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Graph of U.S. Net Exports of Technology from January 1967 to March 2021

Net exports of technology are measured as royalties and license fees received minus royalties and license fees paid as a percentage of GDP. Net exports of technology are measured as royalties and license fees received minus royalties and license fees paid as a percentage of GDP. The Siburg Company specializes in buy-side and sell-side mergers…
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Timing When to Sell a Business

Timing is important, but how often does someone actually get the timing just right? Wait and the timing will be better.  Do it now because the timing is right.  Wait too long and the timing is wrong.  Sometimes people just make the decision to sell and the stars align.  The business is ready to sell,…
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Chart of Personal Saving Rate from January 1959 to May 2021

Personal saving is a percentage of disposable personal income (DPI) and is calculated as the ratio of personal saving to DPI. Personal saving is equal to personal income less the personal outlays and personal taxes; it may be viewed as the portion of personal income that is used either to provide funds to capital markets,…
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Being Cheap Can Cost Money

Everyone has experienced the cost versus value decision.  Should I buy the best or the cheapest product that I am looking for?   Sure, there are times that buying a lesser quality or last year’s model will have little to no effect on the product you are looking to purchase.  If you are buying a…
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Chart of Total Business Applications in the United States from July 2004 to May 2021

The chart below shows the core business applications series that correspond to a subset of all applications for an Employer Identification Number (EIN).  The chart below shows that the US economy is creating new businesses at a strong pace. The business formation statistics only cover applications for an EIN. Therefore, certain businesses initiated without an…
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The Value of an In Person Trade Show

For large and smaller companies, national trade shows can be very expensive and can be one of the largest uses of a company’s marketing dollars. Look at all of the costs associated with trade shows from the booth, to prepaying for exhibit space, all the shipping costs to get trade show items there and back,…
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Bar Chart of All Patents Originated in All US and Foreign Countries from January 1992 to January 2019

The bar chart below shows U.S. Granted Patents: Total Patents Originating in all U.S. and Foreign Regions. Patent origin is determined by the residence of the first-named inventor. Total patents issued is the sum of utility, plant, design, and reissue patents granted.   The Siburg Company specializes in buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, and…
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The Intersection of an Issue

All problems, choices and final decisions are at the intersection of an issue.   The key point is the thought process you use while at the intersection of the issue and decision that is made to move past the issue.   Getting to the intersection of an issue is the process of analyzing all the…
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Graph of CPI and PPI from December 1950 to March 2021

As of March 2021, both the CPI (Consumer Price Index) and PPI (Producer Price Index) have shown increases.  The CPIs are based on prices for food, clothing, shelter, and fuels; transportation fares; service fees, such as water and sewer service, and sales taxes. The producer price index (PPI) measures the price that industrial producers get…
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The Upside and Downside of Economic Transition Risk

There are businesses that do well and prosper during difficult economic time (recession, pandemic, legislative changes, inflation) while other businesses struggle or go out of business.   Businesses that experienced an economic upside during the pandemic were real estate, home furnishings, home improvement and technology companies.  People moved to the suburbs, set up home offices,…
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