Global banks’ CET1 surplus hit 2.5-year high in 2021

Lenders in the Americas had smaller share of capital available for use than European peers

Banks worldwide reported the widest headroom to core capital requirements in two-and-a-half years at the end of 2021, the latest data from the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) monitoring report shows – a high-level figure that masks deep divergences across regions and firm sizes.

Across a sample of 94 lenders in Basel member countries, some 32% of Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital remained unencumbered by prudential requirements as of the end of last year, up from 31% at end-2020

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