Report to the Congress on the Availability of Credit to Small Businesses, September 2002

Abstract: This report is prepared in accordance with section 2227 of the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996, which requires that, every five years, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System submit a report to the Congress detailing the extent of small business lending by all creditors. The report discusses recent patterns in the flows and terms of business credit, credit use by small firms, and the sources of credit provided to small businesses, with an emphasis on the lending activities of commercial banks. The securitization of small business loans and community reinvestment activities are also discussed. From 1997 to 2002, the demand for credit by small businesses tracked the pattern of debt growth.

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Provider: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)

Part of Series: Reports and Studies

Publication Date: 2002-09