Fed Lifts Freeze on Bank Share Repurchases
The Fed voted 4-1 to ease restrictions on buybacks and dividends it had imposed to ensure banks preserved capital amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fed Clamps Down on Bank Capital Distributions
The regulator is seeking to “ensure large banks remain resilient despite the economic uncertainty" from the coronavirus pandemic.
Fed Adopts ‘Stress Capital Buffer’ for Big Banks
The new buffer will use the results from the Fed's stress tests to help determine banks' capital requirements.
Banks’ Stress Tests to Focus on Leveraged Lending
The 2020 tests will give the Fed "increased information on how leveraged loans and collateralized loan obligations may respond to a recession."
Fed Scraps Part of Stress Tests for Big Banks
The elimination of the "qualitative" portion of the annual tests eases some of the post-crisis regulatory burden on banks.
Fed Proposes Additional Stress Test Disclosures
Regulators are seeking to give banks more information about the testing process without enabling them to game the system.
Do Stress Tests Help Bank Stocks?
The answer is unequivocally no, according to noted bond analyst Christopher Whalen, who calls them "a monumental waste of time and money."
Report Sees Faults in Fed’s Bank Stress Tests
A watchdog says the Fed needs to disclose more about how it assesses whether banks would maintain sufficient capital in a future crisis.
Bankers Question Legality of Fed’s Stress Tests
Financial industry leaders say the tests may violate a law requiring transparency in government rulemaking.
Largest U.S. Banks Pass Latest Stress Tests
The banks' projected capital cushions in the event of a severe recession all exceeded the Fed's minimum requirements.