Riskiness of internationally-active UK banks edged up in 2020

Those UK high street banks with large overseas operations saw their risk-weighted assets increase over 2020, whereas their more domestically-focused peers cut down on these despite the headwinds posed by the coronavirus crisis.

Year on year, RWAs at Barclays increased 4% to £306.2 billion ($423.3 billion), at HSBC by 2% to $857.5 billion, and at Standard Chartered 2% to $268.8 billion. All three are internationally-active, global systemically important banks (G-Sibs).

In contrast, NatWest

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