How Will A Rise In Interest Rates Effect Business Owners?

How Will A Rise In Interest Rates Effect Business Owners?

Things That Traditionally Increase When the Fed Increases Interest Rates

 

The recent rise in the Fed funds rate will likely cause a ripple effect on the borrowing costs for consumers and businesses that want to access credit based on the U.S. dollar. That has an impact across numerous credit categories, including the following:

  • The Prime Rate: A hike in the Feds rate immediately fueled a jump in the prime rate, which represents the credit rate that banks extend to their most credit-worthy customers. This rate is the one on which other forms of consumer credit are based, as a higher prime rate means that banks will increase fixed, and variable-rate borrowing costs when assessing risk on less credit-worthy companies and consumers.
  • Credit Card Rates: Working off the prime rate, banks will determine how credit-worthy other individuals are based on their risk profile. Rates will be affected for credit cards and other loans as both require extensive risk-profiling of consumers seeking credit to make purchases. Short-term borrowing will have higher rates than those considered long-term.
  • Savings: Money market and credit-deposit (CD) rates increase due to the tick up of the prime rate. In theory, that should boost savings among consumers and businesses as they can generate a higher return on their savings. However, it is possible that anyone with a debt burden would seek to pay off their financial obligations to offset higher variable rates tied to credit cards, home loans, or other debt instruments.
  • U.S. National Debt: A hike in interest rates boosts the borrowing costs for the U.S. government and fuel an increase in the national debt. A report from 2015 by the Congressional Budget Office and Dean Baker, a director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, estimates that the U.S. government may end up paying $2.9 trillion more over the next decade due to increases in the interest rate, than it would have if the rates had stayed near zero.

Things That Are Largely Unaffected When the Fed Increases Benchmark Interest Rates

  • Auto Loan Rates: Auto companies have benefited immensely from the Fed’s zero-interest-rate policy, but rising benchmark rates will have an incremental impact. Surprisingly, auto loans have not shifted much since the Federal Reserve’s announcement because they are long-term loans.
  • Mortgage Rates: A sign of a rate hike can send home borrowers rushing to close on a deal for a fixed loan rate on a new home. However, mortgage rates traditionally fluctuate more in tandem with the yield of domestic 10-year Treasury notes, which are largely affected by inflation rates.

Things That Traditionally Decrease When the Fed Increases Interest Rates

  • Business Profits: When interest rates rise, that’s typically good news for the profitability of the banking sector, as noted by investment giant Goldman Sachs. But for the rest of the global business sector, a rate hike carves into profitability. That’s because the cost of capital required to expand goes higher. That could be terrible news for a market that is currently in an earnings recession.
  • Home Sales: Higher interest rates and higher inflation typically cool demand in the housing sector. On a 30-year loan at 4.0%, home buyers can currently anticipate at least 60% in interest payments over the duration of their investment. Any uptick is surely a deterrent to acquiring the long-term investment former President George Bush once described as central to “The American Dream.”
  • Consumer Spending: A rise in borrowing costs traditionally weighs on consumer spending. Both higher credit card rates and higher savings rates due to better bank rates provide fuel a downturn in consumer impulse purchasing. (For more, read How Interest Rates Affect Spending.)

Equipment financing, inventory financing, and working capital loans are easy to find right? Not if you’re in one of these two scenarios…

Equipment financing, inventory financing, and working capital loans are easy to find right? Not if you’re in one of these two scenarios…

Huntington Beach, CA: Business owners looking to obtain a business loan for equipment financing, inventory financing or working capital have many options to choose from. Capital is plentiful for companies on the rise and in need of financing to meet their growth potential. In fact, most of our clients come to us with equipment financing, purchase order financing, inventory financing, and working capital loan needs. Huntington Coast Capital has a extremely high success ratio in placing these loan requests.

However, there are a couple of situations where this may not be so easy. On a rare occasion we will get a funding request for a company in the medicinal marijuana industry. While the selling of marijuana is legal in some states, there is still a stigma attached to it, even if it is legitimately prescribed by a doctor. As you can imagine, obtaining funding for the growers and distributors in this industry, even if completely legitimate, is very difficult to secure. Some lenders simply do not lend in this industry and lump it together with other unsavory industries like gambling and adult content distribution. Is this fair? I have no idea. This article isn’t about providing an opinion on what the lender’s moral compass should be when analyzing loan requests in this industry. I can say, however, that finding a lender to fund your expansion in this business is very difficult. In fact, even with our extensive contacts in the industry, we only know of one. That’s right one. However, we were happy to have this contact when we received a call from a company in Colorado inquiring about an equipment loan along with funding for tenant improvements for his budding (no pun intended) business. The fact is that his cash flow and profit margins are extremely strong and his business could grow substantially with the right capital partner. Looks like we found them a solution after months of searching on their own in vain. A satisfying moment for us indeed. Now his Cannabis business is set to catapult to the next level!

The second difficult spot to be in is when you are looking for accounts receivable financing for consumer accounts receivable. The market is flooded with options for financing accounts receivable when you are selling business to business, but business to consumer is a ghost town. Most all lenders have the perspective that financing against these debt pools is risky and the credit process for business credit and personal credit is much more subjective and difficult to manage. I have to say, that I agree. To manage risk in this area requires having a specialty and sole dedication to the industry. Like other types of lending, you need to manage losses through diversifying the risk over several separate exposures and minimize credit to any one debt holder. However, this said, it is possible, just not popular among the lending community. As before, we have only one lender in this industry! We don’t come across these requests too often, but when we do, it is satisfying to say, “we may have a solution.”

Do you have a difficult loan request? Has everyone told you “no” because you fit one of the scenarios above? If so, we would like to speak with you!

Be on the lookout for our next blog article that features auto mechanics and why that experience also requires a knowledge of the options! I think we can all agree that we are paying too much for our cars to be serviced in most cases and it pays to know who else can do it for less!

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HCC Secures $570,000 Loan For An Electronics Distributor

HCC Secures $570,000 Loan For An Electronics Distributor

In a first of two capital placements, Huntington Coast Capital secured a $570,000 SBA 7A loan for a electronics distributor in Chicago, IL.

The company was in dire need of additional capital to meet it’s growing demand. They needed capital to purchase the inventory they then sold on their online platform. Because the company sold at point of sale through the website, they were not a fit for traditional accounts receivable financing.

The company specializes in refurbished tablet computers – mainly iPad and Samsung units. In this business, it is necessary to have the inventory on hand to be able to fulfill customer orders in a timely manner. The newly acquired line of credit will allow them to do just that.

As a second step, HCC is now working with them on a supply chain funding facility for an additional $500,000 to work in conjunction with the existing financing. With a total purchasing power of $1,000,000, the company would be able to grow exponentially.

If your business could benefit from additional capital, we would like to speak with you.

To your success!

Patrick Zazueta | Founder
Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.
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