Month: January 2017

North American Bancard – Tips for Giving the Best Business Gifts #minority #business #loans

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Many business owners send greeting cards and corporate gifts to show gratitude to clients and business partners. These gifts are often useless and end up being thrown away or regifted. The purpose of the gift is to standout and remind the individual about you or your brand long after the holidays.

Here are eight tips, from Entrepreneur. to help you select a gift that will leave an impression:

1. Make it useful. Give people something they can use throughout the year. Desk calendars, pens, small flashlights and letter openers are great examples of items every business person could use.

2. Give your product. Skip the shopping and extra spending, and give your product as a gift. It allows you to show gratitude while promoting your business.

3. Make a donation. Create goodwill by making charitable donations in the names of your business partners. An added bonus is the tax writeoff.

4. Look for exchanges. Ask other businesses about exchanging products and services. This will reduce costs, result in better gifts and serve as a marketing tool. Some companies you may want to talk to include movie theaters, restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment venues.

5. Personalize it. Include your business name on the corporate gifts you give. There is nothing wrong with branding the items you give to your business partners.

6. Spread it around. Give a gift that employees can benefit from. They are often left out while the owners and managers get all the corporate gifts.

7. Keep it simple. While it can be tempting, it is best not to go overboard. Remember that gift giving is a marketing strategy and does not need to cost you a lot of money. Be sincere and tactful in your gift choices.

8. Keep it healthy. Everyone loves treats, but too many sweet snacks go around during the holidays. There is no need to add to the cookies and chocolates your business partners are already receiving. The fall from a sugar rush can negatively impact businesses. If you want to send something edible, make sure it’s healthy.

Gift giving during the holiday season is a great gesture for business partners. Be sure to be reasonable, choosing items that are useful, cost-effective and serve to market your business.





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Business Cards: Design – Print Custom Business Cards #business #emails

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Ordered business cards. Love Avery design tool. The cards turned out wonderful. I had them print and they look amazing. Price was competitive too. Google Trusted Store Review (June 4, 2016)

Easy to create business cards that included my own image and text. Quality is nice. Google Trusted Store Review (April 30, 2016)

I received an email from them with a layout problem. They corrected it, printed it and shipped before I had a chance to respond! The cards were perfect, just how I had hoped they would turn out. Google Trusted Store Review (April 24, 2016)

The quality of the finished product from Avery WePrint was awesome, the design tool was easy to use and the customer service rep was very helpful with my questions about production/shipping deadlines. Will definitely use again. Google Trusted Store Review (December 14, 2015)

Business cards looked professional – good quality material and crisp color printing! Google Trusted Store Review (November 8, 2015)

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10 big investment ideas for 2016 #business #research

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It’s time to fire up the interneuronal connections and carve out 10 big ideas for 2016.

Asian nation

My first offering is that Australia will likely become an Asian nation in its ethnic orientation. Apologies to the xenophobes, but it’s happening under your nose. An incredible 28 per cent of Australia’s population (or 6.6 million people) were born overseas – the highest in 120 years. During the last census a remarkable 12 per cent of Australians said they had Asian ancestry.

In Sydney and Melbourne, 19 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively, of residents are Asian. In Sydney regions like Parramatta and Ryde, the Asian share of the population is as high as 34 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively. China and India have overtaken the UK as Australia’s biggest source of new migrants, collectively accounting for 35 per cent of the intake in 2013-14.

The idea of Australia stealthily yet ineluctably becoming an Asian nation is a big deal: it will reinforce our unique antipodal trading position and powerful role as a politically stable economic conduit between east and west; it will help improve our cultural commonalities with major regional actors like China, India and Indonesia (mitigating geopolitical hazards); and it should serve as a source of innovation, productivity and growth, just as the influx of ambitious European migrants did after World War II.

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Bank returns on equity will fall

Idea number two is that the major banks’ returns on equity (RoEs) are inevitably going to fall from around 15 per cent towards their 11 per cent cost of equity as result of the banking system becoming a highly competitive and level playing field. While this process may take five years or more, it should mean that rather than trading at an unusually high two times book value, the majors will price at circa one times. If I’m right, there is much downside to current valuations, which is a proposition reinforced by analysts’ crazy forecasts that bad and doubtful debt charges will stay around 30-year lows.

In five years the majors will have ceded the competitive advantages that fuelled their world-beating RoEs. Rather than carrying 25 per cent more leverage than rivals, they will end up having less leverage and more equity capital in the funding mix. Combined with the fact that smaller banks tend not to source as much funding in the dearer wholesale bond markets – underwriting assets with cheaper deposits that are now a government-guaranteed (and more stable) funding source – I believe the majors will wind up having more expensive funding costs. In short, we will migrate to a system where the majors are much safer banks with reduced risks of failure, with the trade-off of lower returns on equity than competitors that have loftier leverage and lower funding costs. There should, therefore, be an economic role reversal between the big four and their rivals.

Another Macquarie Bank?

If the majors are going to become slow-moving, yet bullet-proof, utilities, a third idea is investors should look for superior returns from more fleet-footed alternatives that are not saddled with the financial baggage of being too-big-to-fail. One day we will eventually see another Nicholas Moore who creates a new Macquarie Bank with a much skinnier 50 per cent dividend payout ratio (compared to the majors’ 80 per cent pay-out policies) that retains earnings to support investments in innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities. Macquarie has done a fabulous job of continuously reinventing itself to maintain growth and studiously avoided allocating too much capital to competing in the majors’ commodity markets.

On this note, the majors will likely lose significant market share in home loans to regional banks that for the first time will be able to compete effectively with them on price without crushing their returns. Rather than being price setters, the majors will become price takers and have to give back the recent rate hikes they have foisted on borrowers to compensate for expanding equity funding costs or suffer market share losses. This will compel them back into the less contested business lending space, which will lubricate credit to companies. Indeed, I think the majors’ balance-sheet splits between residential and business loans will revert back to the 40:60 levels before the 1991 recession.

Our forecasts for double-digit house price growth in 2013 and 2014, and high single-digit growth in 2015, were spot on. My fourth idea is that there will be no imminent housing collapse, and the price of our bricks and mortar will again climb in 2016, albeit at a much slower pace of around 1 to 2 times income growth. I maintain the view that the market is very expensive (15 to 25 per cent above fair value) and recently sold my own home. The interest rate hikes that will be the catalyst for a sustained Aussie housing correction appear to have been shunted into the distant future.

A fifth idea is that as the US and UK jobless rates (5 and 5.3 per cent respectively) fall towards 3 per cent in 2016 and 2017, wage and consumer price inflation will gradually reanimate. While the Fed will hike in December, central banks will get behind the curve because of their desire to “look through” this reflation.

Fixed-rate bond prices to plummet

This prompts another idea, which is that fixed-rate bond prices will melt as long-term yields rise on the back of financial markets resisting the Fed’s dovish view of the world and acknowledging stubbornly strong inflation data. The existential moment for global central banks will arrive when the break-even inflation rates priced by the bond market begin breaching official inflation targets in a sign that investors no longer think that monetary policy (and so-called nominal growth targeting) is compatible with price stability. Asset allocators need to be short interest rate duration or, if you have to be exposed to this risk, hire a smart duration manager – they can be hard to find. Few people can consistently call rate changes right.

If this base case plays out, my seventh thought is that global equities will face tremendous headwinds as long-term risk-free rates (that is, government bond yields) mean-revert back to some semblance of normality, which means yields 50 per cent to 100 per cent higher than current marks. Recall that the 10-year government bond yield is an essential input as the underpinning for the discount rates in the valuation models for all listed and unlisted equity and real estate markets.

Sell ‘beta’ buy ‘alpha’

This insight furnishes an eighth idea, which is sell equity “beta” and buy “alpha”, as I advocated last year. Aussie shares (beta) have declined over the year to date while market-neutral and long-short hedge funds (alpha) have delivered terrific returns (at least the guys that I invest with have). This dynamic is unlikely to change.

In the more immediate term (over the next, say, one to two years), I like “spread” assets as the search for yield will remain a critical influence over investor behaviour as long as deposits do not offer any material “real” returns above inflation and equities continues to get hammered. One example is major bank subordinated bonds, which currently trade very cheaply on a global basis despite the majors being among the best capitalised banks globally, care of $33 billion of equity origination over the last 12 months. The credit ratings on major banks’ subordinated debt are on par with the senior bonds issued by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley or Citigroup, and I think there is a decent chance they will get upgraded to the “A” band next year if Standard & Poor’s lifts the majors’ stand-alone credit profiles from “a” to “a+”, as it has signalled it may do.

A final thought is that if the world is once again forced to choose between elevated interest rates and high and volatile inflation, there is a possibility that the value of paper money will atrophy as a credible medium of exchange. This could precipitate a flight to safety in the form of a resurgence in the demand for gold as a hedge against the debasement of money by governments using the printing press to finance their own deficits.





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How to choose the right business laptop #start #a #business

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Best laptops for business 2016: Best laptops for UK business, choosing from Windows laptops vs Macbooks vs Chromebooks vs tablets

What is the best laptop for business? We find the best laptops for business 2016. Best laptops from Windows laptops vs Macbooks vs Chromebooks vs tablets. Advice on buying laptops for your business. (See also: 8 best powerful laptops for business .)

1. Best laptops for business: Budget Windows laptop

Almost every business will plump for a budget Windows lappy. and almost every business is right to do so. For a little over 200 you can pick up a perfectly serviceable, no frills notebook that will run all Windows software and connect to the web. Basically, it will do what you need it to do, without looking sexy. Potential down sides include weight and heft, life away from the mains. Cheap laptops don’t tend to have great battery life. Also you will need security software, and beware a cheap display that reflects the strip lights of your local Starbucks.

2. Best laptop for business: Ultrabook

Like a budget laptop, only better. And more expensive. Ultrabook is an Intel term for a thin-and-light Windows laptop that offers powerful performance and true portability. Other features might include a touchscreen, or tablet functionality. Ultrabooks offer all of the advantages of any Windows laptops, and more. But they are not cheap. In fact, at this price you may as well plump for a Macbook.

3. Best laptops for business: Macbook

Macbooks are what Ultrabooks are templated on. Sleek, portable, powerful. expensive. But generally great. There is no nicer laptop to use than a Macbook Pro. No more portable laptop than a Macbook Air. And running OS X means you have less to worry about on the security front. Down sides? Well price is one. Lack of Windows compatibility the other. But if you must have a Windows laptop, and price is not a major consideration, you can always run Windows on your Macbook.

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4. Best laptops for business: Chromebook

The joker in the pack. Chromebooks are laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS. In essence, they use Google Docs, Gmail and other Google tools instead of Windows or Mac software. You can use them when offline, but really they need a regular connection to the web to work. But Chromebooks are super cheap, as well as stylish and powerful. And there are no real security worries. Just don’t use a Chromebook if you need to use Windows, Office or any other Microsoft software. (Or games.) (For more, see: Review: Dell Chromebook 13 .)

5. Best laptops for business: Linux laptop

Another option if you can escape the world of Windows or OS X is Linux. A quick Google Shopping search throws up multiple laptops from the likes of Lenovo, HP and Acer that run on a Linux OS. Linux OSes vary, but in general the open source software is similar to Windows in look, feel and functionality. And being open source it can be tweaked to suit your business’ needs. There is no software licence fee, so the same hardware is often cheaper running Linux that it is Windows or OS X. And you don’t have the same security needs as you do in Windows. But compatiblity is an issue, with both software and other devices. Choice is limited. And you will get funny looks off your colleagues.

6. Best laptops for business: tablet

Microsoft would have you believe that the Surface Pro is the tablet that can replace your laptop. Apple makes similar claims about the iPad Pro. And there are myriad Windows tablets trying to squeeze in to the space. The truth is that if your major concern is portability, the Surface Pro in particular is a stunning device. Just expect to get what you pay for, and understand that the best laptop for using on your lap will always be. a laptop. (See also: iPad Pro vs Surface Pro for business .)

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North American Bancard – Tips for Giving the Best Business Gifts #business #loans #for

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Many business owners send greeting cards and corporate gifts to show gratitude to clients and business partners. These gifts are often useless and end up being thrown away or regifted. The purpose of the gift is to standout and remind the individual about you or your brand long after the holidays.

Here are eight tips, from Entrepreneur. to help you select a gift that will leave an impression:

1. Make it useful. Give people something they can use throughout the year. Desk calendars, pens, small flashlights and letter openers are great examples of items every business person could use.

2. Give your product. Skip the shopping and extra spending, and give your product as a gift. It allows you to show gratitude while promoting your business.

3. Make a donation. Create goodwill by making charitable donations in the names of your business partners. An added bonus is the tax writeoff.

4. Look for exchanges. Ask other businesses about exchanging products and services. This will reduce costs, result in better gifts and serve as a marketing tool. Some companies you may want to talk to include movie theaters, restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment venues.

5. Personalize it. Include your business name on the corporate gifts you give. There is nothing wrong with branding the items you give to your business partners.

6. Spread it around. Give a gift that employees can benefit from. They are often left out while the owners and managers get all the corporate gifts.

7. Keep it simple. While it can be tempting, it is best not to go overboard. Remember that gift giving is a marketing strategy and does not need to cost you a lot of money. Be sincere and tactful in your gift choices.

8. Keep it healthy. Everyone loves treats, but too many sweet snacks go around during the holidays. There is no need to add to the cookies and chocolates your business partners are already receiving. The fall from a sugar rush can negatively impact businesses. If you want to send something edible, make sure it’s healthy.

Gift giving during the holiday season is a great gesture for business partners. Be sure to be reasonable, choosing items that are useful, cost-effective and serve to market your business.





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A Rant About Asking People if They Are “Busy” – Red Hot – Business

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A Rant About Asking People if They Are “Busy”

A Rant About Asking People if They Are “Busy”

I have a request that will help you and your fellow business owners….

Stop asking people if they are busy to see how they are.

We ask people this as if them responding with a “yes” is a good thing?

I don t know anyone who truly wants to feel busy. “Busy” normally goes along with feeling over-worked, tired and stressed out, it usually means not being relaxed and surviving on adrenaline. I don’t know anyone that really enjoys those feelings on an ongoing basis (and I certainly don’t like it either).

I do like to feel challenged though. I do like to feel that I m in demand. I do like to feel that I have a good flow of business to keep me profitable. I like to feel that I’ve got things under control and be relaxed about it (even when I’m working hard).

To me, Busy is a dirty four letter word. We are trained from an early age that busy is a great definition of success Because if we re busy then we must be successful, right? It s not true though. Busy is NOT a sign of success. Busy might mean that we have a lot of clients or work on, but it’s very easy to be busy yet not be profitable. And it s easy to be busy and profitable and still not be happy!

In my observation from coaching hundreds of business owners most are too busy. Their business runs them. So a better question might be How s business? or How s everything working out?” Let’s break the curse of ‘busy being a good thing in business.





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Avery WePrint Business Cards

Ordered business cards. Love Avery design tool. The cards turned out wonderful. I had them print and they look amazing. Price was competitive too. Google Trusted Store Review (June 4, 2016)

Easy to create business cards that included my own image and text. Quality is nice. Google Trusted Store Review (April 30, 2016)

I received an email from them with a layout problem. They corrected it, printed it and shipped before I had a chance to respond! The cards were perfect, just how I had hoped they would turn out. Google Trusted Store Review (April 24, 2016)

The quality of the finished product from Avery WePrint was awesome, the design tool was easy to use and the customer service rep was very helpful with my questions about production/shipping deadlines. Will definitely use again. Google Trusted Store Review (December 14, 2015)

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