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Saturday, July 1, 2000

Business Credit Brochure Available

The Fed has reissued its brochure, A Guide to Business Credit for Women, Minorities and Small Businesses. In addition to information on the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the guide explains the application process for small-business loans and what steps an applicant may take if a loan is denied.

The first 100 copies are available at no cost. To order, submit a request to Publications Services, Mail Stop 127, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551. The brochure is also available on the Board's web site at

Computer Program Helps Consumers Learn about Vehicle Leasing

A new computer program designed to help consumers learn more about vehicle leasing is now available via the Board's web site. "Keys to Vehicle Leasing: A Consumer Resource" answers common questions about leases, including:

  • How is leasing different from buying?
  • What are the upfront, ongoing and end-of-lease costs?
  • How do you compare lease offers and negotiate terms?

The program also offers information on the Consumer Leasing Act and Regulation M, and features a glossary, quiz and list of frequently asked questions.

To download the program, visit and select "Program to Download."