US banks’ leverage soared in Q1 before Fed’s reprieve

JP Morgan alone saw leverage exposure climb $112 billion

Leverage exposure at top US banks swelled following an influx of deposits and a rush by clients to activate multi-billion dollar credit lines in the first quarter.

The aggregate leverage exposure of seven of the eight US global systemically important banks (G-Sibs) increased roughly $398 billion (+5%) between end-2019 and end-March. Actual or estimated data for Wells Fargo was not available at press time.

The average supplementary leverage ratio (SLR) for these banks – Tier 1 capital divided

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