Denmark, Sweden hike countercyclical buffers

Swedish banks now subject to highest add-ons among European Union lenders

Denmark and Sweden increased their countercyclical capital buffers (CCyBs) for domestic banks in September, with Swedish banks now subject to highest add-ons among European Union lenders.

On September 19, Sweden’s financial watchdog, Finansinspektionen, raised the CCyB capital add-on to 2.5% of risk-weighted assets from 2%, citing higher systemic risks due to a combination of low interest rates and low risk premiums. 

Denmark’s regulator, Finanstilsynet, followed suit five days later

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