In-depth introduction: Stress tests

Fed using CCAR to wield threat of dividend restrictions


Citi's stock fell 9% in the days following March 26, when it was the only big US bank to get a failing grade in this year's Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) – the annual stress test run by the Federal Reserve Board. The Fed explained Citi had "a number of deficiencies in its capital planning practices", pointing specifically to its ability to project revenue and losses for some parts of its global businesses. As a result, the bank was barred from taking its proposed capital

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