At top US banks, stress test capital hit driven by dividends

Most US banks projected their core solvency ratios would erode under the Federal Reserve’s latest stress test. But for some, the largest driver of capital loss was not the effects of the Fed scenario itself, but their own plans to pay dividends to shareholders.

Each bank that participated in the latest Dodd-Frank Act stress tests (DFAST) had to estimate what their Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio would look like following the nine-quarter severely adverse scenario cooked up by the Fed

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