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US Fed plans changes to annual bank stress tests

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Federal Reserve on Thursday proposed tougher conditions for banks to pay dividends or buy back shares as part of a number of changes to its annual stress tests to measure banks' ability to withstand financial shocks.


Banker says ECB stress tests may be too strict

FRANKFURT: The new stress tests which Europe’s banks are being subjected to may be too strict, according to the head of the Austrian central bank, Ewald Nowotny.


Deutsche's radical revamp foiled by ECB stress test

FRANKFURT: A radical plan for Deutsche Bank to become a pure investment bank and corporate lender was dropped after stress tests demanded by the European Central Bank concluded the model would not withstand a severe financial crisis, sources said.


First stress tests on brokerages

SHANGHAI: , China is preparing to conduct its first-ever stress test on the brokerage industry this year to ward off potential risks arising from a possible deterioration in the economic or market environment, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the plans.


Focus shifts to EU banks that scrape stress tests

LONDON: So few banks failed Europe#8217;s long-awaited stress tests last Friday that investors will likely focus instead on the dozen or so banks that just scraped through when markets reopen this week.


US launches ‘stress test’ for big banks

The United States launched a 'stress test' programme to judge banks' resistance to a possible deeper recession, as investors await President Barack Obama's budget proposal to see what support it will give the economy.


US stress tests find 10 big banks need US$75bil more

WASHINGTON: The government's long-awaited stress-test results have found that 10 of the nation's 19 largest banks need a total of about US$75 billion in new capital to withstand losses if the recession noshade size=-1 width=50%>


Individuals to undergo stress test when applying for new loans

KUALA LUMPUR: Individual borrowers will be subject to a stress test to gauge if they can afford a new loan once guidelines are introduced in the third quarter of this year.


Moodys Asian liquidity stress index up again in September

KUALA LUMPUR: Moody's Investors Service says its Asian Liquidity Stress Index (Asian LSI) rose for the third consecutive month in September and now stands at 23.8%, up from 21.8% in August and 16.8% in July.


El Nino and tree stress may cap CPO output

KUALA LUMPUR: Palm oil production in top growers Indonesia and Malaysia could pick up in the final months of this year, keeping a lid on prices, although some in the market are still worried about a potential El Nino plus tree stress in Malaysia.