The Fed: Banks expect to make corporate loans easier to get, Fed survey finds

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Pedestrians are reflected in a window as they walk by a sign displaying mortgage rates inside a Bank of America in San Francisco, California.

Loan standards to commercial and industrial firms are expected to loosen this year, the Federal Reserve said Monday in its senior loan officer survey.

But the commercial real-estate sector is another story, as real-estate loans are likely to be tougher to get this year.

This tightening of standards in commercial real estate is already underway, the survey found. Banks continued to tighten standards in the sector in the fourth quarter as they did in the third quarter.

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