Now and then: The Evolution of Loan Quality for U.S. Banks

7 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2005

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Kevin J. Stiroh

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Christopher Metli

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract

Although loan quality in the U.S. banking industry deteriorated in recent years, a comparison with the banking crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s suggests that the industry is in a far better position today than it was a decade ago. The percentage of troubled loans is lower, loan quality problems are confined principally to large-bank commercial and industrial lending, and credit weakness is concentrated in a small number of borrower industries.

Keywords: loan quality, commercial banks

JEL Classification: G21

Suggested Citation

Stiroh, Kevin J. and Metli, Christopher, Now and then: The Evolution of Loan Quality for U.S. Banks. Current Issues in Economics and Finance. Vol. 9, No. 4, April 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=682641

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Christopher Metli

Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )

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New York, NY 10045
United States

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