Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

The Community Reinvestment Act at 30 Years

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February 2009

Community Development Investment Review

Banks are in the business of financial intermediation—of bringing together those with capital and those who need capital. We do not build communities on our own, but it is fair to say that few communities in America are built—and none prospers—without banks playing their important role of putting savings to work. That is to say, our role is to help individuals and businesses build communities, of all sizes—and we compete vigorously among ourselves for the privilege. Drill down in a CRA Public Evaluation and you will read about how we compete across all income levels and all neighborhoods. Accordingly, we at the American Bankers Association (ABA) are pleased to share our views and observations on the operation of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).

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