Statement to Congress, May 8, 1991 (availability of credit)
The outlook for New England banking
Resilience has historically characterized the New England region, and the past year has exemplified that long-standing quality. Coming out of the worst regional recession since the Great Depression has been slow and painful, and the lives of many of our neighbors have been disrupted along the way. Fortunately, by the end of 1992 there were signs that the economic decline in New England was nearing the bottom.
The procyclical application of bank capital requirements
Capital requirements have long been considered important to bank safety and the protection of the federal deposit insurance fund. But widespread banking problems and heavy losses to the deposit insurance fund have intensified the focus on capital. Supervisory agencies have become even more rigorous in applying and enforcing capital standards, imposing higher requirements on damaged banks. Furthermore, capital requirements have taken on greater significance as a result of a key provision of the recently enacted banking legislation, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of ...
One view of what the future holds for New England
After a decade of truly remarkable growth, the New England economy has weakened. Employment fell in 1989 and the unemployment rate increased. Further weakening seems to have occurred in the early months of 1990. New England continues to compare favorably with the nation according to such common indicators as the unemployment rate and per capita income, but recent developments suggest that the region is returning to a more normal relationship with the rest of the country. This transition is proving to be quite painful for some sectors of the economy, resulting in a high degree of confusion and ...
Are we experiencing a credit crunch?
In his statement before the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy of the Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs on the availability of credit, Bank President Richard F. Syron discusses the "credit crunch." He describes how developments in the financial and real sectors of the economy led to restricted credit availability, and why the situation has become particularly acute in New England. ; Mr. Syron concludes by considering the outlook for the future, cautioning against making the 1990s a period of excessive credit contraction, a mirror image of the mid 1980s when ...