Low risk assets pile up at systemic US banks

Sub-100% risk-weighted assets increased by $157.9 billion

US global systemically important banks (G-Sibs) gathered assets with low risk-weights at twice the rate of those with high risk-weights, Risk Quantum analysis shows.

The eight systemic banks disclosed $157.9 billion of additional assets with risk-weights of less than 100% in 2019, up +3% on 2018, to $5.6 trillion total.

Assets with a 100% risk-weight grew $89.4 billion (+2%) while those carrying a risk-weight greater than this shrunk $6.7 billion (-5%) to $4.8 trillion and $128.7 billion

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