EU banks’ liquidity buffers weathered Covid turmoil

Central bank cash reserves edge up across EU lenders

Regulatory gauges of liquidity risk at top eurozone banks barely budged last quarter, with some firms increasing the amount of ready cash they had to meet short-term outflows.

The average ratio of projected cash outflows to high-quality liquid assets (HQLA) at the eight eurozone global systemically important banks (G-Sibs) moved just a single percentage point between end-2019 and end-March, from 136% to 137%.

Crédit Agricole Group saw its ratio increase the most quarter-on-quarter, to 142%

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