Wisconsin bankers are split on what they think will happen to the state’s economy in 2019. 

The Wisconsin Bankers Association surveys the chief executive officers and presidents of banks around the state to see how they think the economy will perform.

Of the 99 respondents who contributed to the survey, WBA reports 54 percent expect the economy — which the association said was strong in 2018 — to remain the same in the next six months. About 21 percent of remaining respondents anticipate growth, and 25 percent of respondents said the economy would weaken.  

The bank officials predicted similar trends for lending demand in 2019. A majority of respondents expect demand to remain the same for business loans (63 percent), commercial real estate loans (52 percent) and residential real estate loans (62 percent). 

Read WBA's press release on the survey.

Read more in the Milwaukee Business Journal.