Barclays’ asset sale boosts capital ratio

Barclays’ capital ratio increased to its highest level since 2013, primarily driven by the sale of its African subsidiary.

The UK bank’s annual results reveal its fully loaded common equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio rose to 13.3% at end-2017, up from 12.4% at end-2016. Although capital resources decreased by £3.6 billion ($5 billion) year on year, the reduction was offset by a trimming of the bank’s RWAs of £52.6 billion.

The reduction in RWAs was largely the result of the sell-down of the bank’s

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