Own-country risk makes up 51% of EU bank sovereign portfolios

Home government exposures up seven percentage points in 2020

Debt issued by European banks’ host governments made up over half of their sovereign holdings at end-2020, regulator data shows.

Of the €3.22 trillion ($3.79 trillion) of sovereign debt held by the 130 firms covered by the European Banking Authority’s latest Risk Dashboard, 51% related to own-government exposures. This compares with a 50% share at end-June and a 44% share the year prior.

The percentage related to other European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) sovereigns came to 28%, down

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