Don’t Ignore the Similarities with the Last Two April!

Nearly a year ago in this column I showed a scary similarity in April (2011) with the conditions in the previous April (2010). And of course the similarity continues into a market correction of nearly 20% before the market rises again.

DON'T IGNORE THE SIMILARITIES WITH THE LAST TWO APRIL!

And here we again this year see a scary resemblance when March is almost over, this time for the last two April.

I heard many guarantees that this time was different. This will oppose the opportunity for the market to follow the same pattern for three years in a row. In addition it is an election year, and the Fed has already made a vote about coming to the rescue if needed.

Using that logic will also oppose the chance that the surrounding conditions will follow the same pattern for three years in a row. But that is what is happening.

Like the last two years, the S&P 500 has had an impressive rally for overbought conditions that are potentially above the 200-day long term m.a., and technical indicators, while still using buy signals, are in their overbought zone.

Meanwhile, investor sentiment, usually very bullish at the top of the market and very bearish at the bottom of the market, has reached a high bullish level, low fear level, similar to what was seen near the market peaks in April 2010 and 2011.

That can be seen in the VIX Index, also known as the Fear Index. Usually at a high level of fear at the lowest position of correction and a good buying opportunity, and at a low level of fear (a level of bullishness and high self-satisfaction) at rallies and market tops.

Then there’s the U.S. economy In each of the past two years, economic recovery has shown surprising strength during the autumn and winter months, and …

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Improving F & I As a Profit Centre

The motor finance landscape is changing; fewer independent finance companies are a part of this change. The long term survival of these companies is vital to the dealer market. Dealers need to work in partnership with the finance companies to ensure mutual profitability and to positively change perceptions of dealer finance.

IMPROVING F & I AS A PROFIT CENTRE

For many former finance companies the return on investment from motor finance had become unsustainable. Competition between the players meant that retailers were able to negotiate aggressively, pushing finance company margins ever lower; the balance of power has now shifted and in reality this is a good thing for the long term future of dealer finance.

Retailers need finance companies to be profitable and encouragingly Carlyle Finance which is reporting record profit levels has now committed itself to achieving significant profitable growth – with plans to more than double it’s lending in the UK motor sector.

But there is unlikely to be any return to the Income per finance case retailers achieved 3 – 4 years ago. Market and regulatory pressures are part of this change, but so is the reality that today’s consumer is better informed in terms of their options and rates when looking to purchase a car on finance. The internet has been a key part of the consumer education process and it is vital that dealers engage in communicating the value of dealer finance through the web in a far more engaging fashion than has been delivered to date.

When it comes to finance, dealers have to ensure that finance information (quality, detailed information) is positioned ‘front and centre’ so that the consumer can learn for themselves the full picture about why dealer finance makes so much sense.

“Retailers can make money from F & I, but things have to change” Mark Standish “To ensure …

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How to Obtain US Real Estate Financing For Foreigners

Recently, there has been a fall in real estate financing in the USA. Due to the economic turmoil and banks tightening their requirements, it has become harder to foreigners to obtain a loan.

HOW TO OBTAIN US REAL ESTATE FINANCING FOR FOREIGNERS

In fact, while cash deals have always been the most common way for non residents to purchase US real estate, it increased even more this past year due to the credit crunch in the market. Fortunately, lenders are slowly beginning to relax their requirements in tandem with the slow recovery of the economy.

If you are considering getting a loan for US real estate, here’s what the current process involves.

Amount Financed

Unlike loans offered to US residents, foreign investors are usually only allowed to finance 70%, or less, of a homes value. In addition to a sizeable down payment, interest rates and fees are also generally a little higher.

Property Usage

You’ll get better terms (more competitive rates and lower down payment) if your purchase is to be used as a second home rather than a rental property.

Property Ownership

Typically, banks are more receptive to lending to foreign individuals than to foreign corporations.

Credit Worthiness

Banks rely heavily on your credit history for US Real Estate Financing. Since many investors won’t have any history with US companies, it’s good to have at least 3 creditors from your own country that can provide proof of timely payments. Letters from institutions attesting to your credit worthiness may also be acceptable.

Asset Verification

This may not be required to obtain a loan but it can help you get better rates or less of a down payment. The best asset verification comes from international banking institutions who can verify the amount you have on deposit and the amount of time your account has been active.

Property Chosen

You may …

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Strategies to Attract Venture Capital Investors to Your Ideas

The business world is a magical place that holds many different techniques to gaining what is needed. One thing that all businesses need when first starting out is venture capital. This can come from many sources, but knowing where to find it and how to get it is a huge part of the task.

Getting capital investors involves having a few key documents in place. One is a mission statement. This can define what the goals of the company are for. The other is the business plan. By telling investors what will be achieved and how it will be achieved is one of the only ways to influence their decision.

Where can one find investors though? They can be found in a vast amount of places. Between family and friends, banks, and other business owners, there are more than enough opportunities to take hold of. There are a few key things to each type of investor that can help anyone know how to find them, persuade them, and what is most commonly asked for.

Family and friends will often be the easiest investors to deal with and find. By looking around one’s surroundings it is possible to find many different investors. Family is always a good starter point since they are normally very supportive. They may not ask for much in reality. All that is normally asked by them is to get the money back, or receive a small profit in return. Friends are near the same as family with expectations of an investment.

Banks on the other hand require some shopping around. If choosing to go through a bank to receive venture capital there are a few things that will be needed. The mission statement and business plan will be necessary. Financial records though may be asked for by …

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Funding Options to Venture Capital

For many years, providers have relied on venture capital financing to grow and expand their enterprises. Recently, most venture funds have been reduced in scope and size to take care of the present economic atmosphere. Regrettably, this has had a substantial effect inside the broader economy by limiting entrepreneurship and innovation – crucial element of economic accomplishment.

With out venture capital, a lot of small business owners try to finance their companies by seeking a business enterprise loan from a lending institution. However, small business loans are only provided to organizations that have strong collateral and can show lucrative operations. Corporations will also ought to give economic statements which will be rigorously reviewed to ensure that they meet institutional criteria. Simply because of this, this type of organization financing is out of the attain of several company owners, specially at this time.

There is certainly are option strategies to finance your organization. They could assist you expand your enterprise organically without the need of creating any new debt. And much more importantly, without needing to give any equity in the organization to someone else. Bear in mind that if you use venture funding, you might be selling a piece of the corporation to a person else. They may want a say on how points are done. A lot of instances this really is very good, considering that venture capitalists ordinarily have seasoned executives which will enable you to. On the other hand, it can take some of your independence away.

There are actually two alternatives that could make it easier to, according to your predicament and line of company. One particular if factoring financing. Factoring bridges the 30 to 60 day gap involving invoicing a industrial customer and basically receiving a payment. This advance payment enhances your money flow, providing …

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