Monthly Archives: October 2017

Small Business Finance Loan/Loans Options

Just picture your firm having access to all the working capital you need. Seem impossible? Not really… if you have a solid understanding of your options and your firms capability of qualifying or executing on those options.

Whether you’re the largest corporation in Canada or a small new start up (and everything in between) your business needs working capital. In Canada small business financing loans and financing arraignments for working capital are limited to a handful of possibilities – but being aware of what they are and qualifying for them could be the solution to your constant focus on cash flow via some sort of working capital loan.

It is probably easier than you think to ensure you are addressing the cash flow challenge correctly – where it gets somewhat ‘ thorny ‘ is matching a solution to the problem or locating an expert that can provide you with the business financing assistance you need.

Two key elements of your first step working capital assessment are your gross margins and your turnover. That’s the big problem we have with text book / academic solutions to working capital – they point you to the text book calculation – give you a formula which essentially has you subtracting current liabilities form current assets, and voila! the inference is you have working capital. However, our clients have never paid a supplier or completed a company payroll with a ratio!

To properly assess your working capital needs focus on understanding your turnover – how much inventory do you carry, what are the days outstanding in inventory, and as importantly, or more importantly, are your receivables turning over. Have you realized that for many firms 80% or so of the total of all the business assets you have are tied up in A/R, inventory, and, on the other size of the balance sheet let’s not forget payables.

So can you have financial success based on your new found knowledge and analysis of your cash flow and asset turnover. We think you can.

Canadian business financing solutions to small business finance loans really revolve around a couple viable solutions. Typically, in our experience Canadian chartered banks cant satisfy your business working capital needs – if only for the reason that they rarely finance inventory and require significant merit in your overall financials, profitability, external collateral, personal credit worthiness, etc.

So, where do you go from there? The other solutions are very viable and can take you to a potential 100% turn around in cash flow – they include working capital financing as a bundled line of credit on a/r and inventory via an independent finance company. For firms that are larger we believe the ultimate tool is an asset based line o f credit that provides high leverage margining on all you business assets. Other more esoteric solutions, but still very viable although somewhat misunderstood are securitization, and purchase order financing of new contracts and orders. (Your suppliers are paid directly for the orders you have in hand – what could be better than that?)

Finally, coming up the road at lightening speed is factoring and invoice discounting. We mention them lastly but they are probably the most popular method, gaining traction everyday. Our favorite is confidential invoice financing, allowing you to control your financing.

So there you have it. You have identified new ways to determine the need; we have outlined 4 or 5 solutions that will take the guess work out of working capital. These loan and financing options are available with a bit of research, and, if you choose, speak to a Canadian business financing advisor who can provide you with timely and valuable assistance in your cash flow needs.

Car Finance Loans

The motor car has become an integral component of modern life. If the time has come for you to invest in a new vehicle, it may be necessary for you to receive financial assistance to be able to take ownership of the model that you desire. Thankfully, there are countless lenders who offer car finance loans, before you put your name to any contract, it is important to know how to get the best terms and conditions.

Very few people can afford to buy a vehicle outright, especially if it is a showroom model. It has become common place to take out automobile loans whenever we want a new car. An auto loan is basically the same as other lines of credit, you sign up for a contract through which the lender provides “x” amount of money, and you then agree to pay back a certain amount each month with interest added.

An automobile loan is available to the majority of US citizens, a long as the applicant fulfills certain eligibility requirements. This includes more than just being an American citizen, there would also be an expectation that applicants are eighteen or older, and in full time employment.

If you have already been turned down for a loan by a few lenders, it is important to not get disheartened. Thanks to the internet, there are new lenders operating who are less strict about who they provide credit to.

As with any type of loan, the type of deals that are available do vary. One of the most important considerations is the rate of interest that is offered, as this can have a big impact on how much money is paid back each month. It is certainly worth making the effort to find the best rates, a car loan that comes with more than ten per cent interest is best to be avoided, that is unless there is no other option.

Various factors will impact upon what type of loan deal you are offered. Your credit rating is one of the most important issues, if you have a long history of making loan repayments late, this will not allow you to be seen in a positive light when applying for a new facility. Also, your age, the down payment you give for the vehicle, and your monthly income will all be factored in.

If you plan on buying a vehicle from a showroom, the dealer may offer you their own finance package. This is usually an option worth exploring, but generally better terms and conditions can be had independently. If you are on good terms with your local bank, you can ask whether they will provide the facility that you need, if not, a credit union may be the next best option.

Mortgage Financing Loans

What types of mortgage financing loans are available?

Fixed Rate Mortgage Loans: Payments remain the same for the life of the loan. Housing cost remains unaffected by interest rate changes and inflation. Adjustable Rate Mortgage Loans: Payments increase or decrease on a regular schedule with changes in interest rates; increases subject to limits.

Is there special mortgage financing for first-time homebuyers?

Yes. Lenders now offer several affordable mortgage financing loans that can help first-time homebuyers overcome obstacles such as bad credit. Lenders may now be able to help borrowers who don’t have a lot of money for the down payment and closing costs or have quite a bit of long-term debt.

What factors affect mortgage loan payments?

The amount of the mortgage financing, the size of the down payment, the interest rate, the length of the repayment term and payment schedule will all affect the size of your loan payment. So will a low credit score in that it will put your mortgage financing at a higher rate.

How does the interest rate factor in securing mortgage financing?

A lower interest rate allows you to borrow more money than a high rate with the same monthly payment. Interest rates can fluctuate as you shop for bad credit mortgage financing, so ask lenders if they offer a rate “lock-in” which guarantees a specific interest rate for a certain period.

How large of a down payment do I need?

There are mortgage financing loans now available that only require a down payment of 5% or less of the purchase price. But the larger the down payment, the less you have to borrow, and the more equity you’ll have. Mortgages with less than a 20% down payment generally require a mortgage insurance policy.