EU banks’ leverage ratios slip as ECB relief ends

Lenders still carving out central bank balances in March saw ratios drop 60bp on average

European Union banks’ leverage ratios dropped across the board in the second quarter, after an 18-month waiver on exposures stemming from central bank deposits came to an end.

Risk Quantum examined the ratios of 29 banks. Analysis of the 15 lenders that were still taking advantage of the relief measure as of Q1 shows their leverage ratio falling by an average of 60 basis points the following quarter, with most citing the reinclusion of central bank balances in the denominator as the main driver

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