As a business owner, you know that managing cash flow is a fine balancing act. On the one hand, you want to invest your money in a way that shows returns, but on the other hand, you need liquid capital to pay salaries and settle your rent on a monthly basis.
According to a study done by CB Insights, running out of cash is the second most common reason for new businesses failing. No matter what stage of maturity your business is in, be it a start-up or the business your grandfather started, cash flow is a common concern.
In your business, you experience cash flow highs, along with cash flow lows – but how do you manage to build an investment portfolio which can grow in value, but can also be turned to capital on a dime? The answer is by investing in Krugerrands.
Krugerrands can offer a business owner the benefits of an appreciating asset over time, with the near liquidity of cash in the bank, making this investment option very attractive to a business owner who needs to navigate his options on a daily basis.
Here are five reasons why the Krugerrand is the perfect investment for a business owner:
1. Krugerrands are an easy way of trading in Gold
Krugerrands were originally minted to make investing in Gold a reality for the man in the street. The purpose of the coin is to be traded without hassle by any level of investor, from the first time through to the experienced buyer and seller.
Trading in Krugerrands is a simple way of kick starting or growing, your investment portfolio. Where many investment options require a great deal of knowledge, skill and time – the lack of which could run inexperienced investors into trouble – buying Krugerrands is a very easy and cost-effective way to invest in Gold.
2. Gold can be an ideal Rand hedge
A Krugerrand is simply Gold bullion minted in the form of a one-ounce coin (or smaller denominations thereof). When you are trading in Krugerrands you are trading in Gold, which historically has been one of the best-performing and most stable precious metals in the world – and in South Africa’s current economic climate, stability is key.
Krugerrands can be an ideal hedge in a portfolio, because while the Rand depreciates, a pattern we’ve seen over years, Gold remains an internationally traded commodity which is quoted in US Dollars and as such is not affected by the instability of the Rand.
Krugerrands, therefore, ring-fence the value of the portfolio and reduce the risk of adverse price movements due to the Rand depreciating.
The impact of this relationship between the Gold price and the depreciation of the Rand can be clearly seen in the graphs below which display the price of Gold in US Dollars next to the price of Gold in SA Rands over the last 5 years. Looking at the devaluation of the Rand we see how Krugerrands have been a solid investment over the last 5 years.
3. You can trade in increments
The Krugerrand can be bought and sold in increments of an ounce, including one-half, one-quarter and one-tenth of an ounce.
This makes investing in Gold more affordable for a business owner whose investment capital value is fluid from one day to the next. The price of the trade is calculated according to the price of Gold on that specific day. For daily updates on Krugerrand pricing, please visit Mr. Kruger’s pricing page.
4. Krugerrands can be quickly and easily converted into cash
Krugerrands are the easiest way of dealing in Gold bullion. The coins can be traded in at any registered numismatic dealer. Make sure that your supplier is approved by the South African Mint or is a member of the South African Association of Numismatic Dealers.
When shopping for a reputable gold bullion specialist, consider a business that both buys and sells Krugerrands, and offers safe storage all at a fair price.
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5. Krugerrands are internationally the most recognisable and widely traded Gold coins in the World.
Krugerrands are one of the oldest Gold bullion coins in the world; a feather in the cap of South Africa’s Gold industry and the South African Mint. The first Krugerrand was minted in 1967 as a vehicle for the private ownership of Gold.
By 1980 the Krugerrand made up 90% of the global coin market and, in that same year, smaller denominational coins were introduced making the purchase of gold ever more accessible to the man on the street.
According to Wikipedia, the coin has the status of legal tender and may be offered in payment to creditors. In the eyes of the South African Reserve Bank the Krugerrand counts as a bank note or coin, not as an asset or product, therefore the coin is not subject to VAT – a bonus for local investors.
The iconic design of the coin in conjunction with its value make the Krugerrand a highly sought-after investment globally.
(Infographic) The Financial Advice Millennials And Gen Zers Want To Know
Having a grasp on your financials is tricky, but it’s crucial if you want to be successful. And that starts with getting the right advice.
Whether it’s saving for retirement or paying off credit card debt, money management can be a challenge. Of course, different people have different concerns – and that often comes with age. While a 60-something baby boomer might be organising their savings for retirement, your 20-something millennial might be focused on paying off student loans.
In a recent study, financial intelligence company Comet surveyed more than 1 000 people to uncover the top financial concerns of various age groups, as well as the financial advice millennials and Gen Zers want to know and what they hear instead.
Overall, saving for retirement was the top concern across all age groups, with saving for an emergency and affording monthly bills following in second and third. However, it’s no wonder these are some of the most pressing worries – according to the research, 23 percent of people admit they don’t have a savings account, and 43 percent reported not being on track towards their retirement goals. Perhaps that’s because they didn’t hear the right advice growing up. At least that might be the case for Gen Zers and millennials.
According to the research, these young people want to learn things such as how the stock market works, how to manage an investment portfolio, how to invest in real estate and how to build credit. Instead, they’re simply told how to create a budget, save for retirement and pay credit card bills in full every month.
Having a grasp on your financials is tricky, but it’s crucial if you want to be successful and comfortable. To learn more, check out Comet’s infographic below.
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
14 Ways To Make Quick Cash On The Side
If you need money quickly, here are some solid ideas.
Need to make some fast money on the side, whether it’s to pay off a credit card or to make your rent?
Keep in mind, making quick side cash isn’t about making a lot of money or getting rich. It’s about getting a shot of capital to help tide you over and put something extra in your pocket. However, some of these side-income ideas can build up your wealth over time. There’s many ways to accomplish this: By participating in the gig economy, the sharing economy, online sales networks, passive income techniques and more.
If you’re looking to make extra money in a relatively short period of time, check out these 14 slides.
Take Advantage Of Financial Democracy Made Possible By The New Stock Exchanges
Why should financial democracy matter to entrepreneurs?
Because it creates a society able to afford products and services. Without it, even the innovative products and services that are entrepreneurs’ bread and butter will fail.
What is financial democracy, exactly?
It’s both the right and the ability of the (wo)man in the street and business people to make the decisions that affect their financial circumstances.
Financial democracy does not automatically follow political democracy. For almost 25 years after South Africa’s political transformation, the exclusiveness of our financial markets continued to deprive the vast majority of South Africans of the means to invest, save, and build wealth. South Africa has, therefore, never developed a retail stock exchange environment. So, it has deprived the majority of small and medium sized business of access to capital.
For entrepreneurs to truly flourish, they need a mechanism that easily and seamlessly connects the investor pool with every size of business. And, they need affordable ways to enter both the retail and institutional market.
In short, they need stock exchanges. Ones on which listing takes weeks rather than years, doesn’t break the bank for listing fees, and provides the shortest route to the largest possible potential investor base.
That’s not been possible in the stock exchange monopoly that existed for six decades. Now, it is.
We now have four new stock exchanges. The resulting competitive environment will significantly reduce the cost of listing – and the cost for investors of buying and selling shares.
Instead of restricting share trading to people or organisations who already have tens of thousands of rands to invest or millions to spend on listing, by licensing four new stock exchanges, the Financial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA, formerly the FSB) has recognised that most financial decisions do not call for high levels of education.
Most people know how to spend their own grocery money. Most know that it’s better to keep their R1 000 monthly income in a coffee jar than spend R50 of it on bank account fees. People who can barely read and write are immensely skillful at manipulating air time deals to their advantage.
There is significant financial savvy in all social strata.
In the same way, although the mechanics of bookkeeping and accounting may be unfamiliar territory to many entrepreneurs, most have a clear understanding of the difference between profit and loss.
The FSCA has therefore enabled democratisation of the financial markets by enabling the broadest possible spectrum of entrepreneurs and investors to use stock exchanges to participate in and contribute to the economy – on their own rather than prescriptive terms.
How do you take strategic advantage of this democratisation?
- Base your business strategy on people’s instinct for making decisions in their own best interests. Trust financial decentralisation, such as one sees in crowd funding and in digital environments such as block chain, where people would far rather trust one another than institutions and governments. This is democracy innately at work in the financial environment and it’s accelerating organically as digital technologies give people more means and the confidence to help themselves – to information and opportunities. Ride the wave.
- Tap into people’s desire to innovate. Consumer organisations have proved that letting people interactively help them develop products is a powerful growth engine. Apply the principle by letting people grow your business by buying shares in it, giving you capital and themselves a platform on which to build wealth.
- Remember, the ultimate loyalty reward is equity.
Your financial democracy business plan
Look to list on an entrepreneurial stock exchange; one that was founded by entrepreneurs on entrepreneurial principles.
That means: A stock exchange that is already built on financial democracy and decentralisation. One that has, at its core, a single operational concept that keeps things simple for you, automatically gives you an immediate competitive advantage, and, ensures that no matter what your business needs in terms of attracting capital, the exchange can provide all the options in the same, consistent way.
What does such an exchange look like?
It has fintech capabilities. So:
It slashes your listing costs. It achieves this, among other things, by enabling you to populate an electronic prospectus, demonstrating your financial viability, and self publish.
It gives you control by having the granularity and agility to impose relevant governance right down to the individual investor. You get to decide the types and quantities of investors you want to attract. This also enables you to achieve black economic empowerment in perpetuity.
It leads the world by clearing and settling trades in T+0. No-one in the value chain has to hold large sums of money for days following a transaction. Small transactions become profitable. Investors don’t have to risk their life savings on a single large trade. A retail market is opened. An investment and savings culture is entrenched. The economy expands. Your business grows steadily.
It enables anywhere, any time trading via a mobile app that allows investors to see share value in real time. See economy expansion point above.
It integrates processes and procedures, simplifying them and ensuring rapid onboarding of issuers and, therefore, speed to market with new concepts and alignment with the digital economy.
It operates a principles-based regime. So:
It treats you, as an executive, with respect. It’s not prescriptive. It does not insist on excessive oversight, allowing the Companies Act to guide you to sustainability.
It does not attempt to squeeze your company into a pre-defined business or listings format. It recognises and works with your uniqueness.
It obviates the need for expensive specialist listings advisors.
It focuses on financial inclusion and access. So:
Shares can be bought and sold for no more than R1 000. See economy building point above.
The new world of stock exchanges is integrated, synergistic, holistic, organic, self-fulfilling
Decentralisation of financial control, democratisation of opportunity leads to a whole new economy. One in which, for instance, a taxi operator can finance a minibus through a company in which his purchase gives him shares. A single purchase gives him two benefits: a vehicle on which to found his business and a longer-term investment in shares that he can trade. The funding company gains liquidity through access to a wider base of investors while being able to control who buys and sells and the conditions on which trading takes place. Increasing black equity in business becomes an organic, natural, self-perpetuating process.
Everyone wins in a decentralised, democratised financial market. And it’s the stock exchanges that drive the process.
As an entrepreneur, can you afford to ignore the acceleration that listing could give your business growth?
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