Deputy Head of ResearchThe Clearing House Association
When one considers the available data on bank lending, there is a lot more to the story. The solid loan growth at commercial banks in recent years has been concentrated in some of the sectors that appear least in need of credit.
Critics of Dodd-Frank argue that post-crisis regulations put a damper on lending. But loan growth at regional and community banks has "actually been very strong," says Joo-Yung Lee, head of North American financial institutions at Fitch Ratings.
Corporate borrowers aren’t ready just yet to pull the trigger on multimillion-dollar loans to buy fleets of trucks or scads of new inventory despite excitement about a more business-friendly Washington, lenders cautioned.