At HSBC, LCR deteriorates as HQLA drops $32bn

A prominent indicator of HSBC's liquidity risk worsened over the first quarter, as the UK bank posted a fall in high-quality liquid assets while projecting a higher level of cash outflows.

The lender's liquidity coverage ratio – calculated by dividing its stock of HQLA by estimated net cash outflows in a period of stress – dropped to 143% at end-March, down from 154% at end-December. The ratio is now at its lowest point since end-2017.

Total HQLA stood at $535.4 billion, a 6% reduction

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