Items Tagged with 'Kansas City Fed'


KC Fed: Fewer New Loans to Farmers

Fewer new loans to farmers continued to drive a pullback in agricultural lending activity. A historically low number of new loans contributed to an increase in average loan size and drove a slight decrease in the overall volume of non-real estate loans at commercial banks in the fourth quarter.
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March Beige Book: Mixed Conditions, Worries Over Coronavirus

The March 2020 Beige Book, released by the Federal Reserve System, included conditions impacting agriculture throughout the country. In this edition, mixed conditions were reported across the districts, including falling corn and soybean prices, decreased capital spending and worries about the potential impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Rising Interest Rates, Repayment Issues Contribute to Dip in Farm Economy

Quarterly reports on surveys of bankers in three Midwestern Federal Reserve Bank districts indicate that rising interest rates and low commodity prices may impact farmers’ decisions on making larger, long-term investments in the near future. Farm equipment dealers should take note of this trend, as higher interest rates for farmers mean they will be less willing, or able, to take out a loan for capital expenditures.
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