All except 1 Bank Passed Fed’s Stress Test

The first part of a long-awaited two-stage stress test for the big banks is in, and all but one stayed above minimum financial ratios set out in the test.

That’s according to initial Federal Reserve results released Thursday, seeking to find out if 18 of the largest financial institutions could withstand a deep recession like the credit crunch of 2008.

Ally Financial Inc., majority owned by the government, was the only bank that failed to meet one of the key ratios. The test showed that Ally had 1.5% in capital set aside under a measure known as Tier 1 common ratio, which compares the bank’s common equity to its risk-weighted assets.

That is significantly below the generally accepted standard of 5%. The other 17 institutions fared better, but many experienced major mortgage, securities and loan losses under the recession scenario.


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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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