Bankers call for overhaul of EBA stress tests

Support for multiple scenarios, but only if fixed assumptions and variables are scaled back

European Banking Authority is based in Europlaza Tower, Paris
Europlaza building in Paris, home to the EBA
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The European Banking Authority is failing in its effort to make its biennial stress tests more relevant for internal bank risk management, according to senior executives at two of the European Union’s largest lenders.

“The exercise is too complex, it is too unrealistic, and it is not aligned with bank risk management,” Diego Maria Serra, senior solvency manager at Spain’s BBVA, said of the EBA’s stress tests.

“[The EBA] wants banks to merge stress testing into the internal process of risk

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