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.