US G-Sibs build capital even as shareholder windfalls surge

US global systemically important banks (G-Sibs) pumped up their solvency buffers over the first three months of the year, even while returning about $31 billion of capital to shareholders.

The eight big banks had $811.7 billion of Common Equity Tier 1 capital in aggregate at end-March, up 1.4% on the previous three months and up 0.9% on the year-ago quarter. Aggregate capital returns rose 28% year-on-year, but were down 20% from Q4 2018.

JP Morgan led the way in the first quarter, increasing

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