Coalition, an analytics provider for the financial services industry, recently published its Coalition Index for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, which reports on a variety of conditions in the global investment banking market. The analytics firm reported rising revenues for investment banking, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and equity capital markets.  Conversely, Coalition cited declining revenues in fixed income, currencies and commodities by nearly 10 percent.

Interestingly, Coalition also found that the headcount among global investment banks declined for the forth year in a row in 2014.  From 2013 to 2014, investment banking staff among the largest investment banks fell by four percent.  As global banks encounter record high legal and compliance costs, coupled with strained revenues, staff reduction is becoming increasingly more common.

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