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Becoming More Alike? Comparing Bank and Federal Reserve Stress Test Results

Beverly Hirtle, Anna Kovner and Eric McKay

No 20140721, Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: Stress tests have become an important method of assessing whether financial institutions have enough capital to operate in bad economic conditions. Under the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, both the Federal Reserve and large U.S. bank holding companies (BHCs) are required to do annual stress tests and to disclose these results to the public. While the BHCs? and the Federal Reserve?s projections are made under the same macroeconomic scenario, the results differ, primarily because of differences in the models used to make the projections. In this post, we look at the 2014 stress test projections made by the eighteen largest U.S. BHCs and by the Federal Reserve and compare them to similar numbers from 2013. We are particularly interested in the question of whether the BHCs? and the Federal Reserve?s results are converging over time, since such convergence could indicate decreased diversity of stress testing approaches in the banking industry.

Keywords: Stress Tests; Dodd-Frank Act (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-07-21
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