Business loans offer clues to where the economy is recovering

Sep 9, 2022
That's one takeaway from the latest Beige Book, a snapshot of the economy from the 12 Federal Reserve banks around the country.
Some regional Federal Reserve bank districts reported slowed lending in commercial real estate.
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Banks are preparing for more loans to go bad as interest rates rise

Aug 8, 2022
They're setting aside more cash to cover delinquencies and taking closer looks at prospective borrowers.
Consumers are saving less and using credit cards more as prices and interest rates rise. Above, a person on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange watches TV screens on July 27, after the Federal Reserve raised the benchmark interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point.
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Lending is strong as borrowers tap their credit

Jul 18, 2022
Banks are reporting increased lending to both consumers and businesses.
People have been spending more on their credit cards, and some are using buy-now, pay-later services, says Andrew Davidson with Comperemedia.
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Banks are pushing more business loans. Some business owners aren’t sure they want them.

Apr 27, 2022
In the words of one business owner: "Why would I want to go into any type of expansion?"
Though commercial lending is starting to pick back up, some small businesses still have cash on hand from government relief programs.
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Commercial lending could rebound this year

Jan 14, 2022
Business lending has been sluggish throughout the pandemic. But there are signs that commercial lending is starting to pick up again.
Some businesses are currently taking advantage of low interest rates for loans.
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Businesses are taking out fewer bank loans

Aug 14, 2020
It could be a sign that businesses are holding back and that banks are worried about future defaults.
A view of the New York Stock Exchange in 2018.
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Netflix to borrow an additional $2 billion to fund new shows

Oct 24, 2018
The streaming service has already borrowed more than $8 billion to fund original programming. Can it keep borrowing?
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings delivers a keynote address at CES 2016 at the Venetian Las Vegas.
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Netflix to borrow an additional $2 billion to fund new shows

Oct 24, 2018
The streaming service has already borrowed more than $8 billion to fund original programming. Can it keep borrowing?
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings delivers a keynote address at CES 2016 at the Venetian Las Vegas.
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The mystery behind slowing business borrowing

Jan 3, 2018
The amount companies borrow from banks can be an important economic indicator. That’s money those companies might use to buy new equipment or purchase more stuff to sell, or to expand their business or be more productive. And yet, despite a strong economy, last year the rate of business-loan growth slowed. To be clear, it’s […]