Post-Covid crisis, EU banks have thin dollar liquidity buffers

Dollar LCRs declined between March and June

Thirty-five European Union lenders analysed by the bloc’s banking watchdog didn’t hold enough easy-to-sell US dollar assets to cover their projected dollar cash outflows as of end-June.

Of 130 banks included in the European Banking Authority’s (EBA) latest report on the strength of firms’ liquidity coverage ratios (LCR), 71 said dollars were a “significant” foreign currency to them. Of these, 53 (75%) had dollar-specific LCRs lower than their all-currency LCRs, and 35 (49%) had dollar LCRs

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