Barclays used securitisations as credit risk shield in 2019

Last year, Barclays securitised a slice of its corporate loan portfolio to lower its credit risk exposure. The manoeuvre caused its risk-weighted assets (RWAs) for securitisations to leap (+44%) to £6.9 billion.

Barclays ended 2019 with £44.2 billion ($57.4 billion) of securitisation exposures in its banking book, up from £35.1 billion in 2018. The increase occurred as the firm originated a synthetic securitisation to cover £11.6 billion of corporate and small and medium-sized entity (SME)

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