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Published September 27, 2023
In today’s fast-paced business landscape, making informed decisions is paramount to success. One crucial aspect of informed decision-making is understanding the financial health and creditworthiness of the businesses with whom a company interacts. This is where MCB Business Credit steps in, offering comprehensive business credit reporting solutions that empower businesses to make sound choices.
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WASHINGTON — The indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is an unwelcome wrinkle in the debate to renew flood insurance, and could hold up the work of the Senate Banking Committee in other areas, experts said.
Menendez, who was indicted on charges that he took bribes from New Jersey businessmen, including a former community bank executive, remains the No. 3 Democratic lawmaker on the Senate Banking Committee. He has, per Senate Democratic rules, stepped down as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Several Democratic senators have called for him to resign from the Senate, including Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who said that Menendez has “broken the public trust.”
Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., also on the Senate Banking Committee, was the first senator to call for the resignation, saying that Menendez “cannot continue to wield influence over national policy, especially given the serious and specific nature of the allegations.” Along with Brown and Fetterman, the Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Banking Committee calling for Menendez to resign include Jon Tester of Montana, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Raphael Warnock of Georgia.
A central part of the Menendez indictment is his relationship with a former banker, Fred Daibes, who at the time he allegedly made gifts to Menendez faced federal bank fraud charges that could have come with a decade-long prison sentence. Daibes founded and was formerly CEO and chairman of the $414 million-asset Mariner’s Bank in Edgewater, New Jersey, which was bought by nearby Spencer Savings Bank in 2021 for an
It was the first survey of members since China began to relax domestic Covid-19 restrictions in December, followed by a major loosening of travel restrictions in March.
US firms in China have worst outlook on record, AmCham Shanghai survey reveals
But respondents said they had seen few tangible changes in the Chinese business environment, with only 19 per cent saying it had improved in the previous 12 months.
China’s post-Covid rebound has fallen short of expectations. Its economy expanded by 6.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2023, accelerating from 4.5 per cent in the first three months of the year, but below the forecast growth of 7.3 per cent.
Compared with five years ago, confidence among US firms regarding their five-year outlook dropped from 75 per cent to just under 50 per cent this year.
The number of those with a “pessimistic” or “somewhat pessimistic” outlook reached an all-time high of 28 per cent, up 7 percentage points from last year’s survey.
More than half of companies surveyed attributed their outlook to geopolitical concerns and China’s regulatory and policy environment.
China’s data policies, which ranked fourth in the survey last year, were now the second biggest challenge, their highest-ever placement on the list.
Western companies that have continued to operate in Russia since Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine have generated billions of dollars in profits, but the Kremlin has blocked them from accessing the cash in an effort to turn the screw on “unfriendly” nations.
Groups from such countries accounted for $18bn of the $20bn in Russian profits that overseas companies reported for 2022 alone, according to figures compiled by the Kyiv School of Economics, and $199bn of their $217bn in Russian gross revenue.
“The figures may have grown considerably since then, although it is not possible to assess exactly how much since most international businesses operating in Russia only disclose their local results annually,” said KSE deputy development director Andrii Onopriienko, who compiled the data.
Local earnings of companies from BP to Citigroup have been locked in Russia since the imposition last year of a dividend payout ban on businesses from “unfriendly” countries including the US, UK and all EU members. While such transactions can be approved under exceptional circumstances, few withdrawal permits have been issued.
“Tens of billions in dollar terms are stuck in Russia,” said the chief executive of one large company domiciled in a country not designated as unfriendly. “And there is no way to get them out.”
The size of the revenues and profits reflects not only the enduring importance of western companies to the Russian economy but also the dilemma such businesses face over what to do with their operations in the ostracised nation.
Many foreign businesses have been trying to sell their Russian subsidiaries but any deal requires Moscow’s approval and is subject to steep price discounts. In recent days British American
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Planning for the future of your small business is an important part of success. Financial modeling takes different shapes, but basically, it’s about plugging different numbers and scenarios into a formula very often on an excel sheet and seeing the effect they have.
Small Business Trends spoke with various business experts about this useful tool and how it works for small business.
Healy Jones from Kruze Consulting clarified how these tools can help a startup get rolling or an established business move forward when they are considering expansion.
“A well built financial model will help a business owner understand the costs and profits from their management decisions. What will it cost to open a new location, hire a new employee, and how does that impact the bottom line?” he says.
He went on to say that a good financial model can answer questions like whether your small business should buy a new piece of equipment or pay down debt too.
“These can even tell businesses they have enough customer service people to take on the number of customers they want to next year.”
Although you can pick some numbers out of the air and plug them in (what happens if we price our widgets at $400 dollars and sell 6000?) more accurate results come with more real world starting points.
That’s why using financial statements and market research will give you more accurate results. It’s even a good idea to consider a professional consultant to get an objective base to start from.
Daniel Feiman from BuildItBackwards.com explains how to use base line once you’ve put one together.
“Frequently you want to establish the most extreme possible outcomes by modeling the best and worst case,
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