Nordic banks shoulder weightiest capital buffers in EU

DNB Bank has 9.10% combined buffer, the largest of stress-tested banks

Nordic banks have the biggest capital add-on requirements of the 48 lenders featured in the European Banking Authority’s (EBA) stress tests.

The five European firms with the largest combined buffers – additional amounts of Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital expressed as a ratio of risk-weighted assets that they must hold above minimum Pillar 1 and 2 requirements – are all Norwegian or Swedish. 

DNB Bank, part of Norway’s largest financial services group, has the largest buffer of the 48

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