Capital build at European banks at odds with profitability

European banks have outstripped their global peers in raising regulatory capital since 2011, but have fallen behind on profitability, data from the Basel Committee shows.

Total capital raised by 89 Group 1 banks – internationally active lenders with Tier 1 capital in excess of €3 billion ($3.4 billion) – from June 2011 to June 2018 topped €1.12 trillion. The 32 European banks in the sample accounted for 47% of this amount; 19 Americas banks 25%; and 38 banks from the rest of the world, 29%. 

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