WASHINGTON - While most-favored hedge funds and trading REITs got somewhat better terms in the last three months, overall bank lending terms have remained "generally stable" since the beginning of the year, the Federal Reserve reported Monday.

About a fifth of the 22 respondents indicated somewhat of an increase in the posting of collateral other than cash and U.S. Treasury securities, the survey suggested. But any changes in routine credit provision were only at the margins with important categories "basically unchanged."

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