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The 2017 Stress Tests: Are US Banks Really in Good Shape?

“… equally efficacious, and equally a hoax.” – Benjamin Disraeli, 1848[1]   One of the highlights of the U.S. summer for Fed watchers is the annual ritual in which the Fed’s economic soothsayers peer into their crystal balls, a.k.a. their stress tests, to reassure us that the U.S. banking system is robust and getting stronger all the time. You see, while the future is uncertain, the results of the stress tests are not.
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