A Federal Reserve Board survey of senior loan officers on bank lending practices found that, over the last three months, credit standards for approving applications for commercial and industrial (C&I) loans or credit lines have eased in many cases. Of the 73 banks surveyed, many stated that they generally anticipated improvements in the performance of most loan types this year.

The survey found that credit standards had remained largely the same, with 89% of respondents saying standards remained unchanged for large and middle-market firm...

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