Monday, May 24, 2010

Bank lending update

It has been a while since I last discussed the decline in bank lending.  Total loans and leases continues to decline while bank's holdings of US Treasury securities continues to climb (Source: Federal Reserve, 2010-05-24)

You may notice the spike in loans and leases but don't get excited, this is due to FASB 166 & 167 requiring banks to bring off balance sheet items back into the sunlight.  This will screw up the year over year data for a while but even after this 'increase', lending is down year over year.  Annaly's blog has the details

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