Though Covid crisis rages, US banks’ op RWAs fall

In the first quarter, US banks saw their credit and market risk-weighted assets (RWAs) surge as the coronavirus crisis plunged the financial system into chaos. But RWAs used to capitalise operational risks either stayed flat or shrunk at these top dealers.

Aggregate op RWAs at the eight US global systemically important banks (G-Sibs) fell by $5.7 billion over the first three months of 2020 to $1.86 trillion.

San Francisco-based lender Wells Fargo saw its op RWAs fall the most, by $2.9 billion

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