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Leading European banks ranked by tier 1 capital 2018

Leading banks on the European market as of 2018*, by tier one capital (in billion U.S. dollars)

by James Cherowbrier, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Leading European banks ranked by tier 1 capital 2018 Tier 1 capital displays the financial strength of a bank as it shows the bank’s core capital including equity capital and disclosed reserves. Regulators use tier 1 capital for the purpose of ensuring that banks have enough capital in case of unexpected losses. As of 2018, HSBC had the highest amount of tier 1 capital of any bank in Europe with over 150 billion U.S dollars.
Tier 1 capital ratio

After the financial crisis it became clear that a lot of banks were running on too much debt and did not hold enough enough equity. Banks must have a tier 1 capital ratio of a minimum six percent, according to to Basel III rules. As of March 2018, aggregated national results indicated that Europe’s banks had a higher than required amount of tier one capital.

European banks appear safe for now

In 2018’s all the European banks reviewed passed the EU-wide stress test. The EU-wide stress test is run in order to assess Europe’s banking sectors ability to withstand shocks to the market and to ensure a repeat of the financial crisis does not happen again. The test, which requires banks to have a ratio of over 5.5 percent for fully loaded CET1 capital saw Europe’s 48 largest banks score anywhere between 6.4 percent to 34 percent.
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Leading banks on the European market as of 2018*, by tier one capital (in billion U.S. dollars)

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