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Have Stress Tests Impacted Small-Business Lending?

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The Federal Reserve conducts stress tests of the largest bank holding companies to ensure that the banking system has sufficient capital to stay financially sound in the event of worsening economic conditions. Some groups have raised concerns that the stress tests will reduce lending to small businesses. This article describes recent research investigating the impact of the stress tests on small-business lending. It finds that the banks that are most affected by stress tests have reduced their small-business credit, but aggregate credit to small businesses has not fallen.

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  • Yuliya Demyanyk, 2019. "Have Stress Tests Impacted Small-Business Lending?," Economic Commentary, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue November.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcec:00111
    DOI: 10.26509/frbc-ec-201919
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