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Design Considerations and Interesting Features of SME Support Programs

July 23, 2020
Over the past four months, governments have announced more than 700 programs to provide assistance to small- and medium-sized enterprises. These firms are vital to the world economy and are particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 shock.   YPFS has compiled a list of design considerations for policymakers in developing and implementing SME support programs. Under each design consideration, we have a number of observations regarding interesting features and design challenges seen across programs to date.   Download this PDF to access our resource.  Continue reading “Design Considerations and Interesting Features of SME Support Programs ”

Congress Expands Support to Small Businesses

April 24, 2020
On April 23, the U.S. Congress passed emergency legislation to appropriate an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), $50 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and $10 billion for EIDL Emergency Advances. Congress created the PPP and EIDL Emergency Advance programs on March 27 in the CARES Act. Continue reading “Congress Expands Support to Small Businesses”

Lessons Learned in Designing and Implementing Support for Small Businesses

April 24, 2020
One month into the biggest global bailout of small businesses in history, countries have started to adjust their initial programs to make them more effective. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 90 percent of businesses and a majority of employment opportunities across the world. Even during non-crisis times, many SMEs face constraints in accessing financing. Governments are working to provide exceptional support during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to prevent bankruptcies, unemployment, and a deeper recession. Continue reading “Lessons Learned in Designing and Implementing Support for Small Businesses ”

Federal Reserve Introduces Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility

April 10, 2020
On April 9, the Federal Reserve released the details of its new Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility (PPPLF), through which financial institutions can use eligible loans made to small businesses as collateral when borrowing from the Fed. The purpose of the program, authorized under Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, is to facilitate such lending to small businesses.  Continue reading “Federal Reserve Introduces Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility”