Three Tips For New Business Survival, And Making ‘Healthy’ Choices Along The Way

As President of the Americas, Tony Ward leads Xero’s businesses in the United States and Canada.

In the postmortem on small businesses that didn’t make it, cash flow is overwhelmingly listed as the cause of death. But was the real problem cash flow, liquidity or capital, or was cash just the last problem — the most obvious, and the one that couldn’t be overcome in the painful descent toward the end of one more entrepreneur’s dream?

It’s not unlike what happens to 650,000-plus people each year who make heart disease the leading cause of death in America. Was the real issue a heart that ran out of steam, or is the answer a bit more complex — involving a raft of lifestyle and dietary choices, bad habits and omissions made along the way? Chicken or egg?

It’s a decent time to be asking, because history tells you that unless

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Choosing The Software Outsourcing Model That’s Best For Your Business

Thanh Pham is the CEO of Saigon Technology, a top offshore software development company in Vietnam. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, facing the risk of having to suspend operations or close down, companies have tried to find the fastest and most effective ways to continue to serve their customers while still ensuring health and safety. IT solutions have exploded as businesses look for ways to remotely interact with customers. Internal business processes and communication methods have also had to evolve because of the pandemic.

Software Outsourcing In A Socially Distanced World

We now live under a “new normal” with the changes brought by the pandemic, and the IT industry is no exception. People tend to maintain distance from each other. We also can’t move from country to country, or continent to continent, as before, so the onsite form of software outsourcing isn’t as feasible as it once was.

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How To Maximize Your Business Growth With The Right Marketing Tactics

By Samuel Thimothy, VP at OneIMS.com, an inbound marketing agency, and co-founder of Clickx.io, the digital marketing intelligence platform. 

As a business owner, you are the chef in your own restaurant. Nobody would expect you to know the secret of ideal lasagna if you only served Japanese fare. The same applies to marketing. You don’t have to know every marketing tactic out there, but if you want to become the best in your niche, you have to be aware of the little things that make a big difference. 

The marketing tactics below are often used interchangeably, or one is preferred over the other. However, there are some key differences, and you need to know them before you start building an online and offline presence.

Brand awareness or brand recognition?

They aren’t exactly the same. When the brand has high recognition, it means that your target audience can easily

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Dow Bruised for Second Straight Day

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell for a second day as investors digested the Federal Reserve’s latest policy update, where it moved up its timeline for interest rate hikes and forecast higher inflation.

The 30-stock index dumped 210.22 points to close Thursday at 33,823.45, weighed down by 3% losses in Dow Inc. and Caterpillar as most commodity prices took a hit.

The S&P 500 dipped 1.84 points to 4,221.86

The NASDAQ gained 121.67 points to 14,161.35, as investors huddled in some Big Tech stocks with Tesla up 1.9% and Snowflake up 2.8%. Shopify took on 6.1% and Twilio gained 8%.

Materials-related stocks led the losses as the Fed’s move to eventually raise rates, along with a current campaign by China to tamp down metals prices, took the air out of a surge in commodity prices this year.

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Dow Tumbles as Fed Signals Two Rate Hikes

U.S. stocks dropped on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised its inflation expectations and moved up the time frame on when it will hike interest rates next.

The Dow Jones Industrials hurtled earthward 265.66 points to greet the closing bell Wednesday at 34,033.67.

The S&P 500 demurred 22.89 points to 4,223.70. The broad equity benchmark dropped as much as 1% in volatile trading as all 11 sectors fell into the red at one point.

The NASDAQ faded 33.17 points to 14,039.68.

Economic reopening plays provided the broader market with some support. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line both climbed about 2% after an upgrade from Wolfe Research. United Airlines and American Airlines also registered gains.

The policymaking Federal Open Market Committee indicated that rate hikes could come as soon as 2023, after signaling in March that it saw no increases until beyond that year.

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Indexes Flounder Ahead of Fed Meeting

U.S. stocks fell slightly on Tuesday with the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ Composite slipping from their respective records, as investors awaited the key Federal Reserve’s monetary policy meeting.

The Dow Jones Industrials lost 94.42 points to 34,299.33.

The S&P 500 fell 8.56 points to 4,246.59

The NASDAQ tumbled 101.29 points to 14,072.86, as Apple, Alphabet, Alphabet and Microsoft all registered losses.

Real estate and tech were the biggest laggards on Tuesday, while the energy sector provided the broader with some support, rising 2.1%. Diamondback Energy jumped 5.1%, and Exxon Mobil and Occidental Petroleum climbed more than 3% each.

On the data front, the final demand index for producer prices advanced 6.6% for the 12 months ended in May, the largest increase since 12-month data were first calculated in November 2010.

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Nasdaq and S&P 500 Close at Record Highs

The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 on Monday closed at record levels as Wall Street prepared for a key meeting of the Federal Reserve later this week.

The S&P 500 closed up 0.18% to 4,255 to mark its third consecutive record closing high, while the Nasdaq climbed 0.74%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 85 points, or 0.25%, to 34,393.

Investors will be keeping a close eye on an upcoming announcement on interest rates from the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting body, the Federal Open Market Committee, on Wednesday, followed by a press conference from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell.

While the U.S. central bank isn’t expected to take any action with respect to rates or a tapering of monthly asset purchases, Wall Street will be monitoring the meeting closely for the Fed’s forecasts on inflation and the strength of the economic recovery.

Lordstown Motors (RIDE) said Monday that CEO Steve Burns and … Read the rest

TSX Finds New Heights

Equities leaped midday Friday, as energy stocks gained on higher crude prices and upbeat economic data bolstered optimism over an economic

rebound.

The TSX Composite index strengthened 98.3 points to reach noon hour EDT Friday at 20,147.77, another intraday record for the exchange.

The Canadian dollar erased 0.4 cents to 82.23 cents U.S.

Hudbay Minerals was up 25 cents, or 32.9%, to $8.77, while First Quantum Minerals popped 78 cents, or 2.7%, to $29.33.

Enghouse Systems fell $2.29. or 4.3%, to $51.55, after the software provider missed second quarter estimates, while NorthWest Healthcare Properties, fading 23 cents, or 1.8%, to $12.85.

The Bank of Canada said on Thursday that inflation could remain higher than projected if supply imbalances and pressures on capacity persist, which might lead it to reduce stimulus more quickly than currently expected.

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The TSX Venture Exchange docked 0.43 points to 979.48.

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New Closing Record for TSX

It was another weekend to celebrate not only summer, but yet another all-t1me record for equities in Toronto, spirited up mostly by energy and consumer interests.

The TSX Composite index vaulted 88.88 points to end Friday and the week at 20,138.35 another all-time record for the exchange. The gain on the past five sessions was 109 points, or 0.54%.

The Canadian dollar erased 0.43 cents to 82.23 cents U.S.

Among energy stocks, Tourmaline Oil gained $2.47, or 8.1%, to $33.17, while Arc Resources picked up 20 cents, or 2%, to $10.11.

In the industrial sector, Brookfield Business Partners added $2.27, or 4.3%, to $55.07, while Ballard Power Systems increased 51 cents, or 2.4%, to $22.15.

In the consumer discretionary field, Canada Goose Holdings leaped $2.12, or 4.4%, to $50.32, while Dollarama hiked $1.53, or 2.8%, to $55.91.

In resource stocks, Sandstorm Gold docked 23 cents, or 2.1%, to $10.87, while … Read the rest

Housing Figures, Manufacturing Figures Due Next Week

Monday

U.S.

Featured Earnings

NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) (Q1) EPS projected for loss of seven cents, compared to loss of two cents in the prior-year quarter.

Avenue Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATXI) (Q1) EPS projected for loss of six cents, compared to the loss of eight cents in the prior-year quarter.

Canada

Economic Lookahead

Monthly Survey of Manufacturing (April) Manufacturing sales bounced back in March, rising 3.5% to $57.8 billion, following a 1.1% decline in February. Gains were widespread across all major industries.

Featured Earnings

GURU Organic Energy Corp. (T.GURU) (Q2) EPS projected for loss of eight cents, compared to a loss of two cents in the prior-year quarter.

HEXO Corp. (T.HEXO) (Q3) EPS projected for a loss of six cents, compared to a loss of 17 cents in the prior-year quarter.

Major Drilling Group International Inc. (T.MDI) (Q4) EPS projected for gain of nine cents, compared to a loss of … Read the rest