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Financial Institution Letter

Interagency Statement on Meeting the Needs of Creditworthy Borrowers

Summary: The FDIC joined the other federal banking agencies in issuing the attached "Interagency Statement on Meeting the Needs of Creditworthy Borrowers" on November 12, 2008.


Several federal programs have recently been instituted to promote financial stability and mitigate the effects of current market conditions on insured depository institutions. These efforts are designed to improve the functioning of credit markets and strengthen capital in our financial system to improve banks' capacity to engage in prudent lending during these times of economic distress.

The agencies expect all banking organizations to fulfill their fundamental role in the economy as intermediaries of credit to businesses, consumers, and other creditworthy borrowers. Lending to creditworthy borrowers provides sustainable returns for the organization and is constructive for the economy as a whole.

The agencies urge all lenders and servicers to adopt systematic, proactive, and streamlined mortgage loan modification protocols and to review troubled loans using these protocols. Lenders and servicers should first determine whether a loan modification would enhance the net present value of the loan before proceeding to foreclosure, and they should ensure that loans currently in foreclosure have been subject to such analysis.

In implementing this Statement, the FDIC encourages institutions it supervises to:

  • lend prudently and responsibly to creditworthy borrowers;
  • work with borrowers to preserve homeownership and avoid preventable foreclosures;
  • adjust dividend policies to preserve capital and lending capacity; and
  • employ compensation structures that encourage prudent lending.


State nonmember institutions' adherence to these expectations will be reflected in examination ratings the FDIC assigns for purposes of assessing safety and soundness, their compliance with laws and regulations, and their performance in meeting the requirements of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).


FDIC-Supervised Institutions

Suggested Routing: 
Chief Executive Officer 
Senior Credit Officer

FDIC financial institution letters (FILs) may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at .

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Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 3501 Fairfax Drive, E-1002, Arlington, VA 22226.



Last Updated: November 12, 2008