Wisconsin banks continue to be in a strong position to meet the credit needs of their customers as we close out 2022. At the same time, despite inflationary pressures, the latest numbers released by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) show that consumers continue to exhibit strong balance sheets as loan defaults remain at historic lows. With interest rates rising, banks’ profitability has increased to a net interest margin of 3.19% in the third quarter of 2022. All categories of lending have seen increases quarter over quarter and year over yearConsumers look to banks as trusted places to keep their money, resulting in deposit balances holding strong.

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