Stress capital buffer may delay buy-back announcements

Banks with capital ratios more sensitive to CCAR may rethink how they communicate distributions

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US banks are expected to return billions of dollars of capital to shareholders in stock buy-backs and dividends after they learn the results of this year’s supervisory stress tests, but investors may have to wait longer than usual to find out just how much.

Typically, banks waste no time in announcing distributions after receiving the green light from the US Federal Reserve, which conducts the annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) stress tests. The new wrinkle this year is the

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