UBS’s investment bank sees RWAs surge as revenue slows

Market risk exposure jumped 25% to $13.1 billion in Q2, the highest level in more than three years

Return on capital at UBS’s investment bank took a hit in the second quarter, as risk charges surged to their highest level in nearly two years, compounding a drop in revenue.

Risk-weighted assets (RWAs) allocated to the division rose 2% to $99.9 billion – the highest since March 2020 – in the three months to end-June, outpacing a 1% increase for the bank as a whole.

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The unit’s market RWAs surged 25% to $13.1 billion – the most since Q4 2018 – which the bank blamed mainly on higher

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