As cities across the United States begin to come out from a state of quarantine, businesses are reopening. Due to businesses restricting or halting commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic, catching up on revenue is a top priority. However, business recovery will be challenging without a way to ensure strong cash flow and fast access to capital.
Lenders Are Tightening Requirements
As the economy contracted during the pandemic, lenders started tightening their requirements for loans. The minimums for both collateral and credit ratings increased, while the amount offered for loans decreased. This trend is expected to continue through the business recovery period, as lenders attempt to minimize their own risk and place most of the burden on the borrowers. At the same time, businesses need access to working capital to get back up and running, but taking on extra debt to accomplish is not a desired course of action.