Rifts widen across EU banks’ trading results

Largest fair-value hits from HFT assets moved further from median in H1

European Union banks’ trading performances drifted wide apart in the year’s frantic first half, with the worst crop of fair-value hits shaving a far bigger proportion of core capital than six months earlier.

Gains and losses on assets held for trading (HFT) equated to 0.3% of Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital at the median bank as of end-June, down only slightly from 0.4% at end-December 2021 despite heightened market volatility, a Risk Quantum analysis of European Banking Authority data

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