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As stated in my earlier posts, I have embarked upon stress tests for certain members of the Doo Doo 32 (As I see it, these 32 banks and thrifts are in deep doo-doo!) as well as other financial services and insurers/reinsurers that I have released analysis on. These stress tests use the published methodology issued by the government, and uses the government's assumptions for the optimistic case. I feel (actually, I know) the government's assumptions are much too rosy to be considered a prudent base case or pessimistic case scenario. See "More on Reggie Middleton's Bank Stress Testing" for the justification behind this line of thinking. Nouriel Roubini has been consistently more accurate in the call of the current downfall than the government's models, thus I feel it is most prudent to rely on his input for the base case scenario.

Below is the link for the stress test results of PNC Bank including the acquisition results of National City, an interesting taxpayer funded combination of two of the Doo Doo 32 (As I see it, these 32 banks and thrifts are in deep doo-doo!).

We have created 3 economic stress test scenarios with RGE Monitor's estimates as the base case, the Fed's base line assumption as optimistic case and a slightly direr (though still plausible) distressed scenario.  The Fed's baseline assumptions are on an average higher than RGE's estimates by a factor of 1.33x while under the adverse case the macroeconomic assumptions are lower by a factor of 0.80x.  We have used these factors to build optimist and adverse case scenarios. 

Base Case - RGE Monitor










Price Index




Our Optimistic case - Fed's baseline case










Price Index




Adverse Scenario - L shaped recession










Price Index




Factor sensitivity - Base case



Factor sensitivity - Optimistic Case



Factor sensitivity - Adverse case




As per RGE Monitor HPI is expected to fall 44% over 2006 levels. S&P Case Shiller has declined 27% since then.





Current Index





 Previous PNC research:

PNC Report 050508 revised PNC Report 050508 revised 2008-08-30 06:38:42 711.95 Kb

PNC Report_update final - Retail PNC Report_update final - Retail 2008-10-15 13:21:38 337.21 Kb

PNC Report_update final - Pro PNC Report_update final - Pro 2008-10-15 13:21:22 590.98 Kb

The PNC Stress Test Results

PNC Stress Test Retail PNC Stress Test Retail 2009-04-13 02:11:08 323.51 Kb

PNC Stress Test Pro PNC Stress Test Pro 2009-04-13 02:10:17 3.11 Mb


The Professional Version is 56 pages long and has roughly 60% of the output of my proprietary PNC model (there are some formatting issues with the pro addition due to the heft of the tables included). Below is a pasting to illustrate the contents and the amount of intellectual capacity that went into it. I will be releasing a similar stress test for every company that I have a financial interest in. 

Pro Contents

Summary. 2

The Scenario Analysis. 4

Base Case - RGE Monitor. 4

Our Optimistc case - Fed's baseline case. 5

Adverse Scenario - L shaped recession. 6

Relative Value: Sum of the Parts. 7

Net Interest Income. 9

Interest Bearing Liabilities. 11

Non-interest Income. 12

Off Balance Sheet Items. 18

Business Segments. 18

Retail Banking. 19

Corporate and Institutional 24

PFPC. 25

The BlackRock Investment. 27

Relative Value: Consolidated. 35

Loan Portfolio. 37

Regulatory Ratios. 46

Charge-offs and Delinquencies. 47

FDIC Supporting Data, Tables, Charts and Graphs. 54