Tighter Lending? Alliance Is Well Positioned

Lending standards are tightening across the banking sector, and particularly among banks with so-so balance sheets.


After years of cheap and easy money, this is no surprise. 


Banks received a glut of new deposits during the pandemic. Many of them parked that extra cash in government bonds that are very “safe” (although the ongoing debt-ceiling negotiation might call this into question). But bonds also lock in low interest rates.


With interest rates up, those older bonds now trade on the open market at a steep discount. If banks can hold their bonds to maturity, they won’t lose money, but this also means they need to be more careful with their remaining cash.


Enter higher lending standards. Banks in general, and particularly these more vulnerable regional banks, are now taking much more care to make lower-risk loans. 


Banks are taking a deliberate, segmented approach to their tightening. For riskier ventures and borrowers without strong track records, it’s getting a lot harder to take out loans. For great businesses like Alliance, credit is still available.

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Alliance’s tenants are also in a strong position. The medical practices that form a large portion of our tenant base tend to have great credit, as well as assets for loan collateral.


While some regional banks like First Republic are struggling and even failing, credit is definitely available. Interest rates are up, but they’re not that high by historical standards. Overall, lending conditions look like a return to long-term normalcy.


Banks are taking more care with credit, and that is what they’re supposed to do. Creditworthiness matters, and our recent history of very easy money isn’t entirely a good thing.


For strong businesses like Alliance and our tenants, this is nothing to be concerned about. We’re positioned to succeed in all conditions and this credit tightening is no exception.


Ben Reinberg

Founder & CEO  |  Alliance Group Companies


Ben Reinberg is Alliance Group Companies' founder and CEO.

Since 1995, Alliance Consolidated Group has acquired and invested in medical properties with net leases between $3 and $25 million across the United States. With decades of commercial real estate experience, we take pride in committing to meeting the goals of our Sellers, as we consistently and seamlessly adhere to successful closings.