Average daily balance for a business loan

What is average daily balance?   How does it affect my getting a business loan?   It is also know as the average ledger balance and average collected balance and is the average of your daily balances for one month at your bank.

If it is not high enough, it may be a reason for a decline with a lender who does not tell you what the requirement is.
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What is average daily balance?
The average daily balance, also known as average ledger balance and average collected balance is the average of your daily balances for one month at your bank. If it is not high enough, it may be a reason for a decline with a lender who does not tell you what the requirement is.
What does average daily balance mean for a business loan?
The higher the average daily balance, the more likely you are to getting approved for a business loan and getting approved for a higher amount.
Why does my average daily balance in my business account matter?
If it is too low, it can be a major factor in your business loan request being denied. Lenders have different numbers they look for in the average daily balance. However, most want to see at least $1,000. Many want to see a $1,500 average ledger balance and some want as high as $2,500 average collected balance. A higher balance gives lenders more confidence that your business has the cash flow to handle debt.

Keeping high daily balances is too much for many businesses.    Many businesses use almost all of the funds that are in their account immediately after it is deposited.

What is average daily balance and why does it matter?

Why do lenders care about average daily balances?

Lenders, especially short term lenders, also want your business to keep more in your account than what their future payment will be.   The lower it  is, the more worried they are you will not be able to make payments to them.    As a result, they take any new payment into consideration when making the approval or decline decision.   Lenders may also consider what the percent of your loan payments will be as a percentage of total deposits.  This is similar to a debt to income ratio that many lenders use to assess business cash flow and affordability.

Many businesses that are declined for this reason may get declined for having less than $10,000 in deposits per month or also for the account being overdrawn.
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