Navigating Business Loans: What to Ask Your Banker in Today’s Credit Market

  • AUTHOR: editor
  • POSTED ON: May 12, 2023

Hey there! Are you a business owner or executive? If so, you should know that banks are tightening their credit standards for business loans.

The Federal Reserve’s quarterly survey of senior lending officers has found that banks are tightening credit standards for business loans across the board, whether you’re dealing with a large, medium-sized or small bank. This means that interest rates on business loans are rising in relation to the banks’ cost of funds, and bankers are also reporting lower loan demand.

This may not directly impact you, but it’s always a decent idea to talk to your banker regularly.

Even if you’re not borrowing money now, it’s essential to understand where your company stands relative to the bank’s credit standards. So instead of just listening to the banker pitch their institution as a great partner, ask questions about where your company stands concerning the bank’s credit standards.

This knowledge can help you plan for future loans and ensure your company is creditworthy.


Key Questions to Ask Your Banker Whether You Have a Loan or Not

If you currently have a loan with the bank, here are some essential questions to ask your banker:

  1. Could any changes in the bank’s credit standards affect our company’s creditworthiness?
  2. What alternatives do we have if we fail to meet the new credit requirements? Could additional information or collateral improve our chances?
  3. Are there any other financing options suitable for our business that you know of?
  4. When would the bank cancel our credit if a recession negatively impacts our sales and profits?
  5. Can you suggest ways to enhance our creditworthiness so we can better handle a recession?

Remember, the last question is the most important. Even though banks look at various factors and cannot give a one-dimensional answer, a good banker can give you a sense of how bad things would have to get before the bank becomes worried.

Being prepared for any economic downturn is essential; talking to your banker about it can help you become more resilient.


If you’re not currently borrowing money from your bank, here are some good questions to ask:

  1. Is it likely that the bank would approve a loan if we were to apply for one today?
  2. Which loan purposes would be most preferred by the bank?
  3. What is the distance between the company’s financial situation and the bank’s credit standard? In case the company is creditworthy now, how much decline in finances can it experience before the bank terminates the credit line? On the contrary, if the company is not creditworthy at present, what are the requirements for becoming creditworthy?
  4. What measures could the company take to enhance the bank’s perception of its creditworthiness?

The banker might require to see the company’s cash flow related to its current debt service, recent sales and profit growth, liquidity, collateral, and credit history. While the banker may not be able to give a definitive answer, they can help you understand how close your company is to meeting the bank’s credit standards.

Finally, it’s important to remember that recessions can provide good buying opportunities for companies with sound financials. If you have good credit, you’ll be able to take advantage of these opportunities and speed up the process by having conversations with your banker early.

Preparing Your Business for Tough Credit Standards

In summary, talking to your banker regularly and asking the right questions can help you plan for the future and ensure that your company is prepared for any financial situation that may arise.

Maintaining a good relationship with your banker, regularly asking the right questions, and understanding your company’s creditworthiness are all essential steps to successfully navigating business loans in today’s credit market.

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So take the time to assess your financial situation, communicate openly with your banker, and plan for the future to ensure that your business stays financially resilient and positioned for success.

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Updated May 12, 2023
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