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Government Shutdown Negatively Impacts Small Business Lending Index

October 09, 2013, 07:02 AM
Filed Under: Economic Commentary

Small business loan approvals at big banks ($10 billion+ in assets) dipped slightly to 17.5% in September from an Index high of 17.6% in August 2013, according to the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a monthly analysis of 1,000 loan applications on Additionally, small banks loan approval rates dropped to 50.1% from 50.7% in August.

"Banks were aggressive in small business lending during the first half of September and were on a path to another record month of approvals. However, as the anxiety over the government shutdown began to rise, lending slowed, which accounts for the stagnation in the Index," said Biz2Credit CEO, Rohit Arora who oversaw the research. "We expect the government shutdown to impact the figures negatively in the coming month, and the debt ceiling debate could cripple small business lending even further."
"A major chunk of small business lending under the SBA and conventional loan programs requires verification of transcripts by the IRS. This has halted, and there will be a backlog of SBA loans once the impasse has settled," continued Arora, one of the nation's top experts in small business finance. "Cutting off small business borrowing takes the oxygen away from small businesses, which create the lion's share of private sector jobs in America. This bad news comes at a fragile time in the economic recovery following the Great Recession."
Meanwhile, credit union lending improved slightly to 45.4% from 45.3% last month. It is the third consecutive month of increases for credit unions after more than a year of steady declines. Alternative lender approvals of small business loans rose one-tenth of a percent to 63.2% from 63.1% in August.
To view the historic chart of the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, click here.

Biz2Credit analyzed loan requests ranging from $25,000 to $3 million from companies in business more than two years with an average credit score above 680. Unlike other surveys, the results are based on primary data submitted by more than 1,000 small business owners who applied for funding on Biz2Credit’s online lending platform, which connects business borrowers with more than 1,200 lenders nationwide.

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