The administration may go public with some of its "stress test" results, which diagnose how well the country's 19 biggest banks will weather the financial crisis, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal. The administration has so far been treating all banks equally, but the stronger banks could soon be repaying government cash, revealing which institutions are weakest.
Federal officials believe disclosing some information from the test results across the board will prevent stronger banks—such as Goldman Sachs, which yesterday signaled it was preparing to repay TARP funds—from gaining an unfair advantage by selectively disclosing information. However, some fear the effect the publicized test results could have on troubled banks. "You can create a run on a bank pretty quickly," noted one analyst.