At US banks, share of HTM securities ticks up in Q1

Despite liquidity squeeze, regional banks increased proportion to a six-year high

US banks increased the proportion of their securities classified as held-to-maturity (HTM) in Q1, despite liquidity fears sparked by the collapse of several banks in recent months.

The change was most pronounced at US regional lenders, with Category IV banks – those with assets of between $100 billion and $250 billion – increasing HTM holdings to 20% of their securities portfolios, from 18.8% the previous quarter. The latest increase pushed the proportion of HTM balances to the highest since

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