SME lending just got more expensive in Singapore. Basel III capital requirements has increased the risk weighting on SME loans. Banks are now required to set aside more capital to protect against SME loan defaults. This will drive up the cost of capital for SME’s as lenders pass on added costs to borrowers to maintain healthy margins on SME loans; Singapore’s Business Times reports.
SME’s are a critical driver of economic growth in Singapore. Bank loans to the segment grew more than 10% in 2013.