Justin Ho



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Overdraft fees are hitting vulnerable communities the hardest

Jun 4, 2020
The fees can drive many out of the banking system entirely, experts say.
A man withdraws cash at a New York ATM in March. Banks charged over $11 billion on overdraft fees in 2019.
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Federal Reserve loan program targets mid-size businesses

Jun 3, 2020
The loans will be bigger than those from the Paycheck Protection Program — and they can't be forgiven.
A worker restocks groceries at a supermarket in Brooklyn in March. The Main Street Lending Program offers loans that would likely be hard for businesses like grocers or cafes to pay back.
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Companies are borrowing like crazy, even though their incomes are down

May 28, 2020
For some, borrowing's a lifeline. For others, it's a bargain.
A Hertz car-rental office in New York. The company filed for bankruptcy after amassing $19 billion in debt.
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As Congress weighs easing PPP rules, small businesses like what they hear

May 27, 2020
Among the proposed changes: more time to spend and pay back the funds, fewer restrictions on how to use it
A shuttered New York City business district in mid-May. Some of the rules that make the PPP confusing for businesses may change.
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Eight weeks in, businesses face hard choices over PPP loans

May 22, 2020
The federal relief loans can be forgiven if businesses spend 75% on payroll within eight weeks. For some businesses, that's a problem.
A bar in New York sells cocktails to go in March. Small businesses are still struggling eight weeks after the CARES Act became law.
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Gas prices are low ahead of Memorial Day. But will people travel?

May 22, 2020
Travel could fall to record lows this holiday weekend, despite some of the cheapest gas in nearly two decades.
Gas prices heading into the Memorial Day weekend are at their lowest levels in nearly two decades.
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Citi plans to buy PPP loans from minority-owned lenders

May 21, 2020
The arrangement would allow minority-owned lenders to take PPP loans off of their balance sheets.
Citi says it will purchase $50 million in loans from minority-owned lenders.
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SBA says PPP loans are getting smaller in the second round of lending

May 20, 2020
Business advocates say that's a sign smaller businesses are finally getting the loans they applied for.
The SBA's changes for the latest round of lending appear to be helping smaller businesses.
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Treasury offers new guidance on PPP loan forgiveness

May 19, 2020
The new application form for the forgiveness program offers some clarification on significant points.
The new guidelines mean businesses can bring back fewer employees and still meet the Treasury’s forgiveness requirements.
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Curbside pickup, delivery poised to boost Walmart sales

May 18, 2020
Walmart reports earnings this week, and is expected to show big gains in e-commerce amid the pandemic.
An employee restocks a shelf at an Ohio Walmart. Employees shop for customers for the chain's popular curbside pickup option.
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