Monday, May 06, 2013

Fed Survey: Banks eased lending standards, "experienced stronger demand"

by Bill McBride on 5/06/2013 02:50:00 PM

From the Federal Reserve: The April 2013 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices

The April 2013 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices addressed changes in the supply of, and demand for, bank loans to businesses and households over the past three months. This summary is based on responses from 68 domestic banks and 21 U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks. In the April survey, domestic banks, on balance, reported having eased their lending standards and having experienced stronger demand in several loan categories over the past three months.

The survey results generally indicated that banks’ policies regarding lending to businesses eased over the past three months and demand increased, on balance. In particular, a relatively large fraction of domestic respondents reported having eased standards on C&I loans, and moderate to large net fractions of such respondents reportedly eased many terms on C&I loans to firms of all sizes. ...

On the household side, the survey results were more mixed. On balance, a few domestic banks reported having eased standards on prime residential mortgages over the past three months. For the fifth consecutive survey, respondents reported that demand for prime residential mortgage loans had strengthened on net. A small net fraction of respondents reported that they had eased standards on credit card and auto loans over the past three months, while standards on other consumer loans had remained about unchanged. On balance, banks reported having eased selected terms on auto loans, but terms on credit card and other consumer loans were reportedly little changed. emphasis added
In general this survey indicates lending standards are still tight, but some banks are loosening a little - and there is also increasing demand for certain loans. Here are some graphs from the Fed of lending standards and loan demand over time for various categories.

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