Financial Regulation and Bank Lending

The current market perspective is that banks aren’t lending because of regulatory constraints; President Donald Trump even says that many of his friends in the business world would like to borrow money but can’t because of regulatory restrictions; while market statistics show that banks are lending and have been doing so at an increasingly higher rate, it is true that there are constraints; however insight from the New York Times suggests that efforts to deregulate could be futile and that with lower capital requirements banks would instead prefer to use capital for increasing dividends and stock buybacks.  Source