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The presidential race is likely to overshadow most political events in 2016 as the first primary states begin voting in February. Accordingly, many of the people on this list are candidates who could win the presidency in November, or at least have the chance to shape the outcome. But there are also some guaranteed players already in place whose actions will help shape banking policy in the year to come. Here are the top 10 to watch.
The president almost doesn't make the list this year because his status as a lame duck in a second term undercuts the idea that he will push for any significant reforms of the banking sector. Yet he remains a key figure that could decide to cut a deal on banking reforms as his term winds to an end. While he's unlikely to do anything that will undercut his legacy items, including the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he could be willing to give ground in other areas, such as the level at which banks face enhanced capital and liquidity requirements.