November 30, 2020

During these times of the credit crunch, you are unlikely to find a business credit card with no limit! Insurers are strongly opposed to a government-sponsored plan, saying it would drive them out of business. Democrats say a public plan would help everybody by injecting competition into a health care market that in many areas is dominated by a handful of major insurers. As people continue to cut back on their spending, businesses also slow production of their products and services and begin to layoff workers to cut costs while trying to maintain profits. Since the economic future looks grim, the stock prices of major corporations fall because investors are no longer confident that businesses will be able to increase profits by selling more products. As investors lose confidence, they begin selling their stocks in order to avoid potential losses. Many investors immediately began selling their stocks late last year … Read the rest

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It is an interesting stat to note that only 25% of new businesses are able to survive more than fifteen years. In a world where our lives are greatly influenced by opinion leaders and influencers, we see that content to motivate people to start a business is rolled out quite frequently. It is a hot topic and has become more relevant to us where we have seen millions of losses of jobs and closure of businesses.

It is quite crucial that long term sustainable strategies are applied. You need to have a stronghold of your affairs before you jump onto anything. You need to try to hit the right spots with consistency before claiming that you failed in your efforts. In this article, we are briefly going to cover strategies that would help you to ensure the long-term success of your startup business. 

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Rakuten Viber is introducing new features such as Chatbot Payments, through a partnership with Google Pay and Apple Pay, as part of its tenth anniversary. The service allows users to purchase products and services, and to accept payments directly through the app, marking Viber’s move towards fintech. 

In the Philippines, this feature will be rolled out soon through partnerships with telcos like Globe. Filipino users will be able to check out and order from small food businesses through the soon-to-be-launched FoodPH bot. Users will also be able to pay for their orders via in-chat payments. 

“Small businesses that don’t have money and knowledge to create a mobile app can go to Viber and create chatbots to serve their customers,” said Anna Znamenskaya, the platform’s chief growth officer. 

Sending money through Viber is as simple as sending messages, said Viber Chief Executive Officer Djamel Agaoua. “We want to democratize and Read the rest

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Everyone agrees we need economic growth, but we cannot agree on how it can be achieved. There are two fundamental approaches the government can take.

The first is through more public spending, which would put the country into even more debt. In the short term, while interest rates are low, the problems of this are not so severe, but the long term impacts are a different story.

The other option is to stimulate the private sector with lower taxes and eliminate red tape.  However, deregulation takes time to implement whereas the positive effects of reducing business taxes are immediate. The best and most immediate action the government could take to put a proverbial rocket up our economy is to scrap corporation tax in its entirety.

Lance Forman, Vice Chairman of the Independent Business Network (IBN) sets out 10 reasons why the Government should scrap corporation tax:

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Though he may never publicly admit it, Donald Trump effectively conceded the 2020 presidential election on Monday, when his federal government’s General Services Administration finally signed off on the transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming regime.

With a constitutional crisis, for now, averted, there is much speculation on what the future will hold for Trump. Whatever follows his remarkable, unprecedented four-year term in the White House, it’s hard to envisage him settling into a quiet post-presidency—perhaps one spent designing his presidential library and keeping quiet on his successor’s job performance.

What’s clear is that he leaves Washington much as he arrived: a divisive, polarizing figure who, despite losing a national election by millions of votes, retains a fiercely devoted following among segments of the American electorate. A new Read the rest

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This is such a precious day that just by the thought of it, it calms our nerves and fills our heart with gratitude for all the good in life. Grateful heart gives no resistance to the natural flow of grace and wonderful blessings. Gratitude is heaven in itself. Thanksgiving is a day to truly feel grateful for all the precious things and people that we all are blessed with. Gratitude is such a divine virtue that no other divine virtue could exist without it.

History of Thanksgiving dates back to 1621, when the pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved victorious. During that time with spirit of gratitude, the governor organized a celebratory feast. Every year, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the last Thursday of November from 1863 when the prevailing president declared it. This year’s Thanksgiving Day is on November 26.

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The Philippine peso, which lagged its peers in Asia this quarter, may get a boost in December with millions of Filipinos abroad set to send record amounts of money home to help families suffering from the pandemic and the recent typhoons.

December is a seasonally strong month for the peso, with the currency gaining in the period in five of the past six years. It is also the month when remittances, which totaled more than $30 billion in 2019, reached their highest levels for the year since 2009.

“With increased unemployment as a result of the pandemic and the impact of the typhoons, we expect extra remittances in order to support families at home,” said Wouter van Eijkelenburg, an economist at Rabobank in the Netherlands. “This would support the strength of the peso.”

The peso will edge higher to 48.08 per dollar over the next three months, according to Read the rest

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More than 95,000 newly incorporated business could join the quarter of a million firms that failed to meet recent Companies House accounts deadlines this year, following a record boom in new business registrations.

According to official government figures there were 397,135 new incorporations in Q2 and Q3 2020 combined, with HMRC reporting that one in four businesses required to file a month-to-date VAT return failed to do so on time, as well as more than a quarter of a million companies missing the September accounts deadline.

The proportion of business that fail to meet the important filing deadlines may also increase due to the added pressures of Covid, despite deadline extensions, as business owners and directors deal with the pressures of running a business during the pandemic.

Simon Wallwork, Partner & Head of Corporate and Commercial at Slater Heelis, said: “The pandemic and resulting rise in redundancies have accelerated … Read the rest

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now widely expected to revise its recommendations for COVID-related quarantine. The twist is that it’s actually good news from the public’s perspective, with the possibility that recommendations could come down to anywhere between seven and 10 days for a self-imposed quarantine rather than two full weeks.

Currently, requirements are fairly stringent, with the CDC recommending a 14-day quarantine for anyone exposed to a person with coronavirus even the exposed individual tests negative themselves. That may be prudent but it’s also a logistical mess. It isn’t exactly easy or enforceable to keep people confined by themselves during the holiday season.

So why would the CDC change its cautious stance right now, especially given the surge in the COVID pandemic and upcoming holiday weekend? Officials such as CDC director Robert Redfield and one of the agency’s COVID-19 response leaders, Henry Walke, along with other public … Read the rest

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Business leadership principles are important for any leader of an organization. What are the biggest regrets you have in life? Well, I have three biggest regrets in life and I am sharing those in this article. Read it and learn from my mistakes. Hope this can act as a guide for you. Angie, I think my first comment may have gone to your spam folder, but I also want to know what GreenMind meant by so many people think that blacks don’t have the same human tendencies as the rest of us. I wouldn’t count anyone who thought like that as part of my life in any capacity and I don’t know anyone else who would either. In a marketing pitch for one pot-based product, called Foria, a woman identified as “Anna, 29” says: “Foria is potent medicine and the most healing way I have ever used cannabis.” It’s not … Read the rest

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