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Loan volume built on the turnaround that began in 2011. Business borrowing continued to lead the way, though momentum appeared to weaken as the year wore on. Meanwhile, other major loan categories notched gains for the first time in years, and mortgage production delivered large profits.
Lending Lags Securities Growth
Loan volume expanded in 2012, building on the resumption in growth that began in the second quarter the year prior. Increases in holdings of securities and cash continued to outpace lending, however.