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Fed gives go-ahead for US bank buyback

Kane Davis Cooper ̶  The Federal Reserve has agreed to proposals from over thirty of the biggest U.S. banks for them to use additional money for share buybacks, dividends and other reasons outside mitigating against misfortune.

The Fed said those institutions had passed the second, more difficult part of its yearly stress check. They have built up satisfactory monetary cushions and but bolstered risk management strategies also.

Capital One needs to redo its plans by the end of the year but the Fed will let them proceed for now.

These banks will be allowed to distribute all their planned revenue over the upcoming four quarters, compared with two-thirds last year. This will be the first time after the financial crisis that banks reimburse the same amount of cash to stockholders as they generate in annual income.

This agreement may be the beginning of the deregulation that the industry has been trying to get passed for years.

With the exception of Capital One, share prices gained following the announcement.

Citigroup achieved a noteworthy success after being allowed to redistribute over $18 billion to stockholders, or one and a quarter times anticipated income for the upcoming year which is a large increase from last year and exceeds market expectations.

Other large banks, including Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs also passed the Fed’s test, and most announced large increases in shareholder payouts.

This time was the first that all the institutions that were tested passed but this time, most of them were excluded from the qualitative element which was the area that Capital One missed the mark on. Just over a third of the banks were tested on that which banks had previously decried as obscure and open to wide interpretation.

In answer to the bank’s complaints, the Fed has begun to give more explicit reasons on areas that banks failed in the past or need to make improvements.