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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Federal Reserve Issues Stress Test Rules

The Federal Reserve yesterday issued two final rules on stress-testing requirements, which will implement sections 165(i)(1) and (i)(2) of the Dodd-Frank Act. One covers company-run stress tests for bank holding companies, state member banks and savings and loan holding companies with more than $10 billion in total consolidated assets.

In general, such institutions will not be required to conduct stress tests until October 2013, the Fed said. The Fed also noted that companies with between $10 billion and $50 billion in total assets that begin conducting their first company-run stress test in the fall of 2013 will not have to publicly disclose the results of that first stress test.

The other final rule covers stress-testing requirements for bank holding companies with total consolidated assets of $50 billion or more and nonbank financial companies the Financial Stability Oversight Council designates for Fed supervision.

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