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One in five European banks just failed a major stress test. So is the UK ok?

27th Oct 14 9:05 am

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has conducted a “stress test” of 123 European banks, simulating what would happen to them if there was another financial crash.

Some 24 of the banks failed the test – around one in five of all those tested – because they lacked the capital buffers needed to withstand the fictional crisis, as their finances stood at the end of 2013.

The banks that failed faced a total shortfall of €24.6bn.

At least 10 of those banks have, however, built up their balance sheet since the end of 2013.

So how did the UK fare?

All the big four UK banks – Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and RBS – passed the EBA’s test, with a capital buffer of more than 5.5%.

Lloyds was the closest to the benchmark, with a 6.2% buffer, then RBS at 6.7%, Barclays at 7.1% and HSBC at 9.3% under the circumstances simulated by the EBA.

Italy came out worst in the test, with four banks failing. Worst-off was the Italian bank Monte dei Paschi, which was €2.1bn short of the benchmark the EBA deemed safe.

Greece, Belgium and Slovenia each had two banks that failed the test.

The European Central Bank also carried out a similar test on 130 eurozone banks, which 25 failed.

The BBC reports that 12 of those have already taken measures to build up their capital reserves.


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