WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell expressed support Thursday for removing the qualitative standard applied by regulators to regular stress testing of banks.
Powell said that applying a qualitative standard after the financial crisis played a key role in getting banks to understand their risks. But as banks have improved their books after the financial crisis, the need for that part of the regular stress test has lessened. "We’ve seen a great deal of progress," he said. “I do think we’re getting to the point where qualitative supervision of risk management can no longer be part of the stress test but will return to being part of the normal supervision of firms." (Reporting by Pete Schroeder; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)