UK leverage ratios stray from EU measures

UK and European Union measures of bank leverage diverged further over the six months to end-June, signalling that UK banks are stashing more cash with the Bank of England (BoE).

The average UK leverage ratio across Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered was 5.56% at end-June, whereas the average EU Capital Requirements Regulation leverage ratio across the same banks was 5%. The gap between the two measures widened by four basis points over the first half of the year. 


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