Tag: Budgeting

Chart of Housing Starts and 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate from July 1974 to July 2020

Monetary policy affects interest rates, which affect mortgages, which affect decisions in the housing market. The red line in the graph is the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (right axis) from July 1974 to July 2020. The blue line in the graph is the ratio of housing starts built by contractors over housing starts built by…
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The Difference Between a Business Recovery and Business Growth

There are numerous businesses starting to reopen and recover from the past months of slow or no business.  Sales are starting to rise as customers are starting a buy again, both of which are great signs for a business recovery and business growth.  Now let us talk about the difference between a business’s recovery and…
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Chart of the Price Change Between Years for Hotels and Casino Hotels During August 2015 to August 2020

The chart shows producer price index (PPI) data that measure price changes. Percent changes in prices from a year ago are shown for both stand-alone hotels (the gold bar) and hotels attached to casinos (the red bar). Prices began dropping for hotels in February 2020 and the price reductions continue to persist, but hotels attached…
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Chart of Federal Reserve Total Assets Held from December 18, 2002 to September 2, 2020

The total assets held by the Federal Reserve include Treasury securities, Mortgage Backed Securities, and Repurchase agreements, in addition to other assets. As of September 2, 2020, the Federal Reserve had total assets of $7,017,492 (in millions of dollars) and as of September 4, 2019, the Federal Reserve had total assets of $3,761,508 (in millions…
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A Strategic Plan is About Communication

A Strategic Plan is about communicating financial and operational objectives by taking numbers and converting them to words. The reason for Strategic Planning is to implement a plan of action that will make the business’s Vision/Strategic Plan a reality.  Strategic Planning is the actual process of implementing a Strategic Plan that has set obtainable and…
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Evaluating and Operationalizing Short-Term Decisions Made in a Crisis that Have Long Term Benefits

In the past six months, businesses have been making numerous short-term decisions that can have long term operational benefits.  The key is to evaluate and operationalize these short-term decisions to provide long term benefits to the business operations. The fact is that almost all businesses during the past six months have been forced to do…
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A Simple Way to Get Reacquainted with the Business

Recently, I have been having conversations with clients on how they need to get back in touch with what is going on with and in their business.  Below is a simple methodology on how to get back in touch. Sign all the checks the business issues! Yes, it is that simple.  Sign the business’s checks…
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Strategies for Budgeting and Forecasting Due to Extraordinary Events

At any point in time during a year a business may need to revise their annual budget or forecasting models and processes. The Differences Between Budgeting and Forecasting Budgeting is a planning process that is done on an annual basis to help the executive management team define what they want the business to achieve during…
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Budgeting: Is it Worth the Time and Effort? Do You Need a Map for a Road Trip?

Budgeting:  Is it worth the time and effort?  Simply stated – businesses should be budgeting for annual business plans, special projects, capital equipment purchases, new product development and more. Businesses that fail to budget have no defined plan to project growth, manage and judge the performance of the business.  Lack of any kind of budgeting…
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Budget – Even If It’s on the Back of a Napkin

by Daniel R. Siburg, CPA, CVA A budget on the back of a napkin is better than no budget at all.  Even the simplest of budgets will make management think about the coming year’s future direction and performance goals for the business. Budgeting Helps the Business Look Forward to the Coming Year Budgeting is important…
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