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October 16, 2019

Reflecting on the “Why”

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Reflecting on the “Why” As the saying goes; business owners and leaders must take time to work on our businesses as well as in them. But that misses the deeper point. “Do you question what you are doing?” and “Why are you doing it?” Why is not just an important question in business. It is an important question in life. As Abraham Maslow points out, self-actualisation is our highest need. We all want to be
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Why money is just a small part of the finance? In October 1997, I knew that an overlooked and misunderstood financial instrument (zero interest coupon bonds) would open a whole new world of finance for businesses. So began a three-year odyssey around the financial houses of the world looking for the capital to back my idea. The idea was too new, and most people couldn’t or wouldn’t grasp it. Though history records that the outcome
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Return to sender – or the right finance? You choose. The rate of innovation and change – in all facets of life – is getting faster. Old business “truths” are proving unstable. Newer, once heretical, trends are emerging Negative interest ratesStagnant wage growthA desperate level of central bank funded liquidity Efficiency and technology are the new game. Chat bots pop up on websites trying to guide purchase decisions. Personal or impersonal, human or robot, you
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Lending is more than just money The critical questions in lending are what and who are you lending to. Without knowing that, and addressing fundamental issues such as: What exactly is the money being used for? And is that the most efficient way to finance the opportunity?Who are the business’s leaders?What are the business’s prospects? How can a lender assess the critical cost dimensions of the funds: risk & security? Expect what you inspect The
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Safeguards in a slowing economy Business leaders are custodians of shareholder wealth. It is their job to build and safeguard that wealth. That means not just managing today but looking forward: identifying opportunities and threats. It’s about making and enacting plans that leverage opportunities and minimise threats. In a slowing economy, prudent leaders are paying especial attention to potholes, danger points and security. The best security – your customers First and foremost, look to your
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