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  1. If you’re shopping for an investment property loan, you can find one through online mortgage providers, investor-only lenders, and national banks. Loan amounts typically range from $45,000 to more than $2 million, but any lender will probably require you make a 20% minimum down payment.
  2. Small business loans help entrepreneurs build, maintain or expand their companies. Getting a business loan for your company doesn’t always require walking into a bank and securing funds — there are a variety of online small business lenders to consider, which may have easier qualifications and faster applications.

(Breaking story. Most recent version: Friday, December 12, 2020, 4:00 p.m., Eastern. For earlier coverage, see below.)

The Senate on Friday approved a one-week stopgap bill to fund the government, buying additional time for negotiators to reach an agreement on both a catchall government spending package and a coronavirus aid plan to address the economic toll of the pandemic. (President Trump has to sign the bill or funding runs out at midnight, and the government would shut down.)

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Democratic leaders have said the starting point for talks should be a $908 billion bipartisan compromise being drafted by a group of moderates.

It would include $288 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program that extends loans to small businesses, and $300-a-week supplemental federal jobless payments until the spring. The proposal, for now, does not include direct payments from stimulus checks.

(Breaking story. Most recent version: Friday, December 11, 2020)

The $900-billion COVID-19 relief package from a bipartisan group of lawmakers has all but collapsed after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said GOP senators wi. not support $160 billion in state and local funds as part of a potential tradeoff in the deal.

The proposal provides sweeping new funds for small businesses (via a renewed PPP loan program), healthcare providers, schools, and families suffering from the coronavirus crisis and the economic shutdowns.


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According to the Associated Press, McConnell’s staff says the Senator sees no path to agreement on a key aspect of the existing proposal:
“A slimmed-down version of the liability shield that he wants for companies and organizations facing potential COVID-19 lawsuits in exchange for the state and local funds that Democrats want.

Government Shutdown

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The COVID-19 relief plan now threatens another pressing business: a must-pass government funding bill. If it doesn’t clear Congress, the lack of government funding would trigger a federal government shutdown Saturday. (The Senate approved a one-week delay.)

Mixed Messages

Trump’s top negotiator on COVID-19 financial aid, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, reported progress on Thursday before the package from the bipartisan senators group fell apart. “I think we’re making a lot of progress,” Mnuchin said.


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