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Confused by the Brexit? Here’s why it matters.

September 30, 2016

June 28th, 2016 Unless you’re living under a rock, you will know by now that last week Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU), the trading, economic, and increasingly political union of 28 states. In the fastest case of buyers’ remorse ever recorded, many Brits already regretting their decision and it may still not […]

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Case Study: RimTyme

May 17, 2016

How Don Howard Found a Bank That Understood His Business For most business owners, finding the right lender is more than a matter of knocking on doors until someone says yes. That can be hard enough by itself, but finding a bank willing to lend a business money is sometimes only half the battle. If […]

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Five Easy-to-Read Books to Make You Smarter with Your Money

March 28, 2016

March 28th, 2016 We aren’t sure how it will feel, but at some point in the future presumably all knowledge will be downloaded directly into our brains overnight, a bit like the interminable software updates our mobile devices require now. Until then, upgrading the brain must be done by reading books, which fortunately happens to […]

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Succession Planning – Not Just for Business Owners and Not Just About Mortality

March 24, 2016

March 24th, 2016 Many small business owners think that succession planning is only a matter of retirement or mortality – who is going to carry the torch when they’re not around anymore? While that’s undoubtedly important, it’s arguably even more important to think about succession planning while the owner is very much alive and willing […]

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What Does the Oil Price Bust Mean for American Consumers?

March 24th, 2016 Few things have more impact on American spending habits than the price of gas, and nobody will have failed to notice the impact of collapsing oil prices on how much it costs to fill their car up. Whether you are driving a thirsty truck or a thrifty hybrid, there are not many […]

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Our Top 5 Personal Finance Blogs (apart from our own!)

March 24th, 2016 Google the words “personal finance blog” and you will find about 277 million results. Like any Google search, that doesn’t mean that there are that number of personal finance blogs out there, just that the search found that word combination 277 times. Still, that’s pretty intimidating. So we are going to try […]

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AFB Rules of Thumb for Lenders

March 14, 2016

March 14th, 2016 In a previous blog spot we talked about the differences between getting a business loan based on a company’s assets or on its cash flow. As we explained, getting a loan based solely on cash flow is highly unlikely, and all lenders will want collateral of some kind. So if you’ve worked […]

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Borrowing Against Cash or Assets — Why Lenders Prefer to Mix It Up, and Why We’re Different

March 13, 2016

March 13th, 2016 Securing sufficient capital is a process that almost every business owner or executive will have to face at some point in their careers, and that usually means borrowing money. How to borrow is as important as how much to borrow. It doesn’t matter how large or small a business is, getting financial […]

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How to Learn the Art of Negotiation

February 9, 2016

February 9th, 2016 The old saying is that only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. We’ll add a third – negotiation. It is not just a business skill, it is a life skill. No matter which direction your life path takes you, there are a handful of skills that you will need […]

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China in crisis – yes it matters; stay diversified and don’t panic

January 19, 2016

Monkeys are notoriously mischievous critters, so perhaps it won’t come as any surprise to learn that in China 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. Just how mischievous this monkey turns out to be will only be learned with the benefit of hindsight, but early indications from the Chinese stock market point to a particularly […]

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