Is CIT Relevant?

  • CIT provides financing to over 1,000,000 small and mid-sized businesses. 


  • CIT provides more loans than any other lender under the Small Business Administrations most popular program.


    CIT is the provider of capital to America's small businesses. One can argue that there are others such as GE, but no other company has the focus of CIT. Given the other bailouts, saving CIT should be a no brainer. The Wall Street Journal reports that there has not been a ground swell of public support for assistance to CIT.


    Ironically hasn't the public complained that the large banks aren't lending bailout dollars quickly enough to help the economy? CIT likes to make loans, they are good at making loans, and CIT is has the best infrastructure in place for getting out financing for the small businesses that can generate jobs. Importantly they are not punch drunk push-overs that make stupid loans. Their trouble emanates from the current economic contraction.


    The stimulus programs are not going to work unless money is put to work. CIT actually has the infrastructure in place to augment the recovery of small business in America. Here is a great opportunity to save a financial institution worth saving.

US Bankruptcies to Rise 45% in 2009 reports credit insurer Euler Hermes ACI forecasts a 45% increase in bankruptcy filings in 2009. Banks are in danger as US business bankruptcies may be up sharply.


    The FDIC reports year over year charge-offs to commercial and industrial borrowers are up by $4.2 billion as of the end of the first quarter. Credit rating agency DBRS states "business bankruptcies surpassed the peak levels of the previous cycle last year, and there is little to suggest that business bankruptcies have reached their peak."

Commercial Bankruptcy Filings On The Rise

    Chelsea Emery of Reuters covers corporate bankruptcy and restructuring. On Reuters shop-talk blog, Chelsea reports that commercial bankruptcy filings in May were up sharply from the same month a year earlier. 7,514 bankruptcy petitions were filed for businesses in 2009 compared with 5,354 for May 2008.



Global Economic Outlook: The Baseline Scenario

MIT Professor Simon Johnson is a thought leader on the Global Economy. His blog The Baseline Scenario is a great resource for understanding today's financial crisis. Last week he presented his Global Economic Outlook to the Senate Budget Committee.


I'm of the opinion that The Baseline Scenario is the best place on the web to stay easily updated on the  crisis. Johnson and his 2 co-founders are stimulating conversation and making this difficult subject understandable.