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COLUMN-EU bank stress tests: what’s the point?

By Guest Contributor
March 4, 2011

Employees of the Deutsche Bank walk in front of the Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt April 28, 2010. REUTERS/Johannes EiseleBy Keith Mullin, Editor at Large, International Financing Review; the views expressed are his own.

ANALYSIS-Ratings uncertainty stunts contingent capital growth

By Reuters Staff
August 9, 2010

By Jane Merriman

LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Contingent capital, a breed of hybrid bond that could help capitalise banks in crisis, will struggle to grow into a mainstream asset class if rating agencies persist in refusing to rate it.

COLUMN-Stress tests and cargo cults: James Saft

By Reuters Staff
July 9, 2010

(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

By Jim Saft

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 8 (Reuters) – How are European officials orchestrating the bank stress tests like Pacific islanders speaking into coconuts and waiting for cargo to drop from the skies?

ANALYSIS-Gloom starts to lift in euro zone crisis

By Reuters Staff
July 9, 2010

By Timothy Heritage

BRUSSELS, July 9 (Reuters) – Gloom over the future of the euro zone is starting to lift after months of crisis, with policy makers sounding increasingly confident that the worst is over.

BREAKINGVIEWS-Far too little stress in U.S. bank reform

By Reuters Staff
April 6, 2010

– The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Czech central bank sees banks withstanding shocks

February 23, 2010

    PRAGUE, Feb 23 (Reuters) – The Czech banking system will maintain sufficient capital adequacy in all projected scenarios of economic and market development, central bank stress tests showed on Tuesday. (more…)

EU watchdogs to conduct system-wide bank stress test

By Reuters Staff
January 26, 2010

BRUSSELS, Jan 26 (Reuters) – European Union banking supervisors will again test of the banking system’s ability to withstand shocks, a top regulatory official said on Tuesday.

U.S. Fed: 9 of 10 large banks met capital goals

By Reuters Staff
November 9, 2009

By David Lawder
WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Nine of 10 large U.S. banks ordered to raise capital in May have met or exceeded their goals and the laggard — auto lender GMAC Financial Services — is negotiating for a fresh infusion of taxpayer funds.

EU banks solid, stress test shows-Spain finmin

October 1, 2009

Spain's Economy Minister Elena Salgado listens to a question during a news conference at the G20 Finance Ministers summit in London September 5, 2009. Finance ministers and central bankers from the G20 nations were meeting in London on Saturday to lay the foundations for a summit of leaders in the U.S. city of Pittsburgh later this month.    REUTERS/Kevin Coombs     (BRITAIN BUSINESS POLITICS)    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The European banking sector is solid enough to withstand a deterioration of economic conditions and under the worst case scenario could face 400 billion euros of write-downs, Spanish Finance Minister Elena Salgado said.
   “The ministers shared the view that the 22 systemic banks (in Europe) are solid enough to resist a deterioration of conditions. This deterioration will not happen,” Salgado told reporters on the sidelines of an EU finance ministers’ meeting.
   Asked about the 400 billion euros figure, reported in the media, she said : “In the worst case scenario, the maximum total of risks would be around this figure.
   ((Reporting by Julien Toyer, writing by Jan Strupczewski, tel +32 2 287 68 37, fax  +32 2 230 55 73, e-mail: jan.strupczewski@reuters.com; RM: jan.strupczewski.reuters.com@reuters.net))
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EU banks must have cash buffer for crisis – regulators

September 22, 2009

By Huw Jones
LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Banks in the European Union must have a cash buffer to survive the first month of a crisis, regulators said on Tuesday, sparking industry concern that cross-border groups will face a new patchwork of rules.