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EU bank stress test: A tale of two capital scores

With fully phased-in rules, the number of failures would rise from 24 to 34

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To clear the stress-test thresholds, some banks made liberal use of instruments, whose admissibility as core capital will be gradually phased out under the EU's Capital Requirements Regulation.

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THE European Union's toughest-ever stress test was meant to leave banks with nowhere to hide. The results show how the bloc's capital rules got in the way.

A total of 24 lenders failed the European Banking Authority's stress test with a capital shortfall of 24.6 billion

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