-date for the controversial frontloading requirement.

A bond trading room

Bankers bullish on US high-grade in 2015

19 December 2014

The US investment-grade bond market looks to be on course for another big year of issuance in 2015, with syndicates expecting something close to this year’s record US$1.1trn primary spree.

An Ally Financial sign is seen on a building in Charlotte, North Carolina

US Treasury exits Ally on US$1.3bn block sale

19 December 2014

Ally Financial chief executive Michael Carpenter’s Christmas came early on Thursday after the US Treasury Department sold its remaining 11.4% stake in the direct banking and auto lending group via a US$1.3bn block trade.

Fees

JP Morgan holds top spot but rivals gain ground in 2014

19 December 2014 By

JP Morgan notched up yet another year atop the Thomson Reuters global investment banking fee league table in 2014, finishing the year with a solid 7% of the total pot – 80bp more than its nearest rival Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Keith Mullin 475px June 2014

Introducing: the alternative IB Awards

IFR 2064 20 December to 9 January 2015 By

Keith Mullin looks back on some alternative winners and losers of 2014.

IFR

Asia's ghosts are stirring

IFR 2064 20 December to 9 January 2015 By

Slumping currencies in Indonesia and Malaysia are unwelcome reminders.

Peters 475px June 2014

And in with the new

IFR 2064 20 December to 9 January 2015 By

Anthony Peters sees a calamity coming – but just not yet.

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