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Inaugural Quarterly Index Reveals Decline In Demand For Small Business Loans

In another sign that the economy is contracting, demand for capital from U.S. small businesses has dropped, according to an inaugural quarterly index report released today by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, based on a survey conducted in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. The report, which compared survey data from the first two quarters of ... Read More »

PERC releases new report, “The Credit Impacts on Low-Income Americans from Reporting Moderately Late Utility Payments”

In response to questions regarding the June 2012 release of the report, “A New Pathway to Financial Inclusion,” the Policy and Economic Research Council (PERC) released a follow-up report focusing on the impacts of reporting moderately late payments to (CRAs), also known as credit bureaus. “The Credit Impacts on Low-Income Americans from Reporting Moderately Late Utility Payments,” addresses the accusation ... Read More »

Financial Inclusion and Literacy: McGraw-Hill and Better Business Bureau Launch Free Personal Finance App for Military Families

The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), in partnership with Better Business Bureau (BBB), launched a free mobile app designed to help America’s military families make better personal decisions to ensure their financial independence.  The Military & Money App is the first financial educational app that provides service members and their spouses easy-to-use and practical money management tips, including tools to reduce ... Read More »

IFC (World Bank Group) Establishes the SME Finance Forum

The SME Finance Forum (SMEFF) is a part of the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion. SMEFF is a platform for sharing knowledge in small and medium enterprise finance, for promoting best practices, and for collecting data to help set standards in this field.   SMEFF has been created because improving financing for SMEs is critical for creating and sustaining jobs ... Read More »

BIIA at the Kuala Lumpur APEC Conference on Financial System Capacity Building and Financial Inclusion

BIIA was invited to attend the meeting of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) on May 22nd 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and participated in discussions on Financial System Capacity Building: Financial Inclusion. Financial inclusion is a very important tool in creating employment and poverty reduction efforts.  In the last decade microfinance institutions showed tremendous success in outreaching and serving ... Read More »