Bank capital ratios fall for first time since 2011

The Bank for International Settlements, Basel
The Basel Committee secretariat is based at the Bank for International Settlements
Photo: Ulrich Roth

The capital ratios of the world’s largest banks have gone into reverse for the first time since the creation of the Basel III framework, says a monitoring report published today (March 20).

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision says “group 1” banks – internationally active banks with over €3 billion ($3.4 billion) in Tier 1 capital – saw their CET1 capital ratios fall from 12.2% in December 2017 to 11.7% in June 2018, on a fully phased-in basis.

Although most banks are above the Basel

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