HSBC North America breached leverage ratio minimum in latest DFAST

Ratio of UK bank’s US subsidiary ended stress test 20 basis points below regulatory threshold

HSBC North America emerged from the US Federal Reserve’s latest Dodd-Frank Act stress test (DFAST) with a hypothetical leverage ratio of 3.8% – 20 basis points below the regulatory minimum.

Over the course of the nine-quarter stress scenario, the leverage ratio of HSBC’s US subsidiary was forecast to drop 250bp from a starting point of 6.3% – the third lowest in the 31-bank sample.

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