Global bank equity levels returned to growth in Q1

Bank equity level increased by $87 billion in the first quarter

The global total of bank equity jumped in the first quarter of the year to $6.1 trillion, 1.5% higher than at the end of 2017.

Consolidated banking statistics compiled by the Bank for International Settlements show that equity, measured as total assets minus liabilities, increased by $87 billion during the period at banks in 15 out of the 21 reporting countries for which data was made available. Canada, Greece, India, Italy and Sweden were the only countries reporting a decrease in bank equity

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