In 1998, the Syndicated Bank Loan market (defined as loans having more than two bank lenders) was a vast and cheap source of debt financing for U.S. corporations. This market was characterized by a large number of financial institutions that aggressively committed capital to debt issuers as a way to build market share and increase earnings.
Over the same time period, in a related lending market, asset-backed commercial paper, we see a huge quantity increase as shown in the "Asset-Backed Commercial Paper" graph. Did prices for these loans increase or decrease? Justify your answer using shifts in supply and demand curves.