On September 30, 2015, the European Banking Authority published its first analysis on asset encumbrance for EU banks, using data received from the 200 banks that provide it with such data. This first analysis initiates the regular monitoring of levels of asset encumbrance at EU level and future reports will be published annually. The analysis aims to assist supervisors in assessing how banks manage funding stress as well as the impact that switching from unsecured to secured funding might have on banks in conditions of stress. The report is based on data received for December 2014 and March 2015 further to a requirement under the Capital Requirements Regulation for banks to report levels of repurchase agreements, securities lending and all forms of asset encumbrance to national regulators. The analysis shows that the overall weighted average encumbrance ratio was 27% in March 2015, with ratios at country level that range from 0% for Estonia and 44% in Denmark and Greece. The report shows there has been no increase in levels of asset encumbrance over the past four years, based on a comparison with a similar report released by the European Systemic Risk Board in 2011.
The report is available at: http://www.eba.europa.eu/documents/10180/974844/EBA+Report+on+Asset+Encumbrance- +September+2015.pdf.