Liquidity buffers of EU banks hit new highs

European Union banks reported strong liquidity coverage ratios in 2017, with the average measure well in excess of regulatory minimums for every country except Greece.

The average LCR across EU banks was 148.46% at end-2017, up from 141.35% the previous year. The minimum ratio was set at 80% in 2017, rising to 100% this year.

A wide dispersion of ratios was reported across EU countries. Latvian banks boasted the highest average LCR, at 336.94%, and Greek banks the lowest, at 11.07%.


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