UK banks build liquidity buffers ahead of Brexit

Four high street lenders boost HQLA by 11% in 2018

Brexit uncertainties pushed UK banks to stockpile high-quality liquid assets at the end of 2018.

Aggregate liquid assets held by the four UK high street lenders grew £53 billion ($69 billion), or 6%, to £931 billion in the three months to end-December. Over the year, total HQLA holdings increased 11%. 

HSBC plumped its liquidity buffer the most of the group in the last quarter, by 9% to £445 billion. Lloyds boosted its HQLA allocation 5% to £129 billion, Barclays 4% to £219 billion and RBS 2%

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