Nation: Pinching the Pocketbook

The Federal Reserve's dramatic tightening of credit will in time hurt every consumer who wants—or needs—to borrow for any purpose, from paying medical bills to buying a house. Says Saul Klaman, president of the National Association of Mutual Savings Banks: "Those who need credit most will have the most difficulty getting it. That's the way it always is." As prices inevitably rise, says Charles Lehing, senior vice president of New York's Chemical Bank, the people who will have the most trouble will be those on fixed incomes. Adds Lehing: "Most of these people don't have enough disposable income to become eligible...

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