Small Business Owners, Have You Created a Rainy Day Fund?

You’ve got your emergency fund set up — three to six months of living expenses set aside for unexpected events — and you’re finally feeling a sense of financial security. But what, exactly, constitutes a financial emergency? We asked financial advisor Laura Scharr-Bykowsky for tips on when to tap your emergency fund and other advice on saving up for a rainy day. When Should People Tap Their Emergency Funds? Emergency funds provide peace of mind when there’s an unusual or catastrophic event in your life. Loss of income due to unemployment or…

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Here’s What You’re Getting Wrong About Investing

Starting a business takes a lot of savvy. Many entrepreneurs border on genius when it comes to their particular niche, and that’s why people are willing to invest in, buy from, and do business with them. While a particular entrepreneur may thrive in her/his field, they may struggle in one common arena: Personal wealth management. Entrepreneurs spend so much time garnering investments that they often don’t take the time to make any of their own. If you’ve ever started something you probably know all too well how easy it is…

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Does It Make Sense for Investors to Pay Carried Interest?

For years, I have resisted paying carried interest to accelerators as a way to invest in start-up companies because I have thought about the decision incorrectly. Recently, a couple of smarter investors than me set me straight by getting me to focus on what really matters — the math. Over the years I have resisted paying carry for two reasons, neither of which is very good. First, I get a lot of utility out of investing in startups. I like working with and talking to founders. If I put money…

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12 Super Simple Money Management Tips for Your Personal Finances

The best financial advice tends to apply to pretty much everyone. You don’t need a spreadsheet of pros and cons and complex scenarios. What you need is a rule of thumb. There’s no shame in using one-size-fits-all advice. A study of West Point cadets, for example, found teaching rules of thumb was at least as effective as standard personal finance training in increasing students’ knowledge and confidence as well as their willingness to take financial risks. Researchers found money rules of thumb were more effective than teaching accounting principles to small business owners…

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7 Ways to Help Your Business When You’re Strapped for Cash

In general, the times when you need money the most are going to be the times when it’s hardest to get.  Think about it from a lender’s perspective.  If you’re hemorrhaging money, you’re a lousy risk.  But even successful entrepreneurs have moments when there’s just an ugly money crunch, and the only thing that will get them past it is an influx of cash.  Here’s how to generate some $$$: What to Do During a Business Cash Crunch 1. Stop the Bleeding This step is absolutely the most critical.  You…

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Bank at the center of US inquiry projects Russian ‘soft power’

  Grigory Dukor | Reuters Sergei Gorkov, Chairman of State Corporation “Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)”, speaks with participants during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia, June 2, 2017. It has offices in a sleek Manhattan skyscraper. Its bonds are accessible to millions of American investors. And it holds ties to some of New York’s biggest banks. Despite this presence on Wall Street, detailed in previously unreported financial records, Vnesheconombank, or VEB, is no normal bank. It is wholly owned by the Russian state. It…

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Maersk ventures into trade finance

To make overseas exports easier for Indian companies, especially SMEs, Denmark-based AP Moller – Maersk, one of the largest container shipping companies globally, has set up a new business vertical, Maersk Trade Finance. In a nutshell, Maersk Trade Finance is a digital platform with pre-shipment and post shipment credit facilities. It enables exporters – manufacturers or traders – to not only get the cargo shipping services online but also apply for funds that can be used either to pay for the shipment or to invest in new orders. Pilot countries…

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Sundaram Finance reports 13.9% rise in Q4 profit

CHENNAI: Non-banking finance company Sundaram FinanceBSE 1.02 % has recorded a 13.9 per cent rise in its fourth quarter net profits ending March 31, 2017 at Rs. 139 crore. The city-based company had clocked net profits at Rs. 122 crore during the corresponding quarter of previous year, a top official said. For the full year ending March 31, 2017, the net profits stood at Rs. 495 crore. The profit for the year ending March 31, 2017 is not comparable to previous year, which includes a one-time profit of Rs. 40.64…

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Abu Dhabi Fund for Development finances 31 projects in Jordan worth Dh5.7b

In a report issued by ADFD to mark Jordan’s 71st Independence Day, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development announced that by end-2016, it provided financing for 31 development projects with a cumulative value of Dh5.7 billion through government grants and concessionary loans. The projects covered several sectors, namely mining, water and irrigation, transport, housing, agriculture, energy, education and health care. Their constructive cooperation aims to achieve sustainable development goals in vital economic sectors that benefit the Jordanian population. ADFD manages the $1.25 billion (Dh4.6 billion) UAE government contribution to the…

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