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Barclays Charts New Course in Major Overhaul, Prioritizing Stability

Barclays, in its most significant restructuring since 2016, aims to provide investors with a clearer path to more stable returns.

The British lender’s strategy involves dedicating fewer financial resources to its investment bank, a move intended to address concerns of conservative shareholders seeking less volatile profits.

Despite the plan to reduce emphasis on the investment bank, Barclays has outlined ambitions to expand in certain higher-risk businesses within the unit.

This has left some investors skeptical, as the bank historically allocated a substantial portion of its capital to investment banking, potentially overshadowing other businesses with more reliable profits.

While Barclays intends to focus more on domestic lending, there are doubts among analysts and investors about the bank’s ability to grow market share significantly. Achieving lofty revenue goals in a competitive landscape and amid economic uncertainties in the UK poses challenges.

Barclays’ strategic update, unveiled on Tuesday, outlines a return of at least £10 billion ($12.66 billion) to investors and a reorganization into five units, moving away from the current three business lines. The bank believes this overhaul will create a simpler and better-balanced institution.

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