Credit Standards, Loan Covenants, and Rate Spreads Eased in Q2
As banks saw increased competition for commercial & industrial lending, credit standards began to ease in the second quarter, according to the Federal Reserve. Of the senior loan officers surveyed in July, 12.5% indicated a relative easing of credit on large and middle-market borrowers (revenues in excess of $50 million), and 14.5% indicated a relative easing of credit for smaller firms, the first time credit standards have eased for small firms since 2006.
Bernanke Sees `Reasons for Optimism’ on Bank Lending (Bloomberg)
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, speaking this morning at an event in Chicago, said “Although bank credit remains tight, I see some reasons for optimism. The economy is recovering, and banks’ senior loan officers expect a “modest reduction in their troubled loans” over the next year, outside of commercial real estate.”