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What Explains Shareholder Payouts by Large Banks?

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  • Beverly Hirtle

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On June 28, the Federal Reserve released the latest results of the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR), the supervisory program that assesses the capital adequacy and capital planning processes of large, complex banking companies. The Fed did not object to any of the banks? capital plans, an outcome that was widely heralded as a signal that these banks would be able to increase payouts to their shareholders. And in fact, immediately following the release of the CCAR results, several large banks announced substantial increases in quarterly dividends and record-sized share repurchase programs. In this post, we put these announced increases into recent historical context, showing how banks? payouts to shareholders have increased since the financial crisis and describing how CCAR has affected the composition of payouts between dividends and share repurchases.

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  • Beverly Hirtle, 2017. "What Explains Shareholder Payouts by Large Banks?," Liberty Street Economics 20171018, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednls:87220
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    Large Banks; Banks;

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    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services

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