The Only Financial Services and Products You Will Ever Need

When it comes to financial services and products, it is very essential to find the best product that is suitable for you. These products and services have all different purposes and prices. Believe it or not, no financial service or financial products are free. The number one financial service that you want to take deep into consideration is perhaps insurance, but that is actually not my favourite. My favourite financial service can be found on the internet.

These financial services and products that can be found on the internet are seen as investment products by many people. This is simply because you are getting a return for your money. I also believe that it is an investment, but however it is classified as a service. I like this service or so called investment so much, because it fulfils everything, all financial services and products put together.

This financial service is usually in the form of an internet opportunity program. Even though it is in that form, it is regardless a great service. What I mean by this service being everything, is simply it will pay your bills, mortgage, pension schemes, and maybe every cost that you would otherwise would pay for using the bank. The best thing about this is that you do not have to pay back anything. It is like a business, some people treat this as a business because it is very simple and easy to remember. Having said that, you can correlate that as the answer to this article, the only financial services and products you will ever need is an internet opportunity program, or home based business, also known as services.

Financial Management and Budgeting in Business

Importance of Financial Management

Finance is a key functional area of business management. This area is commonly referred to as Financial Management. The term defines the achievement of key financial objectives by making investment and financial decisions. Essentially, it is the management of all the processes associated with the efficient acquisition and deployment of both short and long-term financial resources. Financial Management assists an organisation’s management to reach its financial objectives such as the creation of wealth, solvency, liquidity, growth and return on investment achieved through a process of financial planning, control and decision-making.

Financial Control

Financial control consists of different strategies to manage finances necessary to achieve the primary purpose of every business; which is to earn profit. Budgets are the traditional financial control method and provide a measuring basis which performance can be assessed. By engaging in a yearly budgeting process a business can make plans and forecasts for the year ahead. Control action should be taken when actual performance appears not to be matching the outline of the budget. Therefore by monthly monitoring of expenses, controlling methods can be put into place when expenses becoming higher than figures stated in budget (such as spending cut backs or extra working hours). And by determining the reasons why figures do not match the yearly budget plan, a business can therefore make necessary plans for this not to occur in the future. Monthly monitoring of expenses is another example of a financial control. Such data includes cash balance, total wages costs and hours worked key sources of income, unusual or above budget expenditures.

 

Three Main Financial Statements

The 3 main financial statements necessary to analysis and improve on finance viability:

1) Balance sheet – ‘A statement of financial position that shows the assets of a business and the claims on those assets’

2) Income Statement – ‘A financial statement (also known as profit and loss account) that measures and reports the profit (or loss) the business has generated during a period.’

3) The cash flow statement – ‘A statement that shows the sources and uses of cash for a period’

By analysing these three financial statements on a regular basis a business can proactively forecast problems or opportunities before they arise. The 3 main financial statements are also considered as financial controls as these statements are used to understand and interpret the financial conditions of a business as a means of management and control. The statements enable a business to set guidelines and policies that enable growth and business success. An annual Profit and Loss statement is considered the most important financial statement and UK businesses are legally required to lodge a Profit & Loss Account with Companies House. In regards to cash flow, cash inflows are payments for products or services and interest on savings and investments. Cash outflows are a combination of many things including purchasing stock, daily operating expenses, fixed assets and government taxes. A business is also required to produce a balance sheet annually for reporting purposes. It provides a report of assets or liabilities.

Budgeting and Budgetary Control

A budget as a qualified statement, for a defined period of time, which may include planned revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities and cash flows. It is a short-term plan of working towards financial objectives. There are several styles of budgeting, these styles include –

* Fixed – does not allow for variations

* Flexible – Adjusts or flexes

* Continuous or rolling – continually amended

* Zero-based – needs assessed

* Incremental – uses previous budget with increment

Budgets are necessary to provide a basis for control, helping identify short-term problems and promote forward thinking. However, there is a need for budgets to be adaptable if they become unrealistic due to sudden changes in the business environment. This is known as ‘Flexing the Budget’ (which simply means revising the budget).

A variance report is required to indicate whether performance is below or above the budgeted level. It is the difference between the budgeted level of costs and revenue and the actual levels of costs and revenues also referred to as variance analysis. Budgets can also have a behavioural effect motivating the management team and staff to achieve better performance and help promote forward thinking.

Effective Business Planning

A business plan is made up of many elements but no business plan is complete without this financial information. For business planning to be effective, the budget and the three main financial statements (Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet and the cash flow statement) must be taken into consideration. A financial statement is the core of a business plan as they are used to identify various business strategies. Financial planning is interlinked with all elements of a business plan. Five key strategic plans interlinked with a budget (plan); 1) establishing mission and objectives, 2) undertaking a position analysis, 3) identifying and assess the strategy options, 4) selecting strategic options, 5) perform, review and control. By taking all of these elements into considering, a business can create an effective business plan containing financial data and projections.

Exploring Your Financial Regrets (And Right Choices) With A Financial Controller

We’ve all done something (or several somethings) in life we regret. Or we haven’t leaped on an opportunity fast enough, and, as a result, ended up regretting our inaction. In the world of finance, this is especially true, at least according to a new study released this summer by the National Foundation of Credit Counseling (NFCC). What do Americans regret the most? Fifty-three percent said they had regrets about habitual overspending.

Other common regrets included:

– Inadequately saving (18 percent)

 

– Insufficiently preparing for retirement (14 percent)

– Not having bought a house (10 percent)

– Buying a house (5 percent)

For businesses, financial regrets might take different forms, although overspending may also be near the top of the list. Whether you’re paying more than you have to for raw materials or inventory, not negotiating salaries well so that payroll is higher than it needs to be for the talent you’re hiring, or even just paying too much for your lease and other operating expenses, habitual overspending hurts your bottom line month after month.

Is Your Small Business Overspending?

A part-time CFO or outsourced financial controller can help you discover the places where overspending is hurting your business, and other areas (perhaps sales and marketing) where you need to invest more. Companies often don’t invest enough in advertising or sales during lean financial times, but that’s exactly the time you need to be setting your business apart from the pack with strong sales and marketing campaigns.

Avoiding Other Financial Regrets

Maybe your financial regrets are more complex – not applying for investment capital to take advantage of an opportunity in the marketplace, or even spending too much to launch the wrong product or service at the wrong time.

All of these mistakes – and more – can be avoided through careful financial analysis and financial forecasting. It all starts with accurate, up-to-date bookkeeping, and the presence of a trusted advisor who can help you see the stories behind the numbers.

And don’t worry. Your part-time CFO is not all doom-and-gloom, there to help you see and analyze past mistakes or help your company avoid future ones. He’ll point out what you’ve done right time and again, and show you exactly why it worked from a financial standpoint, so you can continue investing your time and money in the right places.

He’ll also help you avoid future financial regrets by spotting opportunities while there’s still time for you to act. He won’t make the decision for you; that’s still all up to you.

Don’t let your next financial regret be continuing to maintain your own books and floundering on your own with no financial guidance for your business.

The Financial Mayhem and Businesses

It is undeniable that the current mishap in the global financial markets, we have witnessed in recent years, has reached implications with the global economies facing sharp contractions although a slow recovery is possible. This would result in: tougher financial conditions, commodity prices falling, slower economic growth, pressure on government spending, reduced external surplus and lower inflation.

The global environment is changing fast and businesses are facing a new set of unprecedented challenges, such as pressures of globalization and the impact of the latest world financial crises on region economy. Due to this businesses are already experiencing new sets of challenges. The urgent need to identify and mitigate risks therefore could not be over emphasized, particularly in this region where there is absence of credible data to rely upon, skilled talents to carry out risk analysis and propose remedies, or the organization structure and processes to facilitate the procedures.

Despite the economic stimulus, coming from rising governments spending, the ever expanding private business sector is becoming the growth engine. Inspired by emerging economic reforms, both private and foreign investors are gradually increasing across all industrial sectors, most notably in utilities, manufacturing, telecoms, financial services, and the economic cities. If the pace of economic reform is maintained, the prospects for sustained private investment growth may prove to be promising.

 

The global credit crunch has already impacted the growth in many countries by reducing the level of investment, reducing the growth potential, delaying or canceling some major projects. The consequence of this has an affect of on all businesses small and large. Such impacts include:

(a) The availability and cost of private investment for regional and international companies operating in the region will be undermined,
(b) Business growth will slow as a result lower liquidity which reduces confidence and impede investment, and
(c) Appreciating some currencies combined with lower commodity prices will cause inflation to drop.

The demise of certain international companies with business interest or partnership in some part of the world could severely influence their partners. The severity would of course depend on the type of relationship and level of dependence.

As a consequence, businesses are expecting a sharp down turn in growth including lower profitability than realized over the last few years, bearing in mind some businesses may have seen their fund value significantly reduced as a result of wrong investment decisions. The current crisis is anticipated to be short-lived and businesses are expected to start recuperate and to see radical changes by early next year.

Higher costs of interest, combined with tightness of lending conditions, has significant knock on effect on the companies that need to raise finance. However, many companies and investors are still cash-rich and therefore in the position to meet short term funding requirements without the need for borrowing.

Prices have decreased significantly across a range of commodities, from industrial raw material to food products to precious metals. Prices of most petrochemical products have plummeted drastically. Collapsing prices and the increased cost of financing, combined with the falling demands have resulted in many infrastructure projects have been put on hold.

Export-oriented businesses, such as manufacturing, are more at risk from the credit crunch and its consequences. However, domestically-focused businesses such as retail and telecoms will be less affected, it is expected that telecoms businesses to be the fastest growing sector.

The industrial and service sectors within the region have been the main drivers of economic growth in recent years, as they have benefited from economic reforms and the recent investment boom. The outlook for such sectors has deteriorated due to reduced consumer confidence, fueled by reduced oil prices and the collapse in some regional stock markets.

Nothing suggests that the current set of challenges could dampen business leaders’ determination. Every downturn creates opportunities for strong businesses with healthy financial and the institutional capacity to act rapidly.

These are unusual times and leaders are bound to come up with a new game-plan to meet looming threats in such a changing and unpredictable world. In spite of the negative bearing of the current global financial crisis on businesses, a window of opportunity exists to reconsolidate, strategise and search for new opportunities for long-term sustained growth.