stress test


Definition of stress test 

: an electrocardiographic test of heart function before, during, and after a controlled period of increasingly strenuous exercise (as on a treadmill)

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The bill will exempt banks with less than $250 billion in assets from tougher oversight by the Federal Reserve, including the central bank’s annual stress tests. Fox News, "White House sanctions Russians for 2016 interference," 15 Mar. 2018 Citigroup, whose fortunes have picked up in recent years, could pay out 128 percent of its earnings after the latest stress tests, compared with 119 percent in 2017. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "Banks Are Paying Out Billions to Shareholders. We Put the Numbers in Context.," 29 June 2018 The Happier Yellow House is about to be stress tested. Marni Jameson,, "They’re coming! Part 1: Designing an outdoor getaway," 18 May 2018 And next week, the Fed will say whether Deutsche Bank passed a stress test that measures the adequacy of its capital and risk controls. 1. Steven Arons,, "Why Deutsche Bank Can’t Just Shake Off Its Problems," 24 June 2018 And varying the scenarios in the stress test, that’s a tool that can be used. WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Cleveland Fed’s Loretta Mester," 13 July 2018 In the 1950s, treadmills were used primarily as a way for doctors to stress test their patients. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 The firms have also substantially increased their capital since the first stress tests led by the central bank in 2009, the Fed said. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte's big banks plan to boost their dividends, buy back more stock," 28 June 2018 From the Fitbit Charge HR to the iPhone 6, Brent's stress tests uncover compelling results that demonstrate why wearables with heart rate monitors win. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Indictment of Ex-Fitbit Employees Marks a Bigger Legal Shift," 23 June 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of stress test

: a test to show how strong something is; especially : a medical test to show how strong and healthy your heart is during a period of exercise

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Medical Definition of stress test 

: an electrocardiographic test of heart function before, during, and after a controlled period of increasingly strenuous exercise (as on a treadmill)

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