Dominic is a London-based columnist covering investment banking. Prior to Breakingviews, he spent two years at moneydealer ICAP, where he brokered equity derivatives trades between investment banks, high-frequency trading firms and hedge funds. He has more than five years of financial journalism experience, including stints as news editor and investment banking editor at Financial News. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal Europe. Dominic holds an MA in Classics from Oxford University and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Follow Dominic on Twitter @DominicElliott
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The two banks and Credit Suisse outperformed Wall Street in second-quarter debt trading. That bucks a trend that has seen U.S. rivals take market share. Of the two, Deutsche Bank looks better placed to gain from any sustained bounce back in fixed income.
Lloyds was kept afloat by billions of pounds of emergency liquidity from the Bank of England. It has now emerged the UK bank was fiddling repo rates to lower the fees on that lifeline. Every revelation like this sets back the sector’s bid to regain public and political trust.
Investors welcomed the UK bank’s lower bad debts, plus asset sales coming faster than expected and at higher prices. The progress brings capital targets closer, lessens pressure on RBS to get a high price for its U.S. arm, and makes forthcoming litigation costs more bearable.
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