Fair-Lending Focus on Small Business
American Banker (11/01/00) Vol. 140, No. 43 p.5; Blackwell, Rob

According to federal regulators, bank and thrift examiners will most likely pay more attention to fair-lending issues involving small businesses owned by women and minorities in the coming year. Complaints from minorities regarding difficulty in obtaining loans have increased steadily over the last few years. Although regulators maintain that evidence of such discrimination is questionable, federal agencies will nevertheless be paying close attention to banks and thrifts.

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