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PayNet: Small Business Lending Rising, Signals Optimism for Economy

July 02, 2013, 07:02 AM
Filed Under: Economy

After stepping backward in the first quarter, small business investment jumped forward in the last two months. The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index increased to 115.1 in May, 2013 from a revised 108.1 in April, 2013 The index, which measures the amount of new commercial loans and leases granted to small businesses signals the first consistent growth in the small business economy in 2013. Small businesses make up half of GDP so there is opportunities for growth.

At least for now the slowdown story has been put on hold and the growing index is positive for GDP. Additionally, credit risk improved further as the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Delinquency Index (SBDI) declined to 1.20% in May, 2013 from 1.24% in April, 2013. The SBDI is an indicator of the future health of the U.S. economy. “These latest releases suggest small business expansion is quickening, we are in the low risk expansion phase of the business cycle and want to continue to stay in this cycle. It isn’t necessarily high growth, but at least it is growth,” says William Phelan, president of PayNet.

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