U.S. banks seeking regulatory approval to boost payouts to shareholders next year will face a new hurdle as the Federal Reserve begins making its own projections for lenders’ balance sheets in annual stress tests.
Ask David Conner, chief executive officer of Singapore’s Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp., what makes a world-class bank and he smiles and tells the story of how he was hired. It was April 2002, and Singapore’s banks faced a struggling economy, poor demand for credit and rising competition from foreign lenders that had just won greater access to the Singaporean market.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc., whose shares have fallen 43 percent this year, may report its lowest quarterly profit since the 2008 financial crisis. Far from Wall Street, Wells Fargo & Co. is headed for record earnings.