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Monday, November 09, 2009

Fed: Lending Standards Tighten, Loan Demand Weakens

by Calculated Risk on 11/09/2009 02:00:00 PM

From the Fed: The October 2009 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices

In the October survey, domestic banks indicated that they continued to tighten standards and terms over the past three months on all major types of loans to businesses and households. However, the net percentages of banks that tightened standards and terms for most loan categories continued to decline from the peaks reached late last year. The exceptions were prime residential mortgages and revolving home equity lines of credit, for which there were only small changes in the net fractions of banks that had tightened standards. A small net fraction of branches and agencies of foreign banks eased standards on C&I loans, whereas a significant net fraction continued to tighten standards on CRE loans. Demand for most major categories of loans at domestic banks reportedly continued to weaken, on balance, over the past three months.
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The banks are still tightening lending standards and demand continues to weaken.

And a special question on maturing CRE loans:
The October survey included a special question on the status of CRE loans on banks' books that, at the beginning of 2009, were scheduled to mature by September of this year. Among the domestic respondents that reported having such loans, about 75 percent indicated that they had extended more than one-fourth of maturing construction and land development loans, and 70 percent reported extending more than one-fourth of maturing loans secured by nonfarm nonresidential real estate. In contrast, only 15 to 20 percent of domestic banks reported that they had refinanced more than one-fourth of each of the two types of maturing CRE loans.
Extend and ... hope.