BANKTHINK

Wednesday, February 29

Receiving Wide Coverage ...

The Loan Arrangers: Happy days are here again. Sort of. After a string of quarters pulling back from risk, banks are finally signaling the time is right to grow again.

That's the positive read on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s fourth-quarter earnings report. The Quarterly Banking Profile showed that the banking industry enjoyed a $130 billion rise in lending growth, due largely to gains in business loan demand. On the downside: The lending…

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