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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

PIMCO's El-Erian on Stress Tests

by Calculated Risk on 4/22/2009 08:41:00 AM

Form the Financial Times: Bank tests we should get stressed about (ht MrM)

[T]he tests suggested a concrete way to differentiate between the solid institutions that can raise private capital, and those that will (and must) feel a heavy government hand.
First, transparency is key. Whether the government likes it or not, hundreds of analysts around the world will reverse engineer the stress tests. The government would be well advised to assist the process through clarity ...

Second, the results of the stress tests must be part of a comprehensive, forward-looking package to resolve problems at banks. Out-performing banks should be provided with exit mechanisms from the exceptional government support that they have been receiving and, presumably, no longer need. At the other end, there must be clarity as to how capital-deficient banks that no longer have access to private capital will be handled.
There is more, but I think these are the two key points: Transparency is key. And the results should be announced as part of a comprehensive plan.