Pressure points

Regulators released the results of US bank stress tests last month, forcing 10 banks to raise a collective $74.6 billion in additional capital. But can market participants take any real comfort from the results? Mark Pengelly finds out


Yearly exam results often generate screams of excitement among flustered college students. For some risk managers and analysts, the results of stress tests conducted under the US government's Supervisory Capital Assessment Program generated a similar degree of euphoria. Market participants have awaited the results since February, when regulators first announced they would assess the ability of the country's 19 largest bank holding companies - together representing two-thirds of the industry by

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