Top UK banks’ RWAs rose in Q2, reversing downward trend

HSBC’s $15.5 billion increase was the main driver, but other banks saw RWAs fall

Aggregate risk-weighted assets (RWAs) at the top UK banks rebounded in Q2 after hitting record lows in the previous quarter.

The five largest UK banks saw their aggregate RWAs increase by £5.28 billion ($7.30 billion) to £1.496 trillion in the second quarter – though not every bank saw its numbers move in the same direction.

The uptick was driven by HSBC’s RWAs increasing by $15.5 billion to $862 billion. Lloyds also saw its RWAs rise by £1.96 billion to £201 billion, following consecutive

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