How to Improve Your Finances in 3 Simple Steps

Money begins in the mind. Don’t confuse the little pieces of paper in your wallet with money. Dollar bills are only a symbol. The value of money is that which you hold in your consciousness.Since money is an idea it’s imperative to associate money with positive emotions. Look around. Do most people see money in a positive light? When did you watch your last Ferrari commercial? How many advertisements a day do you hear trumpeting “Hot Deals”? The general public has a scarcity consciousness when it comes to money. It believes that money is finite. This is ludicrous since ideas are not finite and money is an idea.Fill your mind with positive ideas about money and money flows to you with ease.Begin The Day With Positive AffirmationsAn affirmation is a statement repeated to one’s self which is accepted as true. When an idea has been accepted as truth it manifests. Once an idea has been sufficiently affirmed it becomes true.If you’re short on money the idea of money associated with lack was affirmed to you tens of thousands of times. Maybe your parents always spoke of losing the house, or being broke. Perhaps you were praised for getting a good deals when shopping. This affirmed the idea of lack, the idea that you could never have enough money to buy what you want so you better save, save, save, and be stingy with the few dollars which you possess.To change your financial situations develop a new set of affirmations. Emotions power affirmations. Generate deep positive feelings when stating that you are abundant, you are prosperous, you are wealthy.Perform affirmations in the present tense. Now is when you’re getting rich. Unless you have access to a time machine you can’t get rich in the future because the future never arrives.Turn Off The NewsThe news is mental junk food. When was the last time a wealthy person was praised on the news? If you catch a wealthy person on the news the talking heads are likely celebrating their downfall.See these images thousands of times and you’ll be programmed to dislike wealthy people. If you dislike wealthy people you’ll probably dislike money. Oh you’ll still want plenty of money, but you won’t receive much because your mental programming is hard-coded to reject money.Turn the news off for good. The news is primarily death, jealousy, poverty, and envy. What good does it do you?Leave Negative People BehindThis one is a sore point for most. Out of a sense of loyalty they hold on to worn out relationships. Never leave your friends behind no matter what, they say.What if you want to be successful? What if you want to make more money? Ask yourself this question. Why does Bill Gates hang out with Warren Buffet? Wealthy people associate with like-minded people because the relationship breeds more wealth for each party. Bill Gates is not going to associate with someone who whines about the wealthy having too much money. He’d much rather talk to someone who has billion dollar ideas. A negative person would poison his mind and he has too much respect for himself to let that occur. Do you respect yourself enough to let go of negative influences?If you want to become wealthy you must let go of people who think about being broke. If they’re broke but their mindset says “Wealth” they can stick around. Their poverty is only temporary. But if someone constantly complains about money they don’t like money and will never have much money. Lose them. At least if you plan to become wealthy.Feed Your Mind The Right IdeasThere is no secret when it comes to wealth creation. Those who are wealthy fed their mind images of wealth before acquiring their fortunes. You can do the same.

Alternative Financing Vs. Venture Capital: Which Option Is Best for Boosting Working Capital?

There are several potential financing options available to cash-strapped businesses that need a healthy dose of working capital. A bank loan or line of credit is often the first option that owners think of – and for businesses that qualify, this may be the best option.

In today’s uncertain business, economic and regulatory environment, qualifying for a bank loan can be difficult – especially for start-up companies and those that have experienced any type of financial difficulty. Sometimes, owners of businesses that don’t qualify for a bank loan decide that seeking venture capital or bringing on equity investors are other viable options.

But are they really? While there are some potential benefits to bringing venture capital and so-called “angel” investors into your business, there are drawbacks as well. Unfortunately, owners sometimes don’t think about these drawbacks until the ink has dried on a contract with a venture capitalist or angel investor – and it’s too late to back out of the deal.

Different Types of Financing

One problem with bringing in equity investors to help provide a working capital boost is that working capital and equity are really two different types of financing.

Working capital – or the money that is used to pay business expenses incurred during the time lag until cash from sales (or accounts receivable) is collected – is short-term in nature, so it should be financed via a short-term financing tool. Equity, however, should generally be used to finance rapid growth, business expansion, acquisitions or the purchase of long-term assets, which are defined as assets that are repaid over more than one 12-month business cycle.

But the biggest drawback to bringing equity investors into your business is a potential loss of control. When you sell equity (or shares) in your business to venture capitalists or angels, you are giving up a percentage of ownership in your business, and you may be doing so at an inopportune time. With this dilution of ownership most often comes a loss of control over some or all of the most important business decisions that must be made.

Sometimes, owners are enticed to sell equity by the fact that there is little (if any) out-of-pocket expense. Unlike debt financing, you don’t usually pay interest with equity financing. The equity investor gains its return via the ownership stake gained in your business. But the long-term “cost” of selling equity is always much higher than the short-term cost of debt, in terms of both actual cash cost as well as soft costs like the loss of control and stewardship of your company and the potential future value of the ownership shares that are sold.

Alternative Financing Solutions

But what if your business needs working capital and you don’t qualify for a bank loan or line of credit? Alternative financing solutions are often appropriate for injecting working capital into businesses in this situation. Three of the most common types of alternative financing used by such businesses are:

1. Full-Service Factoring – Businesses sell outstanding accounts receivable on an ongoing basis to a commercial finance (or factoring) company at a discount. The factoring company then manages the receivable until it is paid. Factoring is a well-established and accepted method of temporary alternative finance that is especially well-suited for rapidly growing companies and those with customer concentrations.

2. Accounts Receivable (A/R) Financing – A/R financing is an ideal solution for companies that are not yet bankable but have a stable financial condition and a more diverse customer base. Here, the business provides details on all accounts receivable and pledges those assets as collateral. The proceeds of those receivables are sent to a lockbox while the finance company calculates a borrowing base to determine the amount the company can borrow. When the borrower needs money, it makes an advance request and the finance company advances money using a percentage of the accounts receivable.

3. Asset-Based Lending (ABL) – This is a credit facility secured by all of a company’s assets, which may include A/R, equipment and inventory. Unlike with factoring, the business continues to manage and collect its own receivables and submits collateral reports on an ongoing basis to the finance company, which will review and periodically audit the reports.

In addition to providing working capital and enabling owners to maintain business control, alternative financing may provide other benefits as well:

It’s easy to determine the exact cost of financing and obtain an increase.
Professional collateral management can be included depending on the facility type and the lender.
Real-time, online interactive reporting is often available.
It may provide the business with access to more capital.
It’s flexible – financing ebbs and flows with the business’ needs.
It’s important to note that there are some circumstances in which equity is a viable and attractive financing solution. This is especially true in cases of business expansion and acquisition and new product launches – these are capital needs that are not generally well suited to debt financing. However, equity is not usually the appropriate financing solution to solve a working capital problem or help plug a cash-flow gap.

A Precious Commodity

Remember that business equity is a precious commodity that should only be considered under the right circumstances and at the right time. When equity financing is sought, ideally this should be done at a time when the company has good growth prospects and a significant cash need for this growth. Ideally, majority ownership (and thus, absolute control) should remain with the company founder(s).

Alternative financing solutions like factoring, A/R financing and ABL can provide the working capital boost many cash-strapped businesses that don’t qualify for bank financing need – without diluting ownership and possibly giving up business control at an inopportune time for the owner. If and when these companies become bankable later, it’s often an easy transition to a traditional bank line of credit. Your banker may be able to refer you to a commercial finance company that can offer the right type of alternative financing solution for your particular situation.

Taking the time to understand all the different financing options available to your business, and the pros and cons of each, is the best way to make sure you choose the best option for your business. The use of alternative financing can help your company grow without diluting your ownership. After all, it’s your business – shouldn’t you keep as much of it as possible?

US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%

US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 1.14%. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 0.98% and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up by 0.71 per cent

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US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%
Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. Source: Reuters
US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 345.25 points or1.14 per cent. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 35.88 points or 0.98 per cent and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up 75.75 points or 0.71 per cent. A Reuters report said that today’s strength was on the back of a report which said the Federal Reserve will likely debate on signaling plans for a smaller interest rate hike in December, reversing declines set off by social media firms after Snap Inc’s ad warning.

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Nasdaq Top Gainers and Losers

Source: Nasdaq

Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. The BSE Sensex ended at 59,307.15, up by 104.25 points or 0.18 per cent from the Thursday closing level. Meanwhile, the Nifty50 index closed at 17,590.00, higher by 26.05 points or 0.15 per cent. In the 30-share Sensex, 13 stocks gained while the remaining 17 ended on the losing side. In the 50-stock Nifty50, 21 stocks advanced while 29 declined.