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Bank Tightening Lending Raises the risk of recession

The Federal Reserve's latest survey of banks' senior loan officers showed that a large majority of the 76 U.S. and foreign-based respondents clamped down on lending in the past three months amid mounting losses and concern about the nation's economy. Also, separate reports showed manufacturing activity slowed, and construction spending fell. It means the downturn is likely to be deep and will last longer.

According to the Fed survey, 95% of banks in the U.S. said they tightened price terms on commercial and industrial loans to large and midsize firms in the past three months. A total of 85% tightened lending standards, compared with 60% in the previous three-month period, which ended in July.

RewinAnder Research: Bank Tightening Lending Raises the risk of recession

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