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Professor Johannes Stroebel's research finds that lower-priced capital has not resulted in increased lending to borrowers with low FICO scores

Excerpt from Politico -- "Households with the lowest FICO scores had the highest willingness to borrow. Despite lower-cost capital, banks were reluctant to lend to these potential borrowers. The authors estimate that a one percentage point reduction in the costs of funds for banks raises optimal credit limits by only $127 for consumers with low FICO scores. … A bank’s propensity to lend is negatively correlated with a household’s propensity to borrow (i.e., the more likely a household is to borrow, the less likely a bank is to grant additional credit)."

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