Japanese banks load up on HQLA

Aggregate liquid assets increase ¥22.3 trillion year-on-year

Japanese banks gobbled up liquid assets in the year to March 31, though two dealers – Nomura and Mizuho – saw their liquidity coverage ratios (LCRs) decline.

Aggregate high-quality liquid assets (HQLA) held by six of the largest Japanese dealers increased by ¥22.3 trillion ($203.6 billion) or 8%, year-on-year, with the median bank bulking up by ¥4 trillion.

Of the six, only Nomura cut down on HQLA, shedding over ¥500 billion, or 11% of its total, year-on-year. Sumitomo Mitsui FG boosted

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