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How to Buy a Business With Seller Financing
Advertising and publishing veteran Janelle Regotti was looking for a business to buy. The right opportunity presented itself last year when she found Guide Publishing, a company that distributes a quarterly resource guide for Northeast Ohio seniors.
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4 Smart Moves to Protect Against Financial Disaster
Eighteen months ago, Jessica was living a lifestyle most people only dream about -- debt-free, hundreds of thousands in the bank, owner of a kick-ass retail business and a net worth approaching eight digits. Then she got sued. Now she hardly sleeps.
- Jun 1 20162 minutes
We Don’t Want Your Money
Large enterprise customers can be enticing—but they can upend your product, your staff, and the stability of your business
- Mar 1 20172 minutes
Surviving Your Customer Breakup
It’s easy to let yourself rely on big, lucrative clients. But what happens if they ditch you?
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How Money Rates Colleges
To make our first cut, colleges must have 500 or more full-time undergraduates and a six-year graduation rate of at least the median for their type (public or private). We also screened out schools with low grades from bond-rating agencies and those
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
Who’s Picking up the Education Tab?
THE PROBLEM of skyrocketing college costs is, by at least some measures, even worse than we thought. The total amount of outstanding student debt has roughly tripled in the past decade, creeping toward $1.3 trillion, and 1 in 10 borrowers is now eith
- Dec 5 20162 minutes
After the financial crisis, Congress and regulators put in place rules designed to make the banking system safer. Here’s where they stand now—and how President-elect Trump and a Republican Congress might change them.
- Aug 1 20142 minutes
How to Handle Large Changes in Sales Volume
The easiest way to wrest back control over a roller-coaster sales cycle is by managing the pricing of your products or services.
- Oct 1 20132 minutes
How to Avoid 3 Common Budget Pitfalls
Let me guess: Your profit and loss (P/L) statement has been in the black for months, yet a quick look at your bank statement tells you that you've got only enough money in the bank to cover four--maybe six--weeks of operations. Don't fret, my friend.
- Jul 1 20152 minutes
Why You Should Keep Your Personal and Professional Finances Separate
Some entrepreneurs pour everything they have into their business: their home equity, life savings and untold amounts of blood, sweat and tears. From my perspective—as a middle-aged, recently divorced business owner raising three teenage boys by mysel
- Feb 1 20161 minute
3 Reasons the Bank Yanked Your Credit Line -- and How to Fix the Problem
It's a serious wake-up call, but it won't be the end of your business. Let's figure out what went wrong.
- Dec 12 20163 minutes
Banks? Not My Problem Now!
After a defeat, Italy’s Matteo Renzi will leave the quandary of ailing lenders unsolved | It’s “a huge drag on growth, but it won’t solve itself spontaneously”
- Nov 1 20142 minutes
Need a Loan? Let's Look at Your LinkedIn Profile First.
The startup Earnest, which has $15 million in financing from big-name investors, has an alternative way of determining who qualifies for a personal loan.
- Sep 26 20162 minutes
Negative Rates Get a Second Look
WHILE THE ODDS THAT THE FEDERAL Reserve will hike interest rates soon have fallen recently, so too has the likelihood that it will turn to another unpopular strategy to address the ailing economy: negative rates. Negative yields, which are particula
- Dec 19 20163 minutes
Jpmorgan Traders Get Into Property Deals
They’re making risky loans as commercial banks show caution | “A smart lender can step up and find an opportunity”
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
The Financial World’s Rotten Culture Is Still a Threat—to All of Us
SOMETIMES IT TAKES A GROUP of economists to confirm reality. Last year, a team of German academics released a study on the effects of major financial crises on politics, examining 800 elections over 140 years in 20 advanced economies. They found that
- Oct 24 20163 minutes
Where the Next Crisis Will Come From
Next year ends in a 7. If you’re superstitious or a little loose with statistics, that makes us due for another financial crisis. The biggest one-day stock drop in Wall Street history happened in 1987. The Asian crisis was in 1997. And the worst glob
- Nov 1 20161 minute
The Best Bank For You
FEES ARE UP, AND INTEREST PAYOUTS ARE MICROSCOPIC—BUT YOU’VE GOT BETTER OPTIONS THAN EVER TO HELP YOU BEAT THE AVERAGES, MONEY’S ANNUAL SURVEY FINDS. AND THIS YEAR’S WINNERS ARE …
- Oct 1 20131 minute
The Best Way to Buy a Company Car
Ask three business owners the best way to pay for a company vehicle, and you'll likely get three different answers: buy, finance or lease. Jonathan Crandall, who runs J.C. Landscaping in Danvers, Mass., is a big believer in holding out for financing
- Dec 1 20161 minute
Creating Smart Tools
JOAN CAPLIN WHEN ODYSSEAS PAPADIMITRIOU left home for college in the U.S., he had every intention of returning. Greece was gearing up for the 2004 Olympics, and the economy was booming. But then he saw the chance to gain more experience by way of a
- May 1 20162 minutes
Back to the Banks
Difficult and time-consuming as they are to find, sometimes a good old-fashioned bank loan is what you need
- Sep 1 20141 minute
Peace of Mind
A: Zzz, what? Oh yeah, insurance--a boring topic until the day it saves your business from destruction or lets your startup idea get off the ground. Just ask home-sharing company Airbnb or car service Lyft, which were stuck in their tracks until they
- Feb 1 20173 minutes
The Early-Bird Dividend
PROCRASTINATORS, LISTEN UP. By checking certain financial tasks off your to-do list now instead of leaving them for the last minute, you won’t just feel better—you’ll also bank some serious coin. Contribute to an IRA in January instead of next April,
- Mar 6 20173 minutes
If Not Dodd-Frank, Then ... What?
Republicans’ big idea to keep banks safe is too soft for Democrats and too strict for banks | “The U.S. banking system does not need even more capital”
- Aug 8 20162 minutes
Brazil’s President was suspended amid charges of manipulating government accounts. She talks about her impeachment trial, political misogyny and why she likely won’t be going to the Olympic opening ceremonies
- Mar 1 20172 minutes
X-Ray: Goldman Sachs
Perhaps no institution benefited more from Donald Trump’s election than the investment bank he flayed during the campaign as the very symbol of economic globalism. Goldman Sachs shares have soared since Trump’s win on hopes of more stimulus spending,
- Oct 1 20162 minutes
X-Ray: Oakmark International
Named Morningstar’s foreign-equity manager of the decade in 2010, David Herro has looked more like a dud of late, as Oakmark International (OAKIX), on our MONEY 50 recommended list, has ranked in the bottom 10% of its peers over the past three years.
- Feb 1 20132 minutes
Online Platform Connects Entrepreneurs With Local Lenders
Candace Klein knows firsthand how hard it is to raise startup funds. When she needed capital for her first business, Bad Girl Ventures, a microfinance organization for Cincinnati women-owned businesses, she tapped several relatives--a move that led t
- May 1 20165 minutes
Budget Boot Camp
National kung fu champion Sarah Carson spends her days making pretty dresses–a onetime hobby she has turned into a $6 million business. But she had to overcome some tight money squeezes along the way
- Jun 1 20152 minutes
How the First Artist Bank Is Catering to Creatives
“Most artists can concentrate for about three minutes in a business meeting before they’re doodling or writing song lyrics in the corner of the paper,” says Dave Stewart. Best known as one-half of ’80s pop duo Eurythmics (with singer Annie Lennox), S