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Small Business Recovery Index (SBRI): February 2021 Update

The U.S. economy is set up for a healthy recovery this spring after a February surge in hiring at restaurants and other hospitality businesses. While employment and payrolls remain off from pre-pandemic levels in several hard-hit services and leisure industries,…

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Introducing the Small Business Recovery Index

Last month marked the end of a seven-month run of job market gains. Even with the recent gains, more jobs have been lost — nearly 11 million — than were cut in the wake of the 2008-09 Financial Crisis, where…

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The average American’s FICO score rose to 710 in 2020. Here’s what FICO scores aren’t telling you

The average FICO score of an American consumer rose to 710 in 2020, an all-time high. At first glance, this number defies intuition. Are consumers better qualified than ever to take on additional debt? If so, why did 71.7% of…

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PPP Loan Forgiveness

  The SBA announced PPP changes, here’s what lenders need to do.    As lockdowns hit America, the Paycheck Protection Program spun into action to protect jobs, as the name suggests. In doing so, it created the largest lending program…

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The Future of CX: How companies can step up their customer experiences. Perspectives from Brex, Plaid, Stage 2 Capital, & Ocrolus

Four fintech and small business funding experts came together on October 15 to discuss the future of customer experience and how their companies are adapting in realtime. Hundreds of attendees joined the virtual roundtable to learn how leading fintechs are…

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Lending After Lockdown: How Small Businesses Can Improve Their Creditworthiness: Perspectives from Lendio, Cross River Bank, Kapitus and Ocrolus

Five fintech and small business funding experts came together on August 11 to discuss the future of small business lending post-Covid. Hundreds of  attendees joined the virtual roundtable to learn how agile lenders are setting new standards for small business…

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Consumers, Cars & Credit: The Auto Loan Market Reveals Underlying Trends in Consumer Lending

Cars and credit are two of my favorite topics. Last week, I spoke to Ed Garsten at Forbes to share thoughts on tightening underwriting standards in auto finance, along with the deeper trends driving evolution in consumer credit more broadly. …

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New Tutorial Video: Intro to Ocrolus Analytics

The magic of Ocrolus is that our platform combines artificial intelligence and crowdsourced review to analyze financial documents with 99+% accuracy and automatically deliver a robust set of 75+ analytics via web-app or API. When it comes to making the…

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10 Data Visualizations About The Paycheck Protection Program

Velocity of LendingOver $500 billion of funds have been disbursed in only a couple months.  This is particularly massive, considering that the SBA lent $28 billion in all of 2019.  As we can see in this graph, the program experienced…

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Data, Duration and Detail: The New Analytics for Small Business Lending

As cities, states, and the nation reopen, small business’ access to capital will be a critical ingredient in recovery.  The colossal pandemic of COVID-19 has had a wide-ranging impact on public health, civil society, and the economy.   In the…

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