Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Fed's Rosengren: Pre-pandemic low rates worsened current downturn


Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren said the long period of low interest rates before the coronavirus pandemic is contributing to the depth of the current recession.


Small banks are dominating the Fed's Main Street Lending Program


With big banks largely shunning the program, small banks see an opening to grab more market share in commercial lending.


Demand for Fed's Main Street loan program is growing, Rosengren says


The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston said the central bank had acquired stakes in 32 business loans as of Monday, four times the amount from two weeks earlier.


Oversight panel questions value of Fed loan program for midsize firms


At its inaugural hearing, the committee appointed by lawmakers to oversee CARES Act implementation pressed for answers about why the Main Street Lending Program is off to such a slow start.


Lenders face quandary over offering Main Street loans to noncustomers


Many big banks say they will focus on existing customers in offering credit through the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending program for midsize businesses. Complex vetting and fear of being inundated are said to be among their concerns.