S&P 500 Rallies As U.S. Dollar Pulls Back Towards Weekly Lows

Key Insights
The strong pullback in the U.S. dollar provided significant support to stocks.
Treasury yields have pulled back after touching new highs, which served as an additional positive catalyst for S&P 500.
A move above 3730 will push S&P 500 towards the resistance level at 3760.
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Pfizer Rallies After Announcing A Huge Price Hike For Its COVID-19 Vaccines
S&P 500 is currently trying to settle above 3730 as traders’ appetite for risk is growing. The U.S. dollar has recently gained strong downside momentum as the BoJ intervened to stop the rally in USD/JPY. Weaker U.S. dollar is bullish for stocks as it increases profits of multinational companies and makes U.S. equities cheaper for foreign investors.

The leading oil services company Schlumberger is up by 9% after beating analyst estimates on both earnings and revenue. Schlumberger’s peers Baker Hughes and Halliburton have also enjoyed strong support today.

Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna gained strong upside momentum after Pfizer announced that it will raise the price of its coronavirus vaccine to $110 – $130 per shot.

Biggest losers today include Verizon and Twitter. Verizon is down by 5% despite beating analyst estimates on both earnings and revenue. Subscriber numbers missed estimates, and traders pushed the stock to multi-year lows.

Twitter stock moved towards the $50 level as the U.S. may conduct a security review of Musk’s purchase of the company.

From a big picture point of view, today’s rebound is broad, and most market segments are moving higher. Treasury yields have started to move lower after testing new highs, providing additional support to S&P 500. It looks that some traders are ready to bet that Fed will be less hawkish than previously expected.

S&P 500 Tests Resistance At 3730

S&P 500 has recently managed to get above the 20 EMA and is trying to settle above the resistance at 3730. RSI is in the moderate territory, and there is plenty of room to gain additional upside momentum in case the right catalysts emerge.

If S&P 500 manages to settle above 3730, it will head towards the next resistance level at 3760. A successful test of this level will push S&P 500 towards the next resistance at October highs at 3805. The 50 EMA is located in the nearby, so S&P 500 will likely face strong resistance above the 3800 level.

On the support side, the previous resistance at 3700 will likely serve as the first support level for S&P 500. In case S&P 500 declines below this level, it will move towards the next support level at 3675. A move below 3675 will push S&P 500 towards the support at 3640.

Alternative Financing Vs. Venture Capital: Which Option Is Best for Boosting Working Capital?

There are several potential financing options available to cash-strapped businesses that need a healthy dose of working capital. A bank loan or line of credit is often the first option that owners think of – and for businesses that qualify, this may be the best option.

In today’s uncertain business, economic and regulatory environment, qualifying for a bank loan can be difficult – especially for start-up companies and those that have experienced any type of financial difficulty. Sometimes, owners of businesses that don’t qualify for a bank loan decide that seeking venture capital or bringing on equity investors are other viable options.

But are they really? While there are some potential benefits to bringing venture capital and so-called “angel” investors into your business, there are drawbacks as well. Unfortunately, owners sometimes don’t think about these drawbacks until the ink has dried on a contract with a venture capitalist or angel investor – and it’s too late to back out of the deal.

Different Types of Financing

One problem with bringing in equity investors to help provide a working capital boost is that working capital and equity are really two different types of financing.

Working capital – or the money that is used to pay business expenses incurred during the time lag until cash from sales (or accounts receivable) is collected – is short-term in nature, so it should be financed via a short-term financing tool. Equity, however, should generally be used to finance rapid growth, business expansion, acquisitions or the purchase of long-term assets, which are defined as assets that are repaid over more than one 12-month business cycle.

But the biggest drawback to bringing equity investors into your business is a potential loss of control. When you sell equity (or shares) in your business to venture capitalists or angels, you are giving up a percentage of ownership in your business, and you may be doing so at an inopportune time. With this dilution of ownership most often comes a loss of control over some or all of the most important business decisions that must be made.

Sometimes, owners are enticed to sell equity by the fact that there is little (if any) out-of-pocket expense. Unlike debt financing, you don’t usually pay interest with equity financing. The equity investor gains its return via the ownership stake gained in your business. But the long-term “cost” of selling equity is always much higher than the short-term cost of debt, in terms of both actual cash cost as well as soft costs like the loss of control and stewardship of your company and the potential future value of the ownership shares that are sold.

Alternative Financing Solutions

But what if your business needs working capital and you don’t qualify for a bank loan or line of credit? Alternative financing solutions are often appropriate for injecting working capital into businesses in this situation. Three of the most common types of alternative financing used by such businesses are:

1. Full-Service Factoring – Businesses sell outstanding accounts receivable on an ongoing basis to a commercial finance (or factoring) company at a discount. The factoring company then manages the receivable until it is paid. Factoring is a well-established and accepted method of temporary alternative finance that is especially well-suited for rapidly growing companies and those with customer concentrations.

2. Accounts Receivable (A/R) Financing – A/R financing is an ideal solution for companies that are not yet bankable but have a stable financial condition and a more diverse customer base. Here, the business provides details on all accounts receivable and pledges those assets as collateral. The proceeds of those receivables are sent to a lockbox while the finance company calculates a borrowing base to determine the amount the company can borrow. When the borrower needs money, it makes an advance request and the finance company advances money using a percentage of the accounts receivable.

3. Asset-Based Lending (ABL) – This is a credit facility secured by all of a company’s assets, which may include A/R, equipment and inventory. Unlike with factoring, the business continues to manage and collect its own receivables and submits collateral reports on an ongoing basis to the finance company, which will review and periodically audit the reports.

In addition to providing working capital and enabling owners to maintain business control, alternative financing may provide other benefits as well:

It’s easy to determine the exact cost of financing and obtain an increase.
Professional collateral management can be included depending on the facility type and the lender.
Real-time, online interactive reporting is often available.
It may provide the business with access to more capital.
It’s flexible – financing ebbs and flows with the business’ needs.
It’s important to note that there are some circumstances in which equity is a viable and attractive financing solution. This is especially true in cases of business expansion and acquisition and new product launches – these are capital needs that are not generally well suited to debt financing. However, equity is not usually the appropriate financing solution to solve a working capital problem or help plug a cash-flow gap.

A Precious Commodity

Remember that business equity is a precious commodity that should only be considered under the right circumstances and at the right time. When equity financing is sought, ideally this should be done at a time when the company has good growth prospects and a significant cash need for this growth. Ideally, majority ownership (and thus, absolute control) should remain with the company founder(s).

Alternative financing solutions like factoring, A/R financing and ABL can provide the working capital boost many cash-strapped businesses that don’t qualify for bank financing need – without diluting ownership and possibly giving up business control at an inopportune time for the owner. If and when these companies become bankable later, it’s often an easy transition to a traditional bank line of credit. Your banker may be able to refer you to a commercial finance company that can offer the right type of alternative financing solution for your particular situation.

Taking the time to understand all the different financing options available to your business, and the pros and cons of each, is the best way to make sure you choose the best option for your business. The use of alternative financing can help your company grow without diluting your ownership. After all, it’s your business – shouldn’t you keep as much of it as possible?

Debt Management UK – Time Tested Formula For Freedom From Debts

UK residents seem to enjoy a strange relationship with debts. While they cannot do with a large debt load over their shoulders, they also cannot do without incurring them for long. If a survey is to be taken out of the most rash spenders, then the Britishers are sure to rank highly. Without ever thinking about where the expenditures will be met from, people go on spending and spending. Debt management in the UK is a set of techniques and processes through which an attempt is made to give a break to the reign of debts.Debt management plays both an active as well as an advisory role in the UK. As part of the active role, the job of debt management UK will be to counter debts that have already been incurred. The techniques employed for this purpose include debt consolidation loans, debt consolidation mortgage, home equity loans, and debt consolidation through remortgage. The advisory role of debt management involves informing borrowers of ways to avoid debts. Debt counselling and credit counselling are employed to give debt sense to people.The roles may differ in terms of the period within which the benefit will become visible. While the results of debt consolidations loans are immediately visible, the impact of debt counselling will take time to come on the scene.With the pressure of creditors building up against individual, the first priority of debt management UK will be to relieve borrowers of debts. The process of settling debts is known as debt consolidation. It derives name from a sub-process that involves consolidating or clustering debts. From this stage onwards, it is the loan provider who assumes responsibilities of eliminating debts. Borrowers may or may not exercise this benefit since it is optional. However, given the relative inexperience of borrowers, it will be advisable to allow debt consolidation loan provider to settle debts.Debt management agencies have gained expertise in debt elimination through years of work in the field. When debts become unmanageable, borrowers are left with not much scope but to surrender to debt consolidation loans. On the other hand, there are borrowers who are confused about how debt consolidation loans will help when it is just another debt. The essence of debt management lies in the timing. The debts that are increasing your stress levels would demand immediate payment. Conversely, debt consolidation loan needs to be repaid over a period of 5 to 25 years. This means that the borrower has sufficient time to plan repayment.Loan provider’s participation in the debt consolidation process is limited to debt consolidation loans. Other debt management techniques, namely debt consolidation mortgages and home equity loans, may not include this facility. Consequently, expert advice and guidance for free is the chief attraction of debt consolidation loans. Borrowers however will make their choice of debt consolidation technique after considering many other factors.Cost of debt management technique will be given prominence during search. Debt consolidation mortgage, which is second mortgage, allows debt management at the rates of mortgage. Debt consolidation loans too garner funds at cheaper rates if the borrower agrees to serve some collateral. Since there is very little risk to cover in secured debt consolidation loan, these carry very low rates of interests.Debt consolidation loan and debt consolidation mortgage do not guarantee a life-long riddance from debts. They can at the best rid borrowers of debts at a particular point of time. For a life-long freedom from debts, the advisory role of debt management will be of immense help. Debt counselling is not merely informing borrowers of certain debt management tips. Debt management tips must be supported with sufficient examples. The manner in which borrower is counselled will have sufficient impact on the advice intake of borrowers. The counsellor must try to be as practical as possible. Debt counselling involves helping borrowers in implementing debt management tips and rescuing them from dead ends.Debt management, as is clearly visible has a very wide scope. However, a very thin line demarcates benefits of debt management from its drawbacks. One wrong step on debt management, and the very benefits that one boasted of can turn into drawbacks. Consequently, borrowers need to keep their eyes open, particularly on the debt elimination techniques like debt consolidation loans. Debt counselling too need not be taken lightly, since they also can backfire at times when incorrect tips are implemented.