Small businesses becoming loath to invest

The findings come the same week that the National Federation of Independent Business found plummeting optimism among small business owners.

Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, cited that small business pessimism in commenting this week that concerns over the politics of the “fiscal cliff” were already having an effect on the economy.

Small businesses, according to Gallup and Wells Fargo, had been more likely than not to increase investments in the years leading up to the 2008 fiscal crisis. 

Plans to invest had been making a comeback this year, before falling in recent months.