A combination of low yields and loosening terms may be setting banks up for trouble in the event of an economic downturn, one of the nation's top credit ratings agencies said Monday.

Nearly two-thirds of banks with assets of more than $20 billion say they have lowered pricing on loans to large and middle-market businesses in recent months, while nearly half of lenders reported relaxing loan conditions, up from 30% in January, according to the Federal Reserve's latest survey of senior loan officers.

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