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IWSJI reader denied bank credit gets CU OK
NEW YORK (3/12/09)--A Wall Street Journal reader was denied a credit card by Bank of America, but was pre-approved for an auto loan after joining a credit union, according to a letter Wednesday. Morgan Myrmo of San Diego wrote in response to an op-ed by Bank of America CEO Kenneth D. Lewis titled “Some Myths About Banks.” Lewis said in his op-ed piece that it is not true that banks aren’t lending. Federal Reserve data shows “bank credit has actually increased over the course of this recession,” he said. Myrmo writes: “I was denied a credit card from his bank on March 2. I was a bit surprised since I have an Equifax credit score of 750 and a solid credit history. I wonder why the bank would not want to extend credit to a healthy borrower with no debt and taxable income of $50,000 per year. Perhaps the banks are in bigger trouble than we think. “After joining a local credit union I was pre-approved for an auto loan. I know where my deposits are now headed. Do you?” Myrmo added.
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