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Sheila Bair, former FDIC chair, says stress tests are good, but they cannot substitute capital rules. She also explains why money market funds remain at risk and require more oversight, with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.
In another milestone in the banking industry’s recovery from the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve this week will release the results of its latest stress tests, which are expected to show broadly improved balance sheets at most institutions, the New York Times reports.
When you look at corporate earnings, things appear to be getting better, 70 of reported S&P 500 firms have beaten estimates. But does this mean that corporate America's balance sheets are out of the woods? Peter Kaufman, Gordian Group president, weighs in.
Looking for a euro-dollar trading strategy among the torrent of European news reports? Here's an idea.
"Businesses' balance sheets are fortresses of cash. The volatility is almost in front of them, because they are seeing what is happening in the market place, and I think they are preparing ahead of time," Dana Telsey, CEO at Telsey Advisory Group, told CNBC.
Bill Gross, Pimco Co-CIO & founder, explains there is a misconception that Pimco is short US Treasuries. Investors can find pristine balance sheets in countries like Canada, he adds.