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Tools of the Trade Series, Part Five - Financing Accounts Receivable

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Mar 22, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Non-employer businesses, 24 million strong here in the United States, are critically important to the nation’s economy, comprising 81% of all small businesses, employing 17% of the American workforce, and generating $1.2 trillion in annual sales.* But how are these businesses doing, really? The Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS), a national collaboration of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks, revealed last year that non-employer firms are performing positively overall… despite “notable financial challenges.”

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Topics: Commercial Lending, small business, financial services, Small Business Market, A/R finance, working capital finance, accounts receivable

Big Business in Small-Dollars

Posted by Mark Messick

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

 

Perhaps you saw the bulletin issued recently by the OCC encouraging financial institutions to make small-dollar, short-term, consumer loans.  I did and for me it points to a big hole in the traditional lending net that needs to be mended (and not by credit card offers).  While our topic today doesn’t deal with consumer lending outright, the bulletin reminded me of three great reasons why today’s financial institutions should consider offering small-dollar loans to businesses.

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Topics: Financial Services Industry, Commercial Lending, Credit Unions, small business, financial institution, banking, consumer, Small Business Market, loans, Loan Pricing

Taming the Monster on Your Desk

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Feb 09, 2018 @ 01:30 PM

According to a recent study by the RadiCadi Group, the average person receives 121 emails a day while sending 40 emails in the same time span. There is no doubt that more people are competing for our time each year. This can often lead to a sense of overwhelming stress in our workplace when we cannot seem to keep pace with the glut of information we face every day. 

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Topics: Commercial Lending, fintech, Information Technology, Data, Lending, Small Business Market

Pay No Attention to That Credit Officer Behind the Curtain

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 01:40 PM

As a risk manager for a company that licenses financial technology, you might assume that I would be a huge advocate for the latest and greatest algorithmic tools to automate small business lending decisions. Without a doubt, technology exists today to access enough information to make an informed decision regarding almost any form of commercial credit. That said, I am extremely cautious about such thinking. I believe strongly in the use of technology to enhance the credit decision process and create efficiencies. But I also believe there is a marked difference between automated credit decisions and credit decision automation. The first produces a credit decision based solely on data. The second uses data and enhanced workflows to facilitate credit decisions in an efficient manner, thus saving cost and increasing profitability. You must ask yourself a simple question. What is the smart credit decision? Simply put, it is the decision that is right for your institution.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, Lending, Small Business Market

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