Brock Blake on Whether PPP Loans Should Be Forgiven

Writing in Forbes, the CEO of Lendio, Brock Blake, argues that small business loans obtained through the Paycheck Protection Program should not be automatically forgiven; there is talk that all loans under the $150,000 should be automatically forgiven, meaning that 86% of all PPP loans would be automatically forgiven; Blake argues that the relief funding needs to be accounted for and that if a business owner did not meet the criteria for forgiveness it should not be the responsibility of the taxpayers to cover them; however, he is in favor of all loans to sole proprietors and self employed individuals be forgiven because it is more difficult for this group to document how they pay themselves. Forbes.

Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of LendIt Fintech, the world’s first and largest digital media and events company focused on fintech.

LendIt Fintech conducts three conferences a year for the leading fintech markets of the USA, Europe, and Latin America. LendIt also provides cutting-edge content all year long via audio, video, and written channels.

Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series.

Peter has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Fortune, NPR, Fox Business News, the Financial Times, and dozens of other publications.

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