The bankruptcy system is about to be overwhelmed—and small businesses will get hit the hardest

If you think bankruptcies have been a scourge in the pandemic so far, brace yourself—they’re set to rise dramatically.

The business busts will strike small firms disproportionately, which is bad news for more than just the business owners. It’s bad for the whole economy, because the surge of financial pain may overwhelm the bankruptcy system. As a result, the process could become chaotic, with viable businesses killed and doomed ones kept artificially alive. A major part of the problem: There are not enough bankruptcy judges.

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