The Oversight Panel which is supervising the U.S. government bailout of banks to the tune of $700 billion issued a report Tuesday, June 9th, stating that the Federal Reserve used “conservative and reasonable” methods for the assessment of the well-being of the country’s largest banks.
However the panel also said that the Fed’s most pessimistic scenario was not far reaching enough. One example is that the “stress tests” which were conducted by the Federal Reserve bases their conclusions on 2009 unemployment figures which averaged 8.9%. This year unemployment actually reached 9.4% in the month of May.
“While no one should gainsay the potentially positive results of the tests, it would be equally unwise to think that those results reflect a diagnosis of all of the potential weaknesses or create a necessarily sufficient buffer against future reverses for the banking system,” warned the panel in their report.
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