Business Loans In Canada: Financing Solutions Via Alternative Finance & Traditional Funding

Business loans and finance for a business just may have gotten good again? The pursuit of credit and funding of cash flow solutions for your business often seems like an eternal challenge, even in the best of times, let alone any industry or economic crisis. Let’s dig in.

Since the 2008 financial crisis there’s been a lot of change in finance options from lenders for corporate loans. Canadian business owners and financial managers have excess from everything from peer-to-peer company loans, varied alternative finance solutions, as well of course as the traditional financing offered by Canadian chartered banks.

Those online business loans referenced above are popular and arose out of the merchant cash advance programs in the United States. Loans are based on a percentage of your annual sales, typically in the 15-20% range. The loans are certainly expensive but are viewed as easy to obtain by many small businesses, including retailers who sell on a cash or credit card basis.

Depending on your firm’s circumstances and your ability to truly understand the different choices available to firms searching for SME COMMERCIAL FINANCE options. Those small to medium sized companies ( the definition of ‘ small business ‘ certainly varies as to what is small – often defined as businesses with less than 500 employees! )

How then do we create our road map for external financing techniques and solutions? A simpler way to look at it is to categorize these different financing options under:

Debt / Loans

Asset Based Financing

Alternative Hybrid type solutions

Many top experts maintain that the alternative financing solutions currently available to your firm, in fact are on par with Canadian chartered bank financing when it comes to a full spectrum of funding. The alternative lender is typically a private commercial finance company with a niche in one of the various asset finance areas

If there is one significant trend that’s ‘ sticking ‘it’s Asset Based Finance. The ability of firms to obtain funding via assets such as accounts receivable, inventory and fixed assets with no major emphasis on balance sheet structure and profits and cash flow ( those three elements drive bank financing approval in no small measure ) is the key to success in ABL ( Asset Based Lending ).

Factoring, aka ‘ Receivable Finance ‘ is the other huge driver in trade finance in Canada. In some cases, it’s the only way for firms to be able to sell and finance clients in other geographies/countries.

The rise of ‘ online finance ‘ also can’t be diminished. Whether it’s accessing ‘ crowdfunding’ or sourcing working capital term loans, the technological pace continues at what seems a feverish pace. One only has to read a business daily such as the Globe & Mail or Financial Post to understand the challenge of small business accessing business capital.

Business owners/financial mgrs often find their company at a ‘ turning point ‘ in their history – that time when financing is needed or opportunities and risks can’t be taken. While putting or getting new equity in the business is often impossible, the reality is that the majority of businesses with SME commercial finance needs aren’t, shall we say, ‘ suited’ to this type of funding and capital raising. Business loan interest rates vary with non-traditional financing but offer more flexibility and ease of access to capital.

We’re also the first to remind clients that they should not forget govt solutions in business capital. Two of the best programs are the GovernmentSmall Business Loan Canada (maximum availability = $ 1,000,000.00) as well as the SR&ED program which allows business owners to recapture R&D capital costs. Sred credits can also be financed once they are filed.

Those latter two finance alternatives are often very well suited to business start up loans. We should not forget that asset finance, often called ‘ ABL ‘ by those Bay Street guys, can even be used as a loan to buy a business.

If you’re looking to get the right balance of liquidity and risk coupled with the flexibility to grow your business seek out and speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor with a track record of business finance success who can assist you with your funding needs.

SPDN: An Inexpensive Way To Profit When The S&P 500 Falls

Summary
SPDN is not the largest or oldest way to short the S&P 500, but it’s a solid choice.
This ETF uses a variety of financial instruments to target a return opposite that of the S&P 500 Index.
SPDN’s 0.49% Expense Ratio is nearly half that of the larger, longer-tenured -1x Inverse S&P 500 ETF.
Details aside, the potential continuation of the equity bear market makes single-inverse ETFs an investment segment investor should be familiar with.
We rate SPDN a Strong Buy because we believe the risks of a continued bear market greatly outweigh the possibility of a quick return to a bull market.
Put a gear stick into R position, (Reverse).
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By Rob Isbitts

Summary
The S&P 500 is in a bear market, and we don’t see a quick-fix. Many investors assume the only way to navigate a potentially long-term bear market is to hide in cash, day-trade or “just hang in there” while the bear takes their retirement nest egg.

The Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X ETF (NYSEARCA:SPDN) is one of a class of single-inverse ETFs that allow investors to profit from down moves in the stock market.

SPDN is an unleveraged, liquid, low-cost way to either try to hedge an equity portfolio, profit from a decline in the S&P 500, or both. We rate it a Strong Buy, given our concern about the intermediate-term outlook for the global equity market.

Strategy
SPDN keeps it simple. If the S&P 500 goes up by X%, it should go down by X%. The opposite is also expected.

Proprietary ETF Grades
Offense/Defense: Defense

Segment: Inverse Equity

Sub-Segment: Inverse S&P 500

Correlation (vs. S&P 500): Very High (inverse)

Expected Volatility (vs. S&P 500): Similar (but opposite)

Holding Analysis
SPDN does not rely on shorting individual stocks in the S&P 500. Instead, the managers typically use a combination of futures, swaps and other derivative instruments to create a portfolio that consistently aims to deliver the opposite of what the S&P 500 does.

Strengths
SPDN is a fairly “no-frills” way to do what many investors probably wished they could do during the first 9 months of 2022 and in past bear markets: find something that goes up when the “market” goes down. After all, bonds are not the answer they used to be, commodities like gold have, shall we say, lost their luster. And moving to cash creates the issue of making two correct timing decisions, when to get in and when to get out. SPDN and its single-inverse ETF brethren offer a liquid tool to use in a variety of ways, depending on what a particular investor wants to achieve.

Weaknesses
The weakness of any inverse ETF is that it does the opposite of what the market does, when the market goes up. So, even in bear markets when the broader market trend is down, sharp bear market rallies (or any rallies for that matter) in the S&P 500 will cause SPDN to drop as much as the market goes up.

Opportunities
While inverse ETFs have a reputation in some circles as nothing more than day-trading vehicles, our own experience with them is, pardon the pun, exactly the opposite! We encourage investors to try to better-understand single inverse ETFs like SPDN. While traders tend to gravitate to leveraged inverse ETFs (which actually are day-trading tools), we believe that in an extended bear market, SPDN and its ilk could be a game-saver for many portfolios.

Threats
SPDN and most other single inverse ETFs are vulnerable to a sustained rise in the price of the index it aims to deliver the inverse of. But that threat of loss in a rising market means that when an investor considers SPDN, they should also have a game plan for how and when they will deploy this unique portfolio weapon.

Proprietary Technical Ratings
Short-Term Rating (next 3 months): Strong Buy

Long-Term Rating (next 12 months): Buy

Conclusions
ETF Quality Opinion
SPDN does what it aims to do, and has done so for over 6 years now. For a while, it was largely-ignored, given the existence of a similar ETF that has been around much longer. But the more tenured SPDN has become, the more attractive it looks as an alternative.

ETF Investment Opinion

SPDN is rated Strong Buy because the S&P 500 continues to look as vulnerable to further decline. And, while the market bottomed in mid-June, rallied, then waffled since that time, our proprietary macro market indicators all point to much greater risk of a major decline from this level than a fast return to bull market glory. Thus, SPDN is at best a way to exploit and attack the bear, and at worst a hedge on an otherwise equity-laden portfolio.

The 6 Benefits Of Receiving Full Nutrition

It seems as though everyone is concerned about their diets; what they eat, why they shouldn’t eat other foods, and what full nutrition really is. It is not surprising really as statistics show that inactivity and unhealthy eating contribute to over 300,000 deaths every year in the United States. The high saturated fat, sugar, sodium and low in fruits, veggies, calcium and fiber diets are very unhealthy and increase risks of several diseases. The body therefore requires a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, calcium, whole gains and fiber. Read on and discover more on the importance of proper nutrition for a healthy lifestyle.1. Muscle-tissue building and maintenance
Having full nutrition is vital in helping foster the growth of body lean muscle tissues and helps in its maintenance. The body’s muscle mass is such an incredibly energy-demanding tissue, meaning that, the more you have, the higher the body’s metabolism. There is no better way of weight management than body muscle mass building as far as a healthy weight is concerned. Proper nutrition allows you all this, and in addition, if you succeed in building more body muscles and maintain your weight, you will be in a position to avoid all other sorts of diseases related to obesity.2. Reduced Health Risks associated with diets
Proper full nutrition means a balanced-diet that includes a variety of healthy foods. Researchers have gone ahead and provided suggestions and guides to the best foods; “food pyramid” that entails grains, cheese, meat, vegetables, grains, fruits, oils and beans that provide all nutrients and vitamins the body requires. These should however be taken at appropriate and equal amounts from each of the food-group every day. With the right diet that provides good nutrition therefore, you can reduce the risks of certain health problems. Such health issues include high blood pressure, high body cholesterol, type 2-diabetes, heart disease, several types of cancer and stroke among other problems that are associated with improper nutrition.3. Enhances Your Immune System
A full nutrition diet helps in enhancing your immune system and this prevents you from frequent short illnesses. Every day, you come across a number of stressors, from your work place, to exercise-stress to financial stress, all these take a toll on the immune system of your body. Through feeding your body’s immune system with high quality nutrients you will definitely ensure that it stays strong and makes you feel much better every day. Veggies and fruits are especially very vital for your immune system health, be sure therefore to load-up these in your diet.4. Little Helpers of the body
Adequate full nutrition acts as helpers of the body. The body requires minerals and vitamins but in small quantities only. These function as co-enzymes meaning that they help a lot with chemical reactions. For instance, Vitamin B complex is important in burning carbohydrates; the body’s source of energy. Vitamin A is needed for good vision and Vitamin C helps to keep connective body tissues strong and the immune system functioning. Minerals such as Zinc contribute to metabolic processes. Healthy balanced diets provide the body with lots of minerals and vitamins, therefore, your diet should have adequate quantities of these body helpers.5. Manage Weight
Good nutrition is paramount in body weight management. While the quality of foods in your diet is important, the quantity matters also. To avoid weight gain, or to shed off some pounds, then choose the kind of foods that is low in fats, especially saturated fat. According to nutrition specialists, one extra gram of fat adds about 9calories to your food diet. Choosing low fat meats veggies and fruits keep the calories count down in the body. You can even reduce calories further in the body by limiting yourself to less drinks and snacks as well that are loaded with lots of sugar.6. Improve general health
Apart from lowering your vulnerability to several serious medical problems, maintaining full nutrition has a lot of other health benefits. Nutrition specialists explain that one has more energy and is able to delay aging effects and maintains a healthy skin by having proper nutrition. In addition to this, other benefits include healthy teeth and disease resistance.Giving your body full nutrition is a vital element in leading a healthy lifestyle and its importance is unquestionable. In fact, nutritionists agree that the formula for a healthy and fit body is; 10% exercise, 10%genetics and 80% nutrition. You cannot control the genetics, but you surely can control the 90%.