US banks reshaped liquidity buffers in Q2

Truist, BofA and US Bancorp lead highly liquid assets pile-up

Large US banks pivoted towards holding safer assets in their liquidity buffers in the aftermath of the March banking crisis. The magnitude of the shift was second only to their response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

Across the 14 banks that disclose their stock of high-quality liquid assets (HQLAs), the proportion of Level 1 assets – typically cash, central bank reserve and certain marketable securities – rose from 88.7% in Q1 to 90.8% in Q2, equivalent to an increase of

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