Money and Investing Seminar – Sept/Oct TBD, 2018

Money and Investing Seminar

  • Saving Money
  • Money Making Money
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Learning the Basics of the Stock Market
  • Preparing for Retirement
  • More…

BY DANIEL FORLANO

GUEST SPEAKER: Gary Everhart from Thrivent Financial

WHEN: Sept/Oct TBD, 2018. 8:30am-4pm
WHERE: Giovannis Restaurant 5831 High Point Rd. Greensboro, NC 27407
COST: Individual – $135 : Couple – $170
(Lunch Included. Limited spots available.)

TICKETS: Click “Buy Now” below to select Individual Ticket ($135) or Couple Ticket ($170) to purchase your ticket and enroll in the seminar.

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For registration assistance or questions, please call (336) 215-7555

Success Corner #54

Grow your money

Wealth comes from money not spent. 

Let us say my Dad saved $100 (cost $2,500) instead of spending it for every year over 25 years and every 5 years purchased the following stocks:

  • 1970 Walmart worth $4,150,000
  • 1977 Coca Cola worst $500,000
  • 1980 Apple worth $136,000
  • 1986 Microsoft worth $485,000
  • 1990 Disney worth $150,000

I think my father would be very happy being worth $5,000,000 today from just saving $100 a year!

What if you were even just 10% as successful?

Would $2,500 over 25 years being worth $500,000 when you retire be worth it?

Don’t discount little savings. It can turn into big savings.

Success Corner #59

While many of you will see extra money in your pocket starting February, what type of person are you going to be? Are you going to invest it, pay off debt or just spend it. I suggest you look at your check now and look at your check in Feb. Take the difference and save it and invest it. You didn’t have it now and survived.

The Real Threat to the U.S. Economy

So far, all eyes have focused on the big companies hit by the credit crunch. But for most people, the worst effects on the U.S. economy will come from further down the economic chain — as small businesses increasingly have trouble keeping their day-to-day operations going.

Large companies have plenty of options to raise capital. Publicly traded companies can do secondary public stock offerings, as Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) did to raise $10 billion in capital. They can negotiate private deals, as Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) did to get $5 billion from Warren Buffett. They can issue bonds to get long-term debt financing. Tapping the short-term commercial paper market to get direct debt financing at a lower cost also usually works, although recent high rates have led companies such as General Electric (NYSE: GE), Deere(NYSE: DE), and Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) to reduce their reliance on commercial paper to raise cash. And going directly to a bank for loans and lines of credit is a common practice as well.

Nightmare on Main Street
Small businesses, though, lack the financial flexibility that larger companies have. Issuing stocks or debt directly isn’t typically an option, leaving small business owners at the whim of bank decisions. And since Small Business Administration statistics estimate that about half of all non-government jobs come from small businesses, it’s just as important for the overall economy to keep small business healthy as it is to keep large companies afloat.

One thing small businesses can do to get financing is to apply for special loans guaranteed by the SBA. Although the SBA doesn’t lend money directly, small businesses can go to a bank and apply for an SBA-guaranteed loan. One SBA program, for instance, guarantees up to 50% of a loan up to $350,000 for borrowers that meet certain requirements. Because the lending bank is still responsible for half or more of the loan if the borrower defaults, getting a loan isn’t as easy as getting a mortgage loan was several years ago. But the SBA guarantee can make a big difference.

Unfortunately, banks seem to be tightening the strings on SBA-program loans. The SBA reported a 30% drop in the number of guaranteed loans in the year that ended Sept. 30. Although banks cite declining credit quality among applicants, borrowers claim the process of obtaining loans has become more difficult.

Putting it on the card
Alternatives to traditional bank financing for small businesses aren’t attractive. Some businesses have used online loan services like Prosper and LendingClub to get financing directly from individuals. Although some owners successfully find financing at fair rates, concerns about how diligently these services pursue borrowers who default on their debt have led some prospective lenders to bow out of the service. In turn, that’s made it more difficult for responsible borrowers to find money.

Other business owners increasingly rely on business credit cards to cover expenses and make ends meet. But with extremely high interest rates even for borrowers with good credit histories, it’s easy for a small business to find its entire profit margin going to cover just interest payments. In addition, with many lenders decreasing credit limits on cards, the timing couldn’t be worse for those who’ve turned to cards as a last resort.

No easy solution
In the end, what happens to small businesses on Main Street will depend largely on the health of the banks they use to obtain credit. Although big national banks like Citigroup (NYSE: C)and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) may capture the headlines about the impacts of the bailout on the banking system, the primary question for small businesses is whether benefits from the bailout trickle down to small community and regional banks. It’s the health of those banks that will eventually determine the fate of small-business owners across the country.

Books:

This month we suggest you find readings that take you back to the basics, make you think and motivate you.  Books like Rich Dad/Poor Dad, Lee Iacocca’s first book, Donald Trump’s The Art of the Comeback, and Stress for Success.  If you are in financial trouble you may want to also read Total Money Makeover.  While we don’t subscribe/agree with everything we believe there are some great basic principals that you can pull from these books to help you pick yourself up and move forward.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded of the basics or be motivated by others.