We need a different approach to supervisory stress-testing

Confusing processes turn tests into template-filling exercise, says Garp’s Jo Paisley

Stress test jigsaw

If you Google ‘stress test’, you’ll most likely see a person on a treadmill, hooked up to electrodes, with an ECG monitoring his or her heart. A stress test for a financial institution is similar: it puts the firm under strain and tests whether it is healthy enough to cope.

From a risk management point of view, stress-testing is a good thing. It’s forward-looking and provides insights into the risk-taking of a bank in a way that is impossible using static financial accounting data. Moreover

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