Small Business Lending

Fed Eases Lending Standards, but Small Businesses Don't Bite

The more lenient lending policies enacted by the Federal Reserve last month have so far failed to increase demand from small businesses, indicating that the federal government's attempts to spur the U.S. economy through more aggressive monetary policy may need more time to take effect.

A Swedish-Style Rebound? Not Likely for the U.S.

In Saturday's New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson profiled economist Ian Shepherdson, who's taking a more bullish stance. Namely, he sees the U.S. perhaps following Sweden's example of a sharp comeback after financial disaster. Here's why that's a bad call.

Treasury Announces $1.5 Billion Small Business Package

The Treasury Department announced a $1.5 billion lending package to boost small businesses at the state level. The money will be available to states that can demonstrate that they will generate $10 in new private lending for every dollar of federal funds they receive, Reuters said. This could create a package worth a total of $15 billion.

GOP Senators Block Small Business Bill

Senate Republicans blocked a final vote on a bill to provide aid for small businesses Thursday in the latest example of the GOP using procedural tactics to stymie President Barack Obama's election-year agenda. Each side accused the other of turning the issue into a political football.

Sam's Club Testing Small-Business Loan Program

Sam's Club and Superior Financial Group are testing an online program to offer loans of $5,000 to $25,000 to qualified members, Sam's Club said in a statement. Sam%u2019s Club and Superior Financial Group are testing an online program to offer loans of $5,000 to $25,000 to qualified members, Sam%u2019s Club said in a statement.