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Is Bank of America gouging small businesses?

Bank Of America To Cut Tens Of Thousands Of Jobs In Restructuring Effort

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Welcome to 2012, small business owners who have lines of credit with Bank of America! You are about to see what a struggling banking giant will resort to when survival is at stake. This is from the Los Angeles Times:

The...bank is demanding that [small business] customers pay off their credit line balances all at once instead of making monthly payments. If they can't pay in full, they are being offered new repayment plans for as long as five years, but with far higher interest rates than their original credit lines had.

Business owners complain that BofA's credit squeeze is abrupt and could strain their small companies and even put them out of business. The credit cutoff is coming at a time when the California economy can't seem to catch a break, and bucks what the financial industry says is a new trend of easing standards on business loans.