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Banks, small businesses working through post-recession blues

It’s true that small business lending has declined since the 2008 financial meltdown, but the most revealing reasons behind the trend are complex. Multiple factors have kept small businesses in a holding pattern, afraid to make any sudden changes. It’s the sluggish economy, the looming presidential election and rancorous political climate and the more stringent… Continue Reading Banks, small businesses working through post-recession blues

Banks launch effort to reverse image

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Colorado bankers have launched a campaign that attempts to reverse their image as the tight-fisted scrooge holding up the progress of small business. Continue Reading Banks launch effort to reverse image

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Colorado small businesses were loaned more money in 2011 through the U.S. Small Business Administration loan program than in years past. The state had record breaking numbers SBA backed loans in 2011, which follows a national trend of increasing SBA-backed lending. “Due to the Small Business Jobs Act and a return to pre-recession lending levels,… Continue Reading Colorado sees record lending to small businesses in SBA loan program

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New lending standards don’t lure small firms

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Banks loosened lending standards for small businesses over the past three months but demand for loans remained weak, the Federal Reserve said Monday. It marks the second time in nearly four years that banks have made loans easier for small businesses to obtain, according to the Fed’s new quarterly survey. The first breakthrough came in… Continue Reading New lending standards don’t lure small firms

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Are banks hoarding cash and refusing to make loans? A lot of business owners think so. So does the Obama administration, which claims banks are slowing the economic recovery by not lending as much as they could. Talk to the bankers themselves, however, and they’ll say the borrowers they’re seeing don’t qualify, that loan demand… Continue Reading Healthiest of banks fall short of lending benchmarks

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While commercial loans – especially for real estate development – have all but disappeared since the recession began, money still flows in some sectors. The greatest lending activity, however, isn’t aimed at large industrial or Class A office campuses. Instead it’s found in senior housing/healthcare projects. Cambridge Realty Capital Companies, a national lender with a… Continue Reading Golden years, golden loans

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Obama seeks to free frozen credit markets

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration launched a new effort Monday to end a paralysis in lending, saying it will team with investors to initially buy up to a trillion dollars of bad assets from banks that have been reluctant to make loans to consumers and companies. In announcing the program, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner… Continue Reading Obama seeks to free frozen credit markets

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Consumers and investors are anxious about the economy and the stock market, but loans are still being made and return on investment is still possible at Colorado banks, says the president of the Colorado Bankers Association. “Public perception is that there isn’t any credit available,” said CBA President Don Childears, “but banks chartered and headquartered in… Continue Reading Bankers Association president: don’t believe the hype, Colorado banks healthy

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