Fed Reveals Stress Test Results

The Federal Reserve on Thursday revealed the results of its bank "stress tests," showing that 10 of the nation's 19 largest banks would need more capital to withstand losses and meet the credit needs of their customers in the event of a more severe recession.

Officially know as the Supervisory Capital Assessment Program (SCAP), the stress tests involved a comprehensive assessment by the Federal Reserve and other bank supervisors of the capital held by the 19 largest U.S. bank holding companies. The Fed decided to make the results of the stress test public to restore confidence in these financial institutions.

The following chart shows the additional capital buffer the Fed suggests each bank needs. The 10 banks in need of additional capital have until June 8 to come up with a detailed plan for putting that capital buffer in place, and they must implement the plan by early November.