Monday, May 6, 2013

April’s Federal Reserve Survey Reports Stronger Loan Demand

According to April’s Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices conducted by the Federal Reserve, domestic banks, on balance, reported having eased their lending standards and having experienced stronger demand in several loan categories over the past three months.

Tightening standards for prime mortgage loans decreased 7.8% and demand for the prime loans increased 39.1%. The subprime mortgage market still reported tightening. Both large and medium, as well as small firms said the C&I loan market tightening decrease by 19.1% and 23.1% respectively. Moreover, loan demand increased for both categories. Banks that eased their C&I lending policies generally cited increased competition for such loans as an important reason for having done so.

The survey is based on responses from 68 domestic banks and 21 U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks.

Read the Federal Reserve release.

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