Eight US banks slapped with higher capital buffers

US units of Deutsche and UBS hit with highest SCBs yet imposed by the Fed

Eight US lenders – half of them subsidiaries of foreign banks – will be faced with tougher capital requirements from October 1, after worsening performances in Federal Reserve stress tests saddled them with higher stress capital buffers (SCBs).

The SCB, introduced by the Federal Reserve in 2020, is determined by the maximum depletion of a bank’s Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio in the Dodd-Frank Act stress test (DFAST), plus an add-on covering four quarters of planned dividends.


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