WASHINGTON - The American Bankers Association on Monday unveiled a steering group to help community bankers find more sources of lendable funds.

At the ABA Community Bankers Council meeting here, most participants said they are experiencing high loan demand but attracting few new deposits to fund additional lending. The council reported that loans have grown twice as fast as the rate of deposits since 1995, and that deposits have lagged behind demand for credit since 1997.

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