ASI report “No Stress” features on BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme

Adam Smith Institute report “No Stress: The flaws of the Bank of England’s stress testing programme” has featured in the Financial Times:

ASI report, “No Stress: the flaws in the Bank of England’s stress testing programme”, examines the Bank of England’s stress testing programme and challenges the Bank’s conclusion that the UK banking system has sufficient capital to withstand a new downturn and suggests that the UK banking system is actually very weak.

The report argues that the stress tests are fatally flawed because they use a very low ‘pass’ standard, a 4.5 percent minimum ratio of capital to risk-weighted assets. This minimum is well below those coming through under Basel III. Had the Bank carried out a test using these latter minima, the banking system would have failed the test.

ASI report “No Stress” features in the Financial Times

Adam Smith Institute report “No Stress: The flaws of the Bank of England’s stress testing programme” has featured in the Financial Times:

The Bank of England’s stress tests of the banking sector have been attacked as “fatally flawed” for setting hurdles that are too easy to clear and giving false comfort about the safety of the financial system.

A report published on Thursday by the Adam Smith Institute, a free market think-tank, calls for the BoE annual stress tests to be scrapped, arguing they are “worse than useless” because they disguise weakness in the UK banking system.

The report has been written by Kevin Dowd, professor of finance and economics at Durham University, who is a vocal critic of the tests and criticised them at a Treasury select committee hearing in March.

Read the full article here.

ASI report, “No Stress: the flaws in the Bank of England’s stress testing programme”, examines the Bank of England’s stress testing programme and challenges the Bank’s conclusion that the UK banking system has sufficient capital to withstand a new downturn and suggests that the UK banking system is actually very weak.

The report argues that the stress tests are fatally flawed because they use a very low ‘pass’ standard, a 4.5 percent minimum ratio of capital to risk-weighted assets. This minimum is well below those coming through under Basel III. Had the Bank carried out a test using these latter minima, the banking system would have failed the test.

 

ASI report “No Stress” features in City AM

Adam Smith Institute report “No Stress: The flaws of the Bank of England’s stress testing programme” has featured in City AM:

A THINK tank has called for an end to regulatory stress tests on banks, saying they are “sleep- walking” the sector into another financial crisis.

The Adam Smith Institute, a free market think tank, said the annual Bank of England tests – which are used to gauge the resilience of banks to volatile financials scenarios – gave false comfort to lenders because the rules were not rigorous enough.

It added the tests failed to apply a minimum ratio of capital to leverage for UK banks, which would have shown the banks to be weaker than when tested on risk weighted assets.

Read the full article here.

ASI report, “No Stress: the flaws in the Bank of England’s stress testing programme”, examines the Bank of England’s stress testing programme and challenges the Bank’s conclusion that the UK banking system has sufficient capital to withstand a new downturn and suggests that the UK banking system is actually very weak.

The report argues that the stress tests are fatally flawed because they use a very low ‘pass’ standard, a 4.5 percent minimum ratio of capital to risk-weighted assets. This minimum is well below those coming through under Basel III. Had the Bank carried out a test using these latter minima, the banking system would have failed the test.

ASI report “No Stress” features in the Yorkshire Post

Adam Smith Institute report “No Stress: The flaws of the Bank of England’s stress testing programme” has featured in the Yorkshire Post:

The Bank of England’s banking stress tests are highly unreliable and could be “worse than useless”, a report has warned.

Libertarian think-tank the Adam Smith Institute said the Bank’s assessment of how well funded institutions should be could provide “false comfort”.

Regular stress testing – checking banks and building societies have enough cash to weather market shocks – was introduced in 2014 as a way to assess the strength of the sector.

These tests are “fatally flawed” because they use a single scenario test with a low pass rate, the think-tank claimed.

Read the full article here.

ASI report, “No Stress: the flaws in the Bank of England’s stress testing programme”, examines the Bank of England’s stress testing programme and challenges the Bank’s conclusion that the UK banking system has sufficient capital to withstand a new downturn and suggests that the UK banking system is actually very weak.

The report argues that the stress tests are fatally flawed because they use a very low ‘pass’ standard, a 4.5 percent minimum ratio of capital to risk-weighted assets. This minimum is well below those coming through under Basel III. Had the Bank carried out a test using these latter minima, the banking system would have failed the test.