Thursday, October 9, 2008

Banks are lending by the bushel (2)

As I have pointed out before, banks keep on lending more and more money to the private sector. The whole problem about a credit freeze is centered on loans between and among financial entitities. Financial commercial paper continues to decline, but nonfinancial CP is expanding. This chart shows loans made by banks to small and medium sized businesses, and those are expanding at a fairly rapid clip: up 14% in the past year. Indeed, Total Loans and Leases of Commercial Banks rose in the latest reporting week to another record, all-time high of $7.049 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve.

Why are we only hearing the bad news and not the good news?

4 comments:

astroavocado said...

In the past week I have received 'pre-approved' business loan offers from Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Unsolicited, and with $100,000 unsecured lines of credit.

Gene Prescott said...

Bank of America and BB&T are renewing line of credit for mid-sized home builder without reducing limits or imposing additional covenants.

Scott Grannis said...

Get your good news here!

Lynn W said...

We are hearing the bad news rather than the good because it is to the Obama campaign's advantage that the news be bad, so the media reports it from that angle.