Bank of England confirms will hold broader bank stress test in 2017

Mon Oct 3, 2016 4:51am EDT
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LONDON, (Reuters) - The Bank of England said on Monday it would hold a broader stress test of British banks' resilience alongside its regular annual check-up of their financial health.

The central bank will release the results of this year's stress test at 0700 GMT on Nov. 30, alongside its half-yearly Financial Stability Report, and will go ahead with plans set out in 2015 to conduct a broader test as well in 2017.

"Next year the Bank of England's stress test of major banks will for the first time include two scenarios. In addition to the Annual Cyclical Scenario ... there will be an additional 'exploratory' scenario," the BoE said.

"This will allow banks' resilience to a wider range of potential threats to be assessed," the BoE added.

The annual stress test typically focuses on potential near-term threats to banks. This year's test looks at the dangers from a "severe slowdown" in the British and global economy.

The lenders undergoing the stress tests in 2017 will be the same as those under scrutiny on Nov. 30 - Barclays (BARC.L: Quote), HSBC (HSBA.L: Quote), Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L: Quote), Nationwide Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L: Quote), Santander UK (SAN.MC: Quote) and Standard Chartered (STAN.L: Quote).

The central bank also released a record of its Financial Policy Committee's latest quarterly discussions which took place on Sept. 20.

After the Sept. 20 meeting, the BoE had said Britain still faced a "challenging period" for financial stability despite resilience seen after the European Union referendum, and said there was no case to relax regulation on banks.

"Heightened uncertainty about the near-term macroeconomic outlook and the United Kingdom's future relationship with the EU was reinforcing domestic risks," the record said on Monday.   Continued...

A man walks past the Bank of England in the City of London, in London, Britain September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville