Germany’s Deutsche Bank says it has agreed a $7.2bn (£5.9bn) payment to US authorities over an investigation into mortgage-backed securities.
The sum, which needs final approval, is far lower than the $14bn the US had asked the bank to pay in September.
That looming fine had caused concerns that a failure of the bank could pose a risk to the global financial system.
Credit Suisse also announced a similar deal, while Barclays is now under investigation too.
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