Capital Growth - Is it a Risk Or an Opportunity?

Capital Growth – Is it a Risk Or an Opportunity?

I love investing. Why do I love investing? Because from personal experience I can see it works. The source of our wealth is investing. Yes, the incomes we received from our jobs enabled us to invest, but we would not have become wealthy because of our jobs. Why? Because we always spend what we earn. Let me explain using one property as an example.

I purchased a property in 1997 for $165,000. By the end of 2007, the property was re-valued at $410,000. That is a capital increase of $245,000. In ten years, I would have found it impossible to save that amount: over $20,000 per year. Over those ten years, I was on an average salary of approximately $50,000 per annum. It would have been impossible to save an average of $20,000 per year.

To me, investing has been a form of forced savings.

As much as capital appreciation on an investment is very exciting, it also brings with it a level of risk.

The risk is the access you have to the capital appreciation. Loan products are available that allow you to re-finance your property to the current market value and you can access a portion of the capital growth for your purposes.

This access to the capital growth can either be a risk or an opportunity.

Let’s look firstly at the risk. Let’s say your Mortgage Broker tells you you can gain access to $100,000 on your property. You get very excited and buy a new car and a boat for your family. Let’s look at some of the downsides of this decision:

– Increased expenses: you now have to pay interest on the $100,000 loan. This is a personal expense you did not have before you purchased the car and boat.

– You purchased items that will decrease in value over time (depreciating items). The depreciation rate on a new car can be as high as 25% per annum. On the $50,000 car alone, without even considering the boat, you could lose $12,500 in the first year on depreciation.

– You purchased items that are unlikely to generate income for you. It is more likely they are going to increase your expenses. For example registration, petrol, insurance, mooring fees.

Going into debt to purchase depreciating items that do not generate income is not a strategy for financial independence. Cash flow and wealth are going backwards.

Let’s now look at the opportunity. Once again, your Mortgage Broker tells you you can gain access to $100,0000 on your property. Again you are excited but this time you use the $100,000 as a deposit on an investment property. Let’s look at the positives of this decision:

– You purchased an item that will increase in value over time (appreciating items).

– You purchased an item that will generate income for you in the form of rent. Property will also incur expenses in the form of interest on the loan, property management fees, rates, depreciation, insurance, etc. However your Accountant …

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Five Pitfalls to Avoid When Starting Your Own Profitable Business

Five Pitfalls to Avoid When Starting Your Own Profitable Business

Having a business of your own will no doubt position you as a wealth creator instead of a job finder. A profitable business must be able to have a decent return on investment. In the quest to achieving your desire to launch into the changing world of business entrepreneurship, there are some likely pitfalls that must be avoided.

 Slothfulness

Slothfulness can also be termed as laziness. It is a silent killer of destiny and ideas.

It can kill a business idea, before it even gets off the ground. Be ready to make endless sacrifice and work hard, if ever you desire to succeed in business. Most successful businesses were products of hard work and long hours of sacrifice.

 Procrastination

Procrastination is a very common disease that affects a lot of entrepreneurs and business owners. They wait for the big break and delay the start of their dream and vision in life.

The burning fire and passion that was there initially soon flickers after a long wait and all that remains is ash from long forgotten dreams. If there is a convenient time to launch that business idea, it is now! Delay can be very dangerous.

 Fear

A lot of folks fear failure as they fear demons, and this unnecessary fear has aborted a lot of dreams and businesses. If you hope to get your business idea off the ground, you got to put away any form of fear and go ahead to launch that business. Fear will deny you of the opportunity to fully enjoying the benefits of owning a profitable business that will be a source of succor to thousands and even millions of people.

Lack of Initiative

So many businesses get grounded daily because the owners lack initiative. You do not stand before the ball to take a penalty kick before you begin to think about the direction to kick the ball to. Chances are that you may miss the penalty kick because of your indecisiveness. Likewise, you do not start a business before you start thinking of what to do next. All planning and initiative must be properly worked out before you ever think of launching your business.

Lack of financial discipline

Lack of financial discipline is the bane of must small businesses globally. Where there is lack of discipline, the tendency is for the business owner to eat the seed together with the fruit. This implies that the profit and capital can no longer be accounted for. Statistics have shown that most business owners run into murky waters in their quest to balance the account books of their business, because they have used part of the business capital for personal projects without making refunds. This pitfall must be avoided by potential entrepreneurs and existing business owners if success must be achieved.…

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Earning potential in the Forex trading profession

Earning potential in the Forex trading profession

The most common way to make money is through trading in currency exchange. It is the biggest financial center in the world but still, only a few can make profit. There is numerous myth surrounding the making of money. Many people believe it needs extreme precision as the trade is done live. This is true in some cases but most of the time, traders are depending on a longer timeframe. Such trades need to have a solid strategy than quick reflexes. As this sector is online, analyzing the information is always risky. The chances of rumors getting mixed with facts are high and many get slaughtered. It is no wonder folks try to become rich quickly, and as a result, they lose more money than they make. The scammers also try to cheat the investors by showing attractive false offers. It is hard to distinguish right from the wrong when you are depositing capital online.

After reading this, we know many readers will get discouraged. This industry is marketed in such a way that only the benefits are advertised and not the dangers. Trading is quite easy if a person can simply make the right prediction. However, this is not the proper way to earn decently in Forex. This article will explain some of the established, foolproof ways that are bound to produce a result. For the beginners, this is the right material to give the proper idea on how to make consistent earnings through currency trading.

Facts about trading

More than 95% of retail traders are having a tough time. You might be a new trader in the Australian trading community and you should care about this fact. Try hard so that you can execute the best trades in a Saxo Forex trading account. Focus on precise knowledge and trade this market with discipline.

First, should you aim for long-term or short-term earnings?

The reason we are interested in knowing the answer is simple. Every person invests capital but not every trader follows the same strategy. Short-term techniques are dangerous but provide higher results if performed well. On the contrary, long-term plans need weeks to bear fruits. Sometimes, people get bored from waiting and switch the profession. If you are not thinking of quick rich method, we suggest going for the second choice. Although the period will be longer than expected, this provides better protection for capital. If there is volatility, investors will have a chance to exit the market or wait for the trend to become normal.

Should be based on a solid formula

After deciding the duration, it is time to explore this concept of earning. As we have told this sector is vast, the ways to strike profit is limitless. Most people go for paid signal providers to eliminate the risks and remove the hassles of analyses and other works. This has also one drawback. The depositors never got any chance to learn to trade. They simply follow a plan without inquiring why …

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Choose Your Working Capital Financing Source for Business Loans

Choose Your Working Capital Financing Source for Business Loans

You have choices in sourcing working capital finance and in business credit solutions.

It’s all about understanding the problem and knowing where to look for solutions, so let’s look at these two main problems. Understanding the problem is not something you should read, because as a business owner and financial manager in Canada you live with a ‘crisis’ or ‘challenge’ of capital every day.

Working capital is best understood as your operational capital, and you have an investment in receivables, inventory, that’s where your investment is currently located, and your goal is to monetize those assets in the best possible way.

Textbook definitions don’t really help us – our accountants and analysts ask us to get into the balance sheet, reduce current liabilities from current assets, and, voila! That’s working capital!

One of the biggest contradictions that you need to understand is the problem of assets, profits, liquidity, and turnover. Once you master the concept of working capital and, more importantly, the solution starts to make more sense.

We hate the definition of the textbook we mean, but we will agree that the calculations we share must be positive – you do need more inventory and accounts receivable combined as measured by debt and other short-term obligations. How do you manage your short-term A / R assets and inventory is the challenge.

Many business owners quickly realize that one of their obligations, namely debt, is actually a large asset in measuring capital and managing it. That’s because if you can continue to turn your inventory into A / R into cash, and slow down your debt to reach working capital progress.

Is there a perfect way to measure your working capital needs and progress? One method is to check the ‘cash conversion cycle’ – This is a tool that you can use to measure how low the dollars are needed to flow through your company. It only requires your inventory and outstanding receivables days, deducts your debt days, and there is your final number. This is a very long tool for understanding your progress over a long period of time.

To achieve strong cash flow, you need to increase turnover – which can be done by speeding up cash flow by borrowing on receivables, or selling receivables through factoring.

Your working capital solutions in Canada are limited, but they are very focused and real. You can increase cash flow today without anyone’s help just by accelerating the turnover of your assets such as receivables and inventory. If you feel your challenges are more long-term, long-term loans (if larger loans are called subordinated debt) is the solution.

You can also generate unlimited capital by entering into loans or asset-based facilities with non-bank financial companies. Don’t forget that term loans for working capital add debt and liabilities to your balance sheet, so we often advise clients that the best solution is actually monetizing your assets, not borrowing more – where asset-based credit lines work best.

So what’s the problem – this is …

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Venture Capital - What Are They Looking For?

Venture Capital – What Are They Looking For?

The venture capital market gets a lot of publicity. Despite this, it is also clear that a certain amount of mystery surrounds the industry. In this article, we look at a very simple question – what are venture capital funds looking for in prospective businesses?

The first thing a fund manager looks for is a potential home run. They are willing to invest a lot of money, but only if the potential return on investment is huge. If you aren’t thinking big, don’t bother seeking out this type of funding.

Along this line of thinking, the fund managers are also looking for a product in a growing market. You might have the greatest idea for movie DVD technology in the world, but you are probably going to get little or no VC interest. Why? The market is moving past DVDs to direct streaming solutions, to wit, your idea is antiquated and in a slowing market.

The third element is the ability to quickly recover the capital investment. What does this mean? It simply means the ability to take the company public or sell it in a reasonable time of say no longer than 5 years. Fund managers are in the game to make as much money as possible. Any talk of “growing” a company should only be taken in reference to their desire to get it to the payoff stage as soon as possible.

The fourth characteristic looked for is experienced management. Would you give a couple million dollars to someone who has never done something before? Maybe, but you would feel a lot better giving it to a company with management that has a history of having successfully brought companies to market. If you don’t have strong management, an easy solution is to consider hiring it. It could be the difference between getting funding or not.

Every venture capitalist is different and so are the things the look for in an investment opportunity. That being said, you will be ahead of the game if you nail down the above factors before seeking out your funding.…

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