UK banks ramp up market risk

Market risk rose across UK banks in the first quarter, while operational, credit and counterparty risk declined, figures from the Bank of England (BoE) show. 

Market risk-weighted assets (RWAs) grew by £23 billion, or 6.2%, year-on-year, to £397 billion, with the increase over the last quarter alone amounting to £18 billion, or 4.9%. 

In contrast, credit and counterparty RWAs were 3.9% lower at £2.08 trillion, down from £2.2 trillion a year ago. Operational RWAs were also lower year-on-year,

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