The Federal Reserve recently released its quarterly Senior Loan Officer Survey. Broadly, the survey reported a net easing in commercial and industrial (C&I) and residential mortgage lending while commercial real estate (CRE) lending standards remained steady. The Fed also noted that net demand at domestic institutions for both C&I and CRE loans were little changed compared to the previous survey, while residential mortgage net demand remained lower.

The survey also reported that in terms of C&I lending to large and middle-market firms, nearly 16% of respondents had eased their standards in the past three months, while 3.5% of participants reported tightening. The net increase of 12% is just slightly higher than January's 11%.

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