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Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2019

An OECD Scoreboard

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Sufficient and affordable access to different sources of finance is crucial to allow SMEs and entrepreneurs to reach their full potential. The 8th edition of the Scoreboard on SME and Entrepreneurship Finance report provides data from 46 countries around the world on debt finance, alternative finance instruments and financing conditions, as well as information on policy initiatives to improve their access to finance.

In 2017, SME bank credit increased at a modest pace in many countries and declined in some others, in the context of broadly positive macroeconomic conditions, improvements in the business environment and accommodative credit conditions. In contrast, volumes were generally up for most other sources of finance relevant for SMEs and entrepreneurs, such as leasing, factoring, online alternative finance, and venture capital investments. At the same time, a growing share of SMEs relied on self-financing for their investment needs and cash flow requirements in 2017.

The thematic chapter of this publication investigates the potential for SMEs to leverage their intangible assets to access external finance, especially debt.

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Peru

Peru’s Central Reserve Bank (CRB) forecasts an annual growth of 4.0% in 2018 due to a better performance of exports and a positive performance of the terms of trade, which grew by 7.5% during the first semester of 2018. It is also expected that this ratio will experience a decline ranging from 1.0% to 4.9% by the end of 2018, due to trade tensions between U.S. and China. Besides, the Central Reserve Bank does not expect to lower its interest rate to stimulate the economy, since the inflation rate reached the lower bound of the upper limit of CRB’s inflation target (2% +/- 1%).

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