Regulatory changes swell RWAs at BBVA

Spanish lender BBVA’s risk-weighted assets (RWAs) increased €11.8 billion ($13.1 billion) in the first half of the year, partly reversing two years’ worth of declines.

The lion’s share of the increase – €7.3 billion – was due to add-ons imposed by the European Central Bank’s targeted review of internal models (Trim) and the transition to new accounting standard IFRS 16 for leases.

Trim deducted 13 basis points from the bank’s Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio and 11bp from IFRS 16

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