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February 22, 2021

Lending Boom of Risky Corporate Debt

Investors’ near-insatiable demand for even the riskiest corporate debt is fueling a Wall Street lending boom, offering lifelines for struggling companies even as the coronavirus pandemic […]
February 19, 2021

Americans Left Banks Out of Borrowing Binge

Last year was a banner one for debt, but it didn’t look that way for big banks.  Large lenders saw their loan books shrink in 2020 […]
February 10, 2021

Mortgage Delinquencies Fall but Jobs Growth Necessary

While the number of distressed mortgages declined to a pandemic low in November, sustainable improvement won’t be made until the job market grows. “Forbearance and loan […]
October 1, 2020

Commercial Real Estate Sees Rise in Delinquencies, Defaults

Commercial real estate (CRE) loans in bank portfolios are showing stress related to the economic downturn and signs that some borrowers are already expecting to default […]
October 1, 2020

August New Business Volume Down 24%

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed their overall new business volume for August was $7.0 billion, down 24% […]
September 10, 2020

Consumer Confidence Falls to 6-Year Low

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index fell to its lowest level since 2014 in August.  This is likely due to a combination of increased COVID-19 cases […]
September 10, 2020

The Scramble to Stop Pandemic Loan Fraud

Banks filed an abnormally high number of reports of suspected business loan fraud in July, according to government data analyzed by the Project On Government Oversight […]
June 8, 2020

Economy Will Improve but Remain Distressed

Following April’s record one-month decline, consumer confidence inched upward in May by an insignificant amount, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The Sentiment […]
June 8, 2020

The US Economy is in a Recession

Today, the National Bureau of Economic Research said the U.S. economy peaked in February, ending the longest expansion in U.S. history at 128 months, or about […]