Stock dividends

Fed extends dividend restrictions after stress test results

12/18/20

The Federal Reserve's “mid-cycle” assessment — conducted in light of the uncertainty posed by COVID-19 — showed that several banks would maintain just the bare minimum level of capital under hypothetical scenarios.

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Banks’ billions in payouts hinge on Fed’s view of the pandemic

12/16/20

As with most things related to 2020, COVID-19 will be a deciding factor as the Federal Reserve considers whether banks are able to increase their dividends or resume share buybacks.

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Fed aims to give less complex banks relief in capital planning rule

09/30/20

The central bank issued a proposal aligning recent stress testing changes with supervisory standards that are tailored to an institution's size and complexity.

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Fed will extend freeze on stock buybacks, cap on dividends

09/30/20

The Federal Reserve will continue its ban on share repurchases for banks with more than $100 billion of assets into the fourth quarter and will cap dividend payments using a formula based on recent income.

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Fed offers details on additional bank stress test triggered by COVID-19

09/17/20

The agency has scheduled an extra assessment of institutions' strength to incorporate more recent economic data during the pandemic.

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Regulators finalize rule changes to help banks weather pandemic

08/26/20

The agencies completed steps to ease a community bank capital measure temporarily and to delay a new credit-loss accounting standard.

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Small banks are dominating the Fed's Main Street Lending Program

08/19/20

With big banks largely shunning the program, small banks see an opening to grab more market share in commercial lending.

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No bank should be paying dividends right now

07/14/20

The Fed’s recent action capping dividend payments might prove inadequate once the coronavirus crisis really hits banks’ capital.

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Outsourcing PPP, stress-test fallout, SCOTUS’ CFPB ruling: Top stories of the week

07/02/20

As PPP enters forgiveness phase, some banks see outsourcing as best move; after the Fed’s stress tests, Wells Fargo to cut dividend while other big banks boost capital buffer; Supreme Court strikes down CFPB leadership structure; and more from this week’s most-read stories.

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2Q preview: Regional banks staring at steep profit declines

07/02/20

While elevated loan-loss provisions are expected to eat into all banks’ earnings, midsize banks could suffer more than their big-bank rivals because they have fewer revenue drivers. Meanwhile, investors will be watching closely for any signs of dividend cuts stemming from the Federal Reserve’s caps on payouts.

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