NatWest cut markets unit RWAs by almost one-third in 2020

NatWest Markets now makes up 16% of group RWAs

NatWest Group shed risky assets linked with its trading arm in 2020 as part of the its pivot away from highly volatile activities. 

NatWest Markets ended 2020 with risk-weighted assets (RWAs) of £26.9 billion ($37.7 billion), 29% lower than a year prior and below management’s target of £30 billion. Funded assets held by the unit fell just 9%, implying the bank focused on purging its most high-risk assets over the course of year. As a result, the risk density – assets divided by RWAs – of the

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