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February 5, 2019

FED RISKS SNATCHING DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Contact: Nick Jacobs, 202-618-6430 or njacobs@bettermarkets.com

FED RISKS SNATCHING DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY

Washington, D.C. – Dennis Kelleher, president and CEO of Better Markets, issued the following statement following the announcement by the Fed finalizing changes to bank stress tests:

“The Fed’s rigorous and independent stress tests have been one of the most important and successful post-crash tools used by U.S. regulators.  In sharp contrast, Europe has used weak, bank-friendly stress tests that all the banks pass but remain systemic threats and unable to support economic growth. 

“By giving Wall Street’s biggest banks more information about the tests under the guise of ‘transparency,’ the Fed risks following the failed path of Europe and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

“While transparency is generally good, it will be incredibly counterproductive if it allows the banks to game the tests.  The Fed must be vigilant to ensure that that this critical tool does not become ‘no stress’ stress tests.”

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