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Rising Interest Rates Are Creating Refinancing Headaches for Small Businesses

The recent rise in interest rates is resulting in large drops in property valuations, making it harder for small businesses to refinance their commercial real estate loans. This looming cloud is gathering even with a robust U.S. economy and regardless of whether the businesses’ underlying performance is strong. It is undeniable that as interest rates …

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How to Get an SBA Loan Approved Before the Looming Government Shutdown

Year-end is approaching, which means it’s time for businesses to start worrying about the prospect of another government shutdown. Sadly, it seems like this has become a perennial pain, reflecting worsening political dysfunction and animosity. Small businesses across the country are only just recovering from the record five-week government shutdown that began in December 2018. …

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Advisers welcome potential regulatory scrutiny of ESG investing

Investment advisers say regulatory scrutiny of socially responsible investing could provide a stronger foundation for a way of constructing portfolios that is becoming increasingly popular with clients. A recent Wall Street Journal report indicated that the Securities and Exchange Commission has launched examinations of funds that say they invest in companies that advance environmental, social …

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