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Ag Banks Make Adjustments as Lending Remains Elevated

By Cortney Cowley and Ty Kreitman
April 18, 2019 | Ag Finance Databook
Demand for agricultural credit remained high and loan volumes continued to increase in the first quarter of 2019.

Small business lending remains stable in fourth quarter

By Christi May-Oder, Assistant Vice President and Tony Walker, Statistics Manager*
March 25, 2019 | Small Business Lending Survey
U.S. small business commercial and industrial (C&I) lending increased on a year-over-year basis. The growth was driven by large banks. Most of the 121 respondents to the Federal Reserve’s Small Business Lending Survey (FR 2028D) indicated that conditions for small business lending remained stable in the fourth quarter. Survey respondents reported that demand for small business loans and credit quality remained relatively unchanged. Additionally, respondents indicated some tightening of lending terms, although credit standards remained stable.

Speaking for Herself: Changing Gender Roles in Survey Response

By Sabrina Minhas and Amy Oksol
February 28, 2019 | Research Working Paper
Female respondents to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics have increased over time, revealing potential issues with historic data quality.

As Rates Tick Up, Growth in Operating Loans Boosts Farm Lending

By Nathan Kauffman and Ty Kreitman
January 17, 2019 | Ag Finance Databook
The volume of non-real estate farm debt continued to increase in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Forecasting Foreign Economic Growth Using Cross-Country Data

By Craig S. Hakkio and Jun Nie
December 26, 2018 | Research Working Paper
Forecasting foreign GDP growth using cross-country monthly data provides a timely measure of foreign demand.
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