On Tuesday, the FDIC released its Quarterly Banking Profile. Among other things, the data showed that the bank industry's loans-to-deposits ratio is at a historic low. In the video following the chart, Motley Fool contributor John Maxfield explains why this doesn't necessarily mean banks are lending less than ever before.

Source: FDIC's Quarterly Banking Profile.


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