Over two years, UK G-Sibs levered up in contrast to EU peers

UK global systemically important banks (G-Sibs) have become more leveraged over the last two years, while their eurozone counterparts have delevered slightly on average, according to leverage ratio disclosures.

The mean fully phased-in leverage ratio, calculated as Tier 1 capital divided by total leverage exposure, across the three UK G-Sibs – Barclays, HSBC and Standard Chartered – fell to 4.93% in Q2 2019, from 5.29% in Q2 2017.

In contrast, the average leverage ratio of the eight eurozone G

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