All but two of the 11 systemically important European and UK banks improved their leverage ratios in the last quarter of 2018, after loading up on capital and cutting exposures.
The average leverage ratio across the three UK global systemically important banks (G-Sibs) – Barclays, HSBC and Standard Chartered – climbed to 5.2% from 5% in the three months to end-September. The corresponding average across the eight continental European G-Sibs – Banco Santander, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole,
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