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Stress testing for supervisory purposes: Framework and challenges

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Since 2009, when the Federal Reserve conducted the Supervisory Capital Assessment Program (SCAP), the Federal Reserve has been conducting supervisory stress tests to evaluate the capital adequacy of large banks and to support broad supervisory programmes. These stress tests provide a case study on the key challenges to designing a supervisory stress testing framework for ongoing supervision. The evolution of supervisory stress testing in the USA also provides a lens to examine particular considerations for scenario design, stress testing methodology, and public disclosure within the context of an annual exercise. The US experience suggests that annual supervisory stress tests can help link micro-prudential supervision to macro-prudential objectives; however, the value of supervisory stress tests is best assessed within the context of the broader supervisory programmes they support.
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Keywords: market discipline; scenario design; stress test models; stress testing framework

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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  • Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions is the essential professional and research journal for all those involved in the management of risk at retail and investment banks, investment managers, broker-dealers, hedge funds, exchanges, central banks, financial regulators and depositories, as well as service providers, advisers, researchers and academics. Guided by expert Editors and an eminent Editorial Board, each quarterly 100-page issue does not publish advertising but rather in-depth articles, reviews and applied research by leading professionals and researchers in the field on six key inter-related areas: strategic and business risk, financial risk, including traditional/exotic credit, market and liquidity risks, operational risk, regulatory and legal risks, systemic risk, and sovereign risk.

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