Shareholder giveaways deplete US G-Sib capital

Aggregate CET1 ratio robust at 12.1%

Capital levels across the eight US global systemically important banks (G-Sibs) fell $5.3 billion in 2018, following a frenzy of stock buybacks and surge in dividends.

Wells Fargo saw the largest net decrease in Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital over the year, of $8 billion (5%) to $146.4 billion from $154 billion. The San Francisco-based lender returned $25.8 billion to shareholders in 2018. 

Citigroup’s capital fell the second most, by $3.4 billion (2.4%) to $139.5 billion. It returned $18

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