February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Features

Managing Risk Through Downturns

As a small business owner all too well of the struggles to manage overhead as we all struggle through sky rocketing health care costs and taxes and inability to raise prices due to economic conditions. Whether one is managing a small business or managing wealth, the top priority should be preserving cash to ride out the current storm. Instead of becoming more levered to debt, businesses try to de-lever and manage operations on a free cash flow (FCF) basis. One has to better scrutinize the risks to capital vs the rewards as we end an economic cycle vs begin it. For seven to eight years the U.S. government, mainly through Fed policy, has encouraged the opposite, while assuring that the econo

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