(WSJ) The Federal Reserve Wrestles With How Best to Bridge U.S. Credit Divide

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The U.S. recovery is hobbled by an economic divide that separates Americans not by income or wealth but by their access to credit....

Last year, nearly 90% of all new mortgages originated went to households with high credit scores; before the financial crisis, it was about half, according to Moody's Analytics and Equifax Inc., a credit monitoring service.

Shrunken access among credit have-nots is triggering more than personal plight. It has weakened the influence of the Fed—one of the best hopes for spurring stronger economic growth—and raised doubts within the central bank about whether it is doing much to reduce unemployment.

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchHistory* Economics, PoliticsEconomyPersonal FinanceThe Banking System/SectorThe Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--The U.S. GovernmentFederal Reserve

Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. AnglicanFirst wrote:

Wait a second!

Haven’t we been down this ideological path before?

June 19, 8:23 am | [comment link]
2. Tomb01 wrote:

Gosh, what a surprise, only people with good credit can get home loans!  What is happening to this country!  Someone tell the President so he can fix that…..

June 20, 9:15 am | [comment link]
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