But the central bank is putting a stop to share buybacks and limiting bank dividends.
Today's news is worse — and coming faster — than in the scenarios the central bank tests for.
The move carries risks but takes the burden of annual reviews off relatively smaller banks.
A new report argues the process for developing the tests should be more open.
As the Federal Reserve issues its annual stress test results for big banks, the question is do they have enough cash to survive a deep recession, a 50 percent stock market fall and 12 percent unemployment?
Big U.S. banks passed a round of stress tests conducted by the Fed. Meanwhile, one former Goldman Sachs employee is speaking out on the corporate culture there, which he claims leaves much to be desired.