Don’t Give Up On the Main Street Lending Program Just Yet

By all accounts, the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program for small and medium-size businesses (SMB) has not been the type of rescue program many anticipated. Launched in April, the program did not make its first loan until July.  The Main Street program has suffered from comparison with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), even though […]

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Is Small-Business Lending Slipping Away from Large Banks?

COVID-19 changed the stakes in small-business lending: While the top four banks provided 36% of small-business loans before the pandemic,  they disbursed a scant 3% in the first round of the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). As large banks fumbled their PPP response, fintechs and smaller lenders stepped in to fill the gap. Online […]

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