New Bank Criteria…The Fed Is Sending A Pointed Message

Posted By on November 23, 2011

We have NEVER seen the U.S. Fed set such a stringent set of criteria for the banks…we think there is a message here!  Actually it’s a no brainier!   Leverage is a killer near term. De leveraging and deflation is the immediate concern.

The Federal Reserve released criteria yesterday for capital tests measuring the strength of the largest 31 U.S. banks. The standards measure their wherewithal if the U.S. economy sours and major trading partners default on their debt. Lenders need to prove they have the capital to withstand a “severe” U.S. recession with 13 percent unemployment and an 8 percent decline in gross domestic product before they can increase dividends or repurchase shares.

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