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What The Downgrade Means For Small-Business Lending (Wall Street Journal)



Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve announced plans to keep interest rates near zero for at least the next two years. That’s good news for banks – but less assuring for small-business owners....

“It’s more about the overall climate,” says Kristie Arslan, president and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed, a trade group in Washington, D.C. “Banks will be more cautious about their lending because of the downgrade. If you have so-so or average credit, the downgrade will make it more difficult for you to get loans and you will likely have to pay higher interest rates.”

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