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Aug. 2, 2017

Richmond Fed Research Explores Surge in Commercial Real Estate Lending

The latest Economic Brief from the Richmond Fed suggests that some banks with high concentrations of commercial real estate (CRE) loans could be especially vulnerable to an economic downturn. In addition to holding high concentrations of CRE loans, banks potentially at risk exhibit rapid CRE loan growth and rely heavily on illiquid sources of funding, according to the brief.

The authors of the brief conclude, however, that banks’ overall risk exposures related to CRE lending do not appear to be as elevated as they were before the Great Recession.

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