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Stress Testing

A process, usually computerized, that evaluates an institution's reaction to different situations. Specifically, stress testing measures whether the institution has adequate capital and/or assets to respond effectively to various, adverse scenarios presented by the computer program. Stress testing became particularly important in the United States in the spring of 2009 when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner conducted a series on troubled American financial institutions to determine which were able to raise private capital and could therefore begin repaying TARP funds extended the previous year.
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They were in such haste and stress as they bore him that no one thought of drawing the spear from his thigh so as to let him walk uprightly.
It will be seen therefore that (1) emphatic stress and (2) alliteration are the basal principles of the system.
The gamekeeper was now relieved from his anxiety, and Mr Allworthy himself began to be concerned at Tom's sufferings: for besides that Mr Thwackum, being highly enraged that he was not able to make the boy say what he himself pleased, had carried his severity much beyond the good man's intention, this latter began now to suspect that the squire had been mistaken; which his extreme eagerness and anger seemed to make probable; and as for what the servants had said in confirmation of their master's account, he laid no great stress upon that.
In the midst of this growing and important stress the broker became suddenly aware of a high-rolled fringe of golden hair under a nodding canopy of velvet and ostrich tips, an imitation sealskin sacque and a string of beads as large as hickory nuts, ending near the floor with a silver heart.
As at the time I caught her arm when helping her below, so at any time I was quite prepared, should stress or rough handling befall her, to see her crumble away.
Proving is difficult to him; he layeth great stress on one's BELIEVING him.
You lay too much stress on your devotion for me to value it much," she responded in the same jesting tone, involuntarily listening to the sound of Vronsky's steps behind them.
I never met anybody personally concerned in this affair, the interest of which for us was, of course, not the bad weather but the extraordinary complication brought into the ship's life at a moment of exceptional stress by the human element below her deck.
Mr Quilp was certainly entertaining himself with vocal exercise, but it was rather a kind of chant than a song; being a monotonous repetition of one sentence in a very rapid manner, with a long stress upon the last word, which he swelled into a dismal roar.
Every time he came to this concluding word, and had exhausted all possible stress upon it, Quilp burst into a shriek of laughter, and began again.
Mahone counsels his audience with his special views about the harmful effects that stress in the workplace has on people.
At one end is a belief that stress is everywhere and, therefore, we should just get over it.