Banks Plan to Keep Lending Tight

August 27, 2009

Source: Craig Torres, Bloomberg News

Banks tightened standards for all types of loans in the second quarter, the Federal Reserve reported Monday.

About 35 percent of senior loan officials said they tightened standards somewhat and none of the 51 responding banks said they loosened standards for prime mortgages. The rest said their standards for mortgages remained the same or were substantially stronger.

Banks also told the Fed that they expected to maintain strict lending standards until at least the second half of 2010.

"Most banks have woken up to the fact that there is a lot more risk in their loan books than they ever thought possible," says Joel Conn, president of Lakeshore Capital LLC in Birmingham, Ala. That has caused many banks to reconsider their requirements for future lending, Conn says.

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