Notice consumer credit loans typically flatline during a recession and a little bit after. The one exception was the 2001 recession. While we haven't had a contraction like the current contraction in consumer credit, the decline is consistent with recession experience.
C and I loans either flatline or decrease after a recession. Recent experience is 100% in line with historical patterns.
The point of these charts is simple: during and after a recession credit demand drops. The reason is really simple. People borrow less money when the future is uncertain.
As demonstrated in the latest senior loan survey lending terms are getting easier; banks are trying to make loans. My guess is the terms are still harder than they were at the height of the "if you have a pulse you can get a loan" phase of the last expansion. But the point is business and consumer borrowers are decreasing their loan appetite at the macro-level.
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The Bonddad Economic History Project
At the beginning of 2012, I decided to start looking at the actual, statistical history of the US economy starting in 1950. The reason is simple: to find out what really happened. So, when you see title of a post that begins with a year such as 1957, followed by "employment" or "Fed policy: you know what it's for. You can also access the information by typing in BE for Bonddad econ and a year to find information on a particular year.
Here is a link to pages that contain links to all the posts on the years listed.