Small-business credit conditions are negative, the outlook depends on developments related to Covid-19
Q1 report findings
After only one quarter there is no doubt the theme of 2020 is the pandemic, Covid-19. Unrelated to the pandemic and subsequent shuttering of a swath of economies across the world, delinquencies rose in the first quarter. This was occurring as businesses reduced their borrowing. Lower borrowing will not have lasted long as government efforts to aid small businesses have taken the form of SBA lending. Nevertheless, 2020 will be a year of deteriorating performance and rising bankruptcies for small enterprises.
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