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Ear to the Ground

Citigroup and 3 Other Banks Can’t Take the Stress

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Posted on Mar 13, 2012
Jon Wade (CC-BY)

Despite hefty bailouts and infinitesimal interest rates, Citi, Ally Financial, MetLife and SunTrust were not able to pass the latest round of stress tests designed and measured by the Federal Reserve.

The BBC describes the criteria:

The Fed tested the banks’ ability to withstand a crisis that triggered a rise in unemployment to 13%, a 50% fall in share prices and a 21% drop in house prices from current levels.

Their strength is assessed by the amount of “buffer” best-quality assets, known as Tier 1 capital, they would hold if such conditions occurred.

The banks with the highest rating, reports the Beeb, were American Express, Bank of New York Mellon, and State Street.

The Fed released the results early after JP Morgan Chase started bragging that it had passed despite gobbling up the remains of some of the financial crisis’ most troubled institutions, including Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual.  —PZS

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By Mark, March 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment
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Overheard at the Fed:

“Hmmm, so Citi, Ally, Metlife and Sun couldn’t pass the stress test, eh?

Only one thing to do: Change the metric and re-test ‘em until they pass, and throw some additional taxpayer dough at ‘em for good measure.

Oh yeah, and fire that SOB working for us who failed ‘em in the first place. Jeezus, what a dumbass!”

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By JohnSwims, March 14, 2012 at 1:34 am Link to this comment

The Federal Reserve is a “privately owned corporation”.

The FEDS main purpose is to make its secret owners and share holders rich.

Most Americans believe the FED is a US government department.  NO.  Lies and deceit.

The Federal Reserve, a PREVATEDLY OWED CORPORATION loans billions of dollars to the US Government and charges 6% interests.  The FED keeps America in debt!

Watch “The Secret of Oz”, a documentary movie, winner of 4 film awards.  It’s a documented history of the past and present financial crises, of other crises and more on the illegal Federal Reserve(a privately owned corporation).

http://www.documentarywire.com/the-secret-of-oz  Written and directed by Ben Still.

Beloit International Film Festival 2010   Best documentary(BIFF)
Yosemite Film Festival 2010               Silver Sierra Award for Excellence in Filmmaking
Accolade Competition 2010                 Award of Merit La Jolla, California
Nevada Film Festival 2010                   Silver Screen Award
Nathan’s Economic Edge, 2009             Excellent review at a world top economics blog.
British premier Oct. 1, 2010                 At prestigious Bromsgrove conference

The Federal Reserve, a privately owned corporation.

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By do over, March 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm Link to this comment

The sociopathic moral bankruptcy of the big banks propped up by the Fed at the expense of the American Citizen will end with historic bad consequences.  Thinking otherwise is just plain nuts.

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