Take the stress out of stress testing
Abstract: Stress testing can be a powerful tool for evaluating the impact of adverse external events on a bank’s earnings, capital adequacy and other performance measures. It also can guide an institution’s risk management and capital planning efforts. But until recently, there’s been some confusion about regulators’ expectations for stress testing by community banks. This article discusses new OCC supervisory guidance on this topic, looking at a variety of stress testing methods. A sidebar notes the circumstances under which institutions are expected to employ enhanced risk management techniques, including stress testing.