Higher retained earnings boost Barclays, Lloyds and RBS capital

Top UK banks increased their Common Equity Tier 1 capital by more than £14 billion ($17.4 billion) over the past four years. Barclays, Lloyds and RBS added CET1 largely by holding back more profits; HSBC and Standard Chartered through the issue of capital instruments and build-up of share premium accounts.

Risk Quantum analysis shows the aggregate amount of retained earnings across the five banks stood at £151 billion in Q4 2015, making up 53% of the banks’ CET1 capital before regulatory

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