Eurozone bank capital buffers swell on Covid relief measures

Fourteen top eurozone lenders saw their Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital requirements drop 97 basis points on average in Q1 following the roll-out of emergency Covid-19 relief measures by European Union authorities.

EU supervisors set each bank a maximum distributable amount (MDA) threshold, a ratio of CET1 capital to risk-weighted assets, through an annual supervisory review and evaluation process (SREP). If a firm falls below their MDA threshold, they are restricted in the amount of

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