Today's Wall Street Journal has an article entitled Credit Scare Spreads in U.S., Abroad that discusses how banks are making it even harder now for small and midsize businesses to obtain business loans.
This appears to be an exciting time for the merchant cash advance industry as it will potentially raise the credit criteria of the average applicant since borrowers who would normally goto a traditional lending source such as a bank for a business loan, may no longer be able to and will explore alternative financing solutions such as a merchant cash advance.
At AmeriMerchant, we have seen a huge increase in demand for our product over the past 60 - 90 days and I expect this trend to only increase. Merchant cash advance providers still need to make sure they are only providing working capital to those that truly qualify for it. I believe with the recent credit crunch, we will see more qualified applicants.
And for those that are keeping track, I predicted this back on my December 1st posting Merchant Cash Advance Industry Affected By The Subprime Mortgage Bust where I indicated:
The positive effect has been that we are also seeing some better quality applicants who in the past might have used traditional financing such as tapping into the equity in their home to help fund their business or a straight business loan from a bank. With the recent credit crunch and the decrease in real estate value in many areas of the country, many business owners are no longer able to use their home equity as a source of working capital for their business.