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Q: Do “niche institutions” qualify as limited purpose (or wholesale) institutions?
A3. Generally, no. Institutions that are in the business of lending to the public, but specialize in certain types of retail loans (for example, home mortgage or small business loans) to certain types of borrowers (for example, to high-end income level customers or to corporations or partnerships of licensed professional practitioners) (“niche institutions”) generally would not qualify as limited purpose (or wholesale) institutions.
Source: Interagency Questions & Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment | July 2016