Goldman Sachs in talks with Amazon to offer small business loans

Goldman Sachs and Amazon

Global banking giant Goldman Sachs is in advanced talks with Amazon to offer SMEs businesses loans, initially in the United States on the e-commerce giant’s lending platform.

The project could go live as soon as March, the FT reported, citing two people familiar with the matter.

Goldman and Apple rolled out a virtual credit card in March last year to help build out the Wall Street bank’s consumer business, which also consists of its online bank Marcus.

The Marcus consumer banking brand was launched in 2015 to even out volatile results from businesses such as trading and investment banking.

During Goldman’s investor day last week, Chief Executive Officer David Solomon said Marcus was looking to capture business from smaller lenders who may have less resources to invest in offering better digital services.

Goldman and Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the FT report.