UK bank LCRs drifted lower in Q2

HSBC saw group-level LCR decline as it reorganised its capital stack

The ratio of liquid assets to cash outflows at UK banks dropped for the second consecutive quarter in Q2, to its lowest point since Q1 2018.

The average liquidity coverage ratio across Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered was 146.3% at end-June, down from 149.2% the quarter prior and 152.8% at the end of last year. 

An increase in projected net cash outflows – the LCR’s denominator – was the primary driver. In aggregate, these increased £43.6 billion (6.4%) in the first half of

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