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Toronto Dominion Bragged 1st Horizon Deal Was On Track Now Collapses Amid Protest

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SDNY / SOUTH BRONX, May 4 – Seemingly oblivious to US regulators stated desire to tighten up their merger review rules, specifically on fair lending, Toronto Dominion on February 28 announced a $13.4 billion proposal to buy First Horizon.

 Fair Finance Watch has been concerned by TD Bank's lending disparities for some time. Nationwide in 2020, TD Bank denied almost as many applications from African Americans (833) as it made in mortgage loans to African Americans (853). It was far more generous with white borrowers: 23,469 loans made, with only 9009 denials. 

 Fair Finance Watch immediately online noted that in New York State in 2020, TD Bank was even worse. It denied more mortgage applications from African Americans (255) that it made loans to African Americans in NYC (198). Again, TD Bank was far more generous with white borrowers in NYS: 3,558 loans made, with only 1714 denials. 

And now on May 4, 2023, TD Bank and First Horizon Bank announced the termination of their merger agreement, citing uncertainty about the timetable to obtain regulatory approvals

 Fair Finance Watch noted when TD bragged that the deal is "on track" and it is already integrating with First Horizon - without required regulatory approvals: "TD Bank Group said in a statement Wednesday [Nov 2], 'Teams at both TD and First Horizon are working together to ensure a seamless integration experience for our customers as we prepare to introduce First Horizon customers to TD Bank. We will provide more details on that when full regulatory approval is received.'"

  Shouldn't that have been IF approval is received? And how was it legal to be working together without merger approvals? Watch this site.

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