Equity price growth rate ‘leading indicator’ of bank loans, French paper argues

The Banque de France

Observers and forecasters of the rate of loan issuance in their domestic banking sectors should pay close attention to the rate of growth of equity prices, according to a working paper published this month by the Banque de France.

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