FSA redesigns bank stress tests
by Gill Montia
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In its 2010 Financial Risk Outlook report, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has told UK banks they must retain core tier one capital ratios of at least 4%.
While acknowledging that the UK economy is expected to continue to recover, the regulator wants financial firms to be equipped for the possibility of a peak-to-trough fall in gross domestic product of -8.1% by 2014, accompanied by a rise in unemployment to over four million.
However, mortgage lenders have been asked to incorporate a 36% fall in house prices in their calculations, compared with the 50% peak-to-trough decline contained in the FSA’s 2009 Financial Risk Outlook.
Looking forward, the report states: “The capital planning of banks and building societies will need to reflect: the losses which have emerged over the last year and may re-emerge; appropriate stress tests in light of latest economic developments; and the future international capital regime which will emerge during 2010.”
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