No matter the company or its business mode, each has trade secrets that they must protect. A trade secret is a process that provides a company with a competitive advantage. Examples can vary from a formula to customer lists to a streamlined distribution model. There are at least a few procedures you can use to … More Tips on Protecting Your Trade Secret
Often when the word “asset” is mentioned, the first thought that comes to mind is Cash, or Accounts Receivable, or Inventory, or Furniture, or Tools, etc. This is certainly not without merit but other things, objects, or tangibles can be assets as well. For example, this “other” asset can also be the person or persons … More People Are Assets, Too!
There are many types of asset-based loan financing options that investors can offer and assist with. With a “hard money” loan the project promoter would receive funding based upon and secured by the value of an asset, which in this case would be real estate/land parcel. The interest rate is higher for such loans, which … More Getting a Business Loan – Should You Go Hard or Swinging?
It has become quite common in these days of economic turmoil to hear and read about companies that are struggling. It is with this understanding that we want to outline a few points that we believe can help someone determine if a company is in fact struggling. The first point to review is the group’s … More How to Tell If A Company is Struggling – The Warning Signs
Further to the recent financial crisis, it is agreed that investment vehicles that are highly leveraged with little security may be gone forever in organized covered markets. Of course, whenever something is taken away it is replaced by something new. That new tool here is the covered bond. The long-term debt securities of covered bonds … More The Name’s Bond – Covered Bond.
There are projects that exist where the project’s owner/promoter has acquired an “exclusive” license to commercialize a product and/or service. Although the costs incurred by this person could be seen as an equity contribution to the project, the license itself, or value thereof, most of the time will not be. An example would be that … More What’s an “Exclusive License” and How Does it Work?
Though both Merchant Banking Institutions and Investment Banks contain the word “bank,” neither is actually a bank in the traditional terms where one would normally perform such activities as checking and savings accounts. In fact, at their core, they are quite different types of financial institutions that perform otherwise different services. Investment banks, on the … More Investment Banking vs Merchant Banking
Being able to realize one’s idea, expand a small business, or grow the capital assets of a company are three distinct challenges in their own right and can be difficult to accomplish. Early stage equity funding can help a small business with this particular obstacle. The need for early stage equity funding is meant to … More Defining Early Stage Equity Finance
As-Is-Where-Is value in business means exactly that. It is also a crucial clarification that must be made at the onset of every deal to be undertaken. When defining the statement “As-is Where-is,” it is simply the state in which the company or project currently stands without the inclusion of additional assets or liabilities as of … More The Value of As-Is-Where-Is
The term “Economical Viability” is not a phrase heard on a daily basis, outside of a few certain financial circles. That said, they are heard quite often, though separately. Therefore, to define this term let’s first view them individually. “Economical” (or economic) is generally associated with being careful, efficient, and prudent; thereby operating with little … More Defining “Economic Viability”