Retained earnings power capital growth at top eurozone banks

Large eurozone banks held back earnings to boost capital over the two years to end-2018 more than they issued new capital instruments, Risk Quantum analysis shows. 

Sixteen large eurozone banks had aggregate Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital, prior to regulatory adjustments, amounting to €826.1 billion as of Q4 2018, up 4% on end-2016.

Of the €31.5 billion net increase over this period, €29.7 billion was achieved through a build-up of retained earnings. Net capital instruments, such as

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