EU banks pare own-country sovereign exposures

Banks held €1.76 trillion of domestic government bonds in Q2 2019, down from €1.91 trillion a year ago

Banks in the European Union have reduced holdings of domestic sovereign debt over the past year, data from the European Banking Authority shows.

Lenders included in the EBA report held an aggregate €1.76 trillion ($1.93 trillion) of government debt issued by their home countries as of end-June, or 42.4% of their total sovereign exposures. This is down from €1.91 trillion the year-ago quarter, when the share was 46.3%.

French banks cut exposures to domestic government debt the most in nominal

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