Australia & New Zealand Banking Group, which in 2015 posted its slowest profit growth in seven years, plans to cut 12 jobs in its markets division to reduce costs.
ANZ’s global markets unit, which includes foreign-exchange, syndicated loans, fixed-income and commodities trading, has 1,400 staff in cities from New York to Tokyo, according to the bank’s website.
ANZ’s move is the latest in a series of payroll cuts by Australian lenders as they focus on reducing costs amid increasing regulation, capital requirement and widening funding spreads. ANZ said March 11 it was eliminating 100 jobs as it exited small business lending in parts of Asia while larger competitor Commonwealth Bank of Australia late last year shut its institutional equities team and axed 20 positions in its global markets team.
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