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First the Dot Com Bubble, then the Housing Market Bubble. Are we on the verge of another huge negative event that could impact the economy? Some economists think so and are starting to talk about the bill coming due in the oil and gas sector. With oil prices down 50% in a year, marginal producers have had to cut unprofitable production or are forced to continue producing unprofitably just to pay the bills for expanding at the peak. Banks are increasing reserves for bad debt in this sector, and many have already reduced lending to
Most business owners know they should treat the equity in their business like gold. Business owners work hard and have heard stories of "vulture capitalists" taking over companies, raiding the coffers, and leaving owners with nothing. Many feel the relationship between investor and business owner is inherently contentious and bound for conflict. This article will attempt to get you to think another way; like a Silicon Valley start-up company owner, not a obstinate restaurant owner resisting change.
A rate hike, or more appropriately, a series of rate hikes are on the horizon in the US. The Federal Reserve has been sending signals for months now, but clearly has an increased level of confidence in the market's ability to withstand a rate hike. In its most recent statement, the Fed noted that "the labor market continued to improve" but inflation was still below its target. The result of that comment was enough to send bond prices lower.
Shark Tank is great fantasy. You get your 15 minutes of fame on TV and a chance to walk away with a life changing investment in your business. From the viewer's perspective, it looks like more than half of the business owners making a pitch receive at least one offer from a tough negotiating Shark. With odds like that you could take your company down the world famous Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley and end up with a couple dozen offers to choose from.