SME Optimism Teeters — Should The US Be Worried?

U.S. small businesses are feeling pretty good right now. The latest research from Capital One found half of small businesses in the country feel either “good” or “excellent” about current business conditions — a 9 percent increase from a year ago — and the same portion also said they expect those conditions to improve in the next six months.

Meanwhile, data from Biz2Credit’s latest Small Business Lending Index, released last week, found small business loan approval rates at small banks and institutional investors saw increases in March, with big bank approval rates holding steady.

But the Index also raised the issue of the federal interest rate and how another increase may make an impact on SMEs.

“The Fed’s recent announcement that it wants to start unwinding the $4.5 trillion in bonds on its balance sheets bodes well for banks,” stated Biz2Credit CEO Rohit Arora. “It signals that the economy is strong

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