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Bank Lending Continues to Slip

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On September 16, 2009 @ 11:33 am In Credit | Comments Disabled

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Via Zero Hedge [2] and naked capitalism [3], we see that bank lending is still heading in the wrong direction: Downwards. Its hard to see how a credit dependent economy can grow as credit contracts.

It was just yesterday that Tim Geithner was lying that banks are constantly increasing lending to consumers. Well, yet another lie refuted. Banks, and not just any banks, but those receiving government bail outs and subsidies, continued constricting lending in July, with total average loan balance outstanding declining by $54 billion from $4,295 billion to $4,241 billion, a 1.3% decline, following a 1.1% decline in June.

As for the reason why loan originations in July declined a whopping 10% after posting a 12.7% increase in June, the government simply noted that this was due to “decreased demand from borrowers.”


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[1] Image: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/BankLendingJuly.jpg

[2] Zero Hedge: http://www.zerohedge.com/article/bailout-recipient-banks-lending-drops-sixth-consecutive-month

[3] naked capitalism: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2009/09/lending-is-taking-a-dive-oh-my.html

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