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Debt vs. Equity Financing: What’s Best for Your SMB? | businessnewsdaily.com

Here’s how to determine if you should accept debt or share ownership of your business.

  • Debt and equity financing are two very different ways of financing your business.
  • Debt involves borrowing money directly, whereas equity means selling a stake in your company in the hopes of securing financial backing.
  • Both have pros and cons, and many businesses choose to use a combination of the two financing solutions.
  • This article is for small business owners who are trying to decide if debt or equity financing is right for them.

Unless you have an existing empire of wealth to build on, chances are good that you’ll need some sort of financing in order to start a business. There are many financing options for small businesses, including bank loans, alternative loans, factoring services, crowdfunding and venture capital.

With this selection, it can be difficult to determine which option is right for you and your business. The first thing to know is that there are two broad categories of financing available to businesses: debt and equity. Figuring out which avenue is right for your business can be confusing, and each option has its own pros and cons.

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Americans are splurging on personal loans thanks to fintech startups | Quartz

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Ten years on from the credit crisis, Americans are again piling on debtin all its varieties, from credit cards to student loans to mortgages. These days, personal loans—a category turbocharged by fintech upstarts—are growing especially quickly. With an increasing number of shaky borrowers taking on this debt, the risks are growing for lenders during the next economic downturn.

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Rethinking These Eight ‘Normal’ Behaviors Can Save You More Than $100,000 | The Simple Dollar

Here are eight behaviors that are all but taken for granted in American culture — all of which are potentially expensive. Before you blindly follow the presumed cultural custom, it’s worth at least giving each some thought and deciding whether it’s truly a priority of yours – or just something everyone else seems to be doing.

Some or all of these might be really important to you, things you feel are well worth the money — and that’s fine! At least you’ll have come to that decision mindfully.

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What Turning 35 Taught Me About Money | The Simple Dollar

A debt-free life is better than the alternative.

For the first few years of our marriage, my husband and I didn’t pay too much attention to our spending or our outstanding debts. We made decent incomes, after all, and didn’t have any children. What difference did it make if we carried credit card debt, student loans, or car loans?

Here’s what I found out — it makes a huge difference. With two kids in school now and the college years fast approaching, I can’t imagine how unstable I would feel if we carried the kind of debt we did early on.

Now that I know a debt-free life is much better (and a lot less stressful) than the alternative, my plan is to avoid debt like the plague if at all possible. For us, that means driving older cars, saving money for splurges so we can pay in cash, and staying put in our reasonable home. If that keeps us debt-free, that’s fine with me.

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Groupon’s Revised S-1 Offers Hints At Its Profitable Future | Fast Company

The coverage of Groupon’s revised S-1 filing Wednesday mostly focused on the deep red numbers splashed across the company’s balance sheets. And rightly so. Because as much money as the company is bringing in, it’s still a ways from making a profit.

And yet, sprinkled among the revisions to the document were other interesting tidbits–ones that speak to where the company is going. And, if looked at in the right light, they could hint at a more promising future than some might think.

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Pa. accuses debt company of deceiving consumers – BusinessWeek

A debt collection agency used phony hearings in a room decorated to look like a courtroom to collect money from unsuspecting consumers, according to a lawsuit filed Friday against the company by Pennsylvania.

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Federal deficit: who owns what? |fst

Timothy Geithner, US Treasury Secretary

Timothy Geithner, US Treasury Secretary

Reports from last month reveal that the US federal deficit had been catapulted to record territory in August, hitting $1.38 trillion with just one month left in the budget year.

It remains a concerning figure – not least because of the worries it has raised regarding the willingness of foreigners to continue purchasing Treasury debt. For that is where the debt comes from: US Treasury securities – a government debt issued by the United States Department of the Treasury, which other countries and institutions then buy.

In essence then, Treasury securities (in this case, Treasury bonds) are nothing more than glorified loans – and as the US Treasury releases data pertaining to this – it is becoming increasingly hard for the American people to get a grasp on the fact this is how their country borrows money.

If its any consolation, it should be noted that this is how all governments borrow money, so the US isn’t alone: but with America’s deficit now soaring to an incredulous height, concerns seem to not only be justified but also gaining impudence.

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