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The Evolution of Small Business Lending – Online and Mobile

Posted by Patrick True

Jul 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

 

The dynamics of small business lending have been changing rapidly over the past ten years. Born initially from the fintech lender movement, small business owners are now turning to online loan origination processes in greater numbers. Why? Having forged their expectations as consumers of personal loan and mortgage solutions in the early 2000s, these consumers-turned-business-owners now demand those same efficiencies in the enterprise arena.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

Why Banks Should Care More about Small-to-Midsize Businesses

Posted by Susan Griffin

Jun 30, 2017 10:00:00 AM

 

The small-to-midsize business (SMB) lending market has grown considerably over the past year, and many industry analysts believe this trend will continue through 2018. A growth rate of over 18% is predicted! So where is the potential growth coming from and why does it matter?

SMB Optimism and Loan Growth

The predicted growth in the SMB market is most likely due to the optimism experienced by small businesses following the presidential election. The National Federation of Independent Businesses has measured SMB optimism at historically high levels over the past six months.

That optimism is also reflected in the statistics we see from surveys of middle market and large market businesses. It is hoped that easements in credit standards at lending institutions will continue as they have since 2011, and the economy will begin to trend upward with the passing of tax and trade reform.

If the reforms promised by the new administration come to fruition, lenders can assume that small businesses will be looking to expand. This will result in a need for capital, and trigger a large demand for loans.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

Healthcare Lending… Thinking Beyond the Doctor’s Office

Posted by Scott Brown

Jun 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

As financial institutions look for ways to expand their commercial lending portfolios and attract valuable relationships, there are many opportunities out there for consideration. Possibly none add more value across multiple channels than healthcare banking. The healthcare industry is a $2 trillion market that represents 18% of our GDP and is growing. Banking opportunities abound. Healthcare relationships bring in core deposits, have a strong need for treasury management services, are typically sound credit risks, and drive wealth management opportunities.

Attracting healthcare relationships starts with having a viable healthcare loan platform. Just what is healthcare lending, though? 

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Topics: Commercial Lending

Digital Marketing Trends: A Primer for Financial Brands

Posted by Chelsea Fisher

Jun 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

As a marketer working in the financial sector, I know as well as you that our approach to marketing must be nimble if it’s going to keep up with product innovations, disruptive technologies, and the ever-changing demands of customers. It’s a daily battle to stay current!

That’s why I recently attended a marketing conference heavily focused on digital marketing. The event brought together some of the sharpest, most creative minds in the business to provide inspiration and practical advice. It was information too good not to share.

So, here are my takeaways from the conference, a primer on the latest digital marketing trends, fully applicable to the financial space.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

The Bank – Business Disconnect ... What is Your Application Process Saying to Borrowers?

Posted by Corey Jaeger

May 19, 2017 11:00:00 AM

In today’s highly-connected, technological landscape, you probably think your financial institution is already providing everything that small business owners are looking for. Right? I mean, when you consider the incredible innovations in recent years, there can’t possibly still be gaps.

Well, the data is telling us otherwise.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

Unraveling the Mysterious Risk of Healthcare Lending

Posted by Richard Owens

May 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (cms.gov), national health spending is expected to grow at an average of 5.6 percent per year from 2016-25 and 4.7 percent per year on a per capita basis. The projected growth rates are 1.2 percentage points faster than Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per year over that same period. As a result, healthcare’s share of GDP is expected to rise from an already high 17.8 percent in 2015 to a staggering 19.9 percent by 2025.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

Not All Lines of Credit Are Created Equal

Posted by Patrick True

Apr 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Revolving lines of credit to small businesses help fulfill a critical need for cash flow. They bridge the gap between the time services are completed or goods are shipped and the time payment is made for the resulting invoices. For most small business owners, this time gap can be challenging, especially since it is unpredictable and can leave the business at the mercy of its customers. For small businesses in the U.S., this time gap averages 50 days, although it varies by industry. Filling the gap with predictable cash flow is a critical requirement for businesses that are growing, as well as businesses that have opportunities for quick-pay and volume discounts.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

The 20th Anniversary of “The Five Keys to Accounts Receivable Financing”

Posted by Patrick True

Apr 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Twenty years have passed since Paul Sims and I published an article in the Journal of Lending and Credit Risk Management (now the RMA Journal) entitled “The Five Keys to Depending on Accounts Receivable as a Repayment Source.” It is hard to describe the amount of change we have seen in financial services during those 20 years, and the challenges institutions have faced. While almost everything about the commercial lending process has changed since 1997, from technology to borrower/lender communication, the five keys are still just as relevant today as ever.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

FinTech “Space Race” to Build a Fully-Integrated Commercial Lending Platform

Posted by Terry Renoux

Mar 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM

 

Conditions within the commercial lending sector during the past ten years have led financial institutions to seek greater efficiency throughout the loan fulfillment process. The demand for more integrated lending platforms is produced by three distinct market conditions:

  1. The rise of alternative third-party lenders since 2010.
  2. The need to increase production speed and reduce costs, in part due to the competitive pressures created by the new alternative lenders along with historically low net interest margins.
  3. The need for data integration to allow previously disparate systems to communicate with each other.

This third item, data integration, will make it much easier for institutions to manage risk and comply with upcoming changes to the loan loss recognition standards put forth by FASB.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

Develop a Strategy to Nurture Your Small Business Loan Declines

Posted by Charles McGeehan II

Mar 10, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Small business lending is poised for an interesting year in 2017. Small business confidence scores are riding on a 10-year high. Alternative lenders, including online, marketplace, and peer-to-peer, are becoming more active. Regulators are determining how the new “special purpose” charters will be structured. Now is the time for your institution to determine a strategy for living in a market that will likely see many more commercial credit applications. While this plan includes the loans you approve, it must also address how you will handle loan declines.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

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