WASHINGTON - To match more lenient state standards, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Friday proposed easing the limit on how much a national bank may lend to one borrower.

The current limit - 15% of capital - would be raised to 25% for national banks operating in the 36 states with looser standards. During a three-year pilot program, the easing would apply only to residential real estate loans and small-business borrowers.

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