NatWest’s LCR dips 4% as liquidity buffers shrink

Drop in net cash outflows contributes to lowest ratio since 2018

NatWest Group’s average liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) dropped six percentage points to 145% in the second quarter, after the lender shed easy-to-sell assets and saw a reduction in customer deposits.

The UK bank’s stock of high-quality liquid assets (HQLAs) shrank 7% to £168.7 billion ($215.3 billion) in the three months to end-June, to the lowest point since Q4 2020.

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