Barclays’ RWAs shrank on Q3 tailwinds, but loan failures loom

Decline in loan creditworthiness has added £9.8 billion to RWAs year-to-date

Barclays’ risk-weighted assets (RWAs) fell over the third quarter thanks to a series of one-off benefits, but the bank is braced for a resurgence once the full economic impact of the pandemic is realised on balance sheet.

Favourable foreign exchange movements, the relaxation of regulatory capital requirements for small and medium-sized enterprises, and the mass repayment of drawn credit lines by corporate clients all contributed to a 3% quarter-on-quarter drop in RWAs at the UK bank.


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