Derivatives expand share of EU bank assets in Q3

Valuation effects likely behind consecutive quarter increases in these instruments’ portfolio share

More than 9% of European Union bank assets were derivatives in Q3 2019, their highest share of the total since Q1 2017, data from the European Banking Authority shows.

Derivatives had been making up an ever-thinner slice of bank portfolios since Q3 2016, when they accounted for 12% of total assets, but they steadily increased their share between March and September last year.

German banks had the largest amount of derivatives as a share of their total assets in Q3, at 16%, followed by UK banks

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