EBA: rise in asset encumbrance is not a concern

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By Bill Thornhill
03 Aug 2017

The European Banking Authority said this week that it is not overly concerned by an increase in banks' asset encumbrance last year and a rise in covered bond encumbrance for the third successive year.

The EBA’s annual report, published earlier this week, was based on quarterly data collected in 2016. At 26.6% the ratio of encumbered assets relative to total assets was slightly higher than 2015’s ratio of 25.4% and 2014’s ratio of 25.1%.

At €2.2tr, the volume of covered ...

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