Post-secondary students get mixed marks when it comes to understanding credit, budgeting: RBC Poll

TORONTO, Sept. 3, 2014 /CNW/ – Both post-secondary students and their parents wish students knew more about personal finance and financial literacy, according to the latest 2014 RBC Student Finances Poll. Almost nine-in-ten students (87 per cent) reported that they still have a lot to learn about managing finances; more than a third (42 per cent) wished they knew the cost of small extras they required and 41 per cent wished they knew more about budgeting. The majority of parents (59 per cent), meanwhile, wished their students knew the importance of saving and early planning.

Students are also concerned about unexpected financial needs, the details of paying back their student loans, and the shape of their finances upon graduation. Students overwhelmingly agree that their parents have been good financial role models, and are very inclined to discuss school-related finances. Credit, however, is more of a mystery.

“Interestingly, while students say they have a lot to learn about managing their finances, credit knowledge remains a bit of a mystery to students and parents alike,” said Melissa Jarman, director, Student Banking, Royal Bank of Canada. “In our report card, students were less knowledgeable about credit than their parents, but some parents didn’t fare all that much better. This shows us that there is a lot for both parents and their children to learn about managing finances to ensure that everyone is getting the right information. Speaking to a financial advisor about managing finances, including credit, is an important step for anyone.”

This isn’t to say that students aren’t interested in their parents’ opinions when it comes to things like taking on debt – in fact, 80 per cent of students responded that they ask their parents about the topic, and consult their parents on financial issues on everything from major purchases to investing.

“Maintaining a strong credit score will help students later in life as their goals change from paying for education to buying their first car, starting a business or buying their first home,” said Jarman. “It’s our job to help people understand how using credit responsibly can help them down the line. Many students get their first credit card when they begin post-secondary education, so this is the time to educate them on responsible credit use.”

To help parents and students increase their financial knowledge, RBC is sharing some myths and realities of credit scores.

Myths & Realities of Credit Scores

  1. Myth: There is no harm paying your bills late as long as it only happens occasionally.
    Reality: Missing even one bill payment can negatively affect your credit rating – this includes your mobile phone, internet and credit card bills.
  2. Myth: Applying for a lot of different credit cards doesn’t affect your credit score.
    Reality: Applying for a lot of different credit cards can hurt your credit score, so don’t apply for a card for the free swag that comes with it – it could end up costing you more in the end.
  3. Myth: In Canada, your credit rating is affected by your age, income and gender. The higher a person’s income, the better that person’s credit rating will be.
    Reality: Your credit rating is based on your record of managing your finances responsibly. Lenders look at how you handle your financial obligations, such as whether you pay your monthly bills on time, carry a balance, or regularly miss payments.
  4. Myth: Checking your own credit will harm your credit standing.
    Reality: Checking your own credit history does not affect your credit rating. In fact, it’s recommended that you request a report on an annual basis to check for errors.
  5. Myth: Asking for lower limit on any credit product will help your credit rating.
    Reality: Lenders like to see a big gap between your available limit and the amount of credit you’re actually using. Apply for the credit you need and use it responsibly. While it’s best to pay off your balance in full each month, you should always make the minimum payment.

About RBC’s financial planning advice, resources and interactive tools
RBC’s Advice Centre offers advice and tools for students. Interactive tools and calculators provide customized information covering many facets of personal finance, including the Student Budget Calculator and the Debt Reduction Plan. With the guidance of RBC advisors who are available to chat live, Canadians have access to free, no-obligation professional advice about RBC products and services and personalized one-on-one service. Further information is available at rbcadvicecentre.com. In addition, RBC’s myFinanceTracker, a comprehensive online financial management tool, offers all personal RBC online banking clients the ability, at no cost, to create a set budget and track their spending habits. As well, RBC Virtual Visa Debit enables clients to pay for online, over the phone, or mail order purchases with funds directly from their bank account.

About RBC Student Finances Poll 2014
The 2014 RBC Student Finances Poll was conducted by Ipsos Reid through a national online survey of 1,180 students aged 17 to 24 and of 971 parents of students in post-secondary school (as of September 2014). Data were collected from June 6 to June 20, 2014. The results are based on a sample where quota sampling and weighting are employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the actual Canadian student population according to Census data. Quota samples with weighting from the Ipsos online panel provide results that are intended to approximate a probability sample. An unweighted, probability sample of this size, with 100 per cent response rate, would have an estimated margin of error of ±3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to, coverage error and measurement error.

ABOUT RBC
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 40 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2013, we contributed more than $104 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $69 million and $35 million in sponsorships. Learn more at www.rbc.com/community-sustainability.

SOURCE RBC

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Tarena International, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results

BEIJING, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Tarena International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TEDU) (“Tarena” or the “Company”), a leading provider of professional education services in China today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Second Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • Net revenues increased by 53.4% year-over-year to US$31.9 million from US$20.8 million in the same period in 2013, exceeding the high end of the Company’s previous guidance of US$30.5 million to US$31.5 million.
  • Gross profit increased by 60.0% year-over-year to US$22.7million from US$14.2 million in the same period in 2013. Gross margin increased to 71.2% as compared to 68.2% in the same period in 2013.
  • Operating income increased by 95.4% year-over-year to US$3.6 million from US$1.9 million in the same period in 2013. Operating margin increased to 11.4% as compared to8.9% in the same period in 2013.
  • Non-GAAP operating income, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 149.9% year-over-year to US$5.1 million from US$2.0 million in the same period in 2013. Non-GAAP operating margin increased to 15.9% as compared to 9.8% in the same period in 2013.
  • Net income increased by 204.5% year-over-year to US$5.7 million from US$1.9 million in the same period in 2013.
  • Non-GAAP net income, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 249.1% year-over-year to US$7.2 million from US$2.1 million in the same period in 2013.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and time deposits totaled US$151.5 million as of June 30, 2014, compared to US$38.3 million as of December 31, 2013.
  • Deferred revenue totaled US$20.0 million as of June 30, 2014, compared to US$15.5 million as of December 31, 2013.
  • Total student enrollments in the second quarter of 2014 increased by 35.6% year-over-year to 15,377.
  • Total number of learning centers increased to 103 as of June 30, 2014, from 97 as of March 31, 2014.

“I am delighted to report that we achieved an excellent quarter with record revenue and profit,” said Mr. Shaoyun Han, Tarena’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Revenue growth was again driven by increase in student enrollments and higher average revenue per student. Our digital art course continued its tremendous growth to remain as our second largest course by student enrollments in the second quarter of 2014. Our online sales and marketing course, which only launched in the fourth quarter of 2013, also experienced strong growth and has already become our fourth largest course, behind Java, digital art and C++. Such strong enrollment results further validated our differentiated education platform, as well as our strategy to diversify our course offerings and revenues by expanding into other high growth disciplines.”

“More importantly, we achieved significant year-over-year improvements in gross margin and operating margin and delivered even stronger growth in operating income. We will continue to execute on our objective and priority for 2014 in improving our center efficiency and utilization to drive sustainable growth in both revenue and profit, “continued Mr. Han.

“In the second quarter of 2014, the Chinese State Council issued ‘The Decision to Accelerate Modern Vocational Education’ in order to encourage the further development of the professional education market and to bridge the structural gap between the demand for and supply of skilled workforce. The number of college graduates in China has risen to a record high of 7.3 million in 2014 and the employment market is becoming increasingly competitive. As a leading professional education service provider with premium brand and reputation, Tarena is well positioned to capture the opportunities presented by this favorable market environment to drive our future growth.” Mr. Han concluded.

Mr. Suhai Ji, Tarena’s Chief Financial Officer, added, “In addition to our solid top line results, we are pleased to see continued strong margin improvement in the second quarter of 2014 as gross margin increased by 300 basis points year-over-year to 71.2%and non-GAAP operating margin increased by 610 basis points year-over-year to 15.9%. We are delivering on the objective we set at the beginning of the year to drive margin expansion in 2014. In the coming quarters, we will remain focused on optimizing our learning center utilization and improving key operating metrics to generate both growth and profitability.”

Second Quarter 2014 Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues increased by 53.4% to US$31.9 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$20.8 million in the same period in 2013. The increase was primarily due to increased student enrollments and higher average revenue per student, as defined by net revenues divided by student enrollment.

Total student enrollments in the second quarter of 2014 increased by 35.6% to 15,377 from 11,341 in the same period in 2013, which was driven mainly by the number and the popularity of our course offerings. The number of our course offerings increased from 9to 11 in the second quarter year-over-year while the number of our learning centers increased from 76 to 103 in the same period year-over-year to cater to the increased demand for our courses.

Average revenue per student in the second quarter of 2014 increased by 13.1% to US$2,089 from US$1,847 in the same period in 2013. The growth in average revenue per student was mainly driven by the increase of standard tuition fees for our courses and the higher percentage of retail channel in our student enrollment channel mix. Beginning in the second quarter of 2014, we raised the standard tuition fees on some of our courses by RMB1,000 (US$163) per course. While we typically charge students enrolled through the retail channel the standard tuition fee, we generally offer students enrolled through the university channel a discount of approximately RMB4,000 (US$650) per person per course. Our student enrollment mix from retail and university channel was 81%/19% and 72%/28% in the second quarter of 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues increased by 39.2% to US$9.2 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$6.6 million in the same period in 2013. The increase was mainly due to higher rental cost resulting from increased number of learning centers and expansion of existing learning centers, higher personnel cost and welfare expenses resulting from increased number of teaching and advisory staff at our learning centers and higher average salary, as well as higher depreciation expenses for our learning centers.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit increased by 60.0% to US$22.7 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$14.2 million in the same period in 2013. Gross margin increased to 71.2% in the second quarter of 2014 from 68.2% in the same period in 2013.The improvement in gross margin was mainly due to increased operational scale and efficiency for our learning centers. Personnel cost and welfare expenses decreased to 10.7% of total net revenues in the second quarter of 2014, from 12.9% in the same period in 2013. Rental expenses decreased to 8.8% of total net revenues in the second quarter of 2014, from 9.5% in the same period in 2013.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses increased by 54.6% to US$19.1 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$12.4 million in the same period in 2013 as a result of increases in our selling and marketing, general and administrative and research and development expenses. Total non-GAAP operating expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 45.1%to US$17.7 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$12.2 million in the same period in 2013. Total share-based compensation expenses allocated to the related operating expenses increased by 728.9% to US$1.4 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$0.2 million in the same period in 2013.

Selling and marketing expenses increased by 34.3% to US$10.3 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$7.7 million in the same period in 2013. The increase was due to higher personnel cost and welfare expenses related to the growth in our selling and marketing headcount and higher average salary, and expanded marketing efforts primarily as a result of increased spending on advertising as we expanded our network of learning centers. Selling and marketing expenses in the second quarter of 2014 accounted for 32.2% of the total net revenues, compared to 36.8% in the same period in 2013.Advertising and marketing expenses in the second quarter of 2014 accounted for 13.1% of the total net revenues, compared to 16.7% in the same period in 2013.

General and administrative expenses increased by 101.8% to US$7.4 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$3.7 million in the same period in 2013. The increase was mainly due to higher compensation cost for our increased number of general and administrative personnel to support our growing operations, higher bad debt allowance, higher share-based compensation expenses, and to a lesser extent, higher professional expenses. General and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2014 accounted for 23.3% of the total net revenues, compared to17.7% in the same period in 2013. Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 74.1% to US$6.2 million, from US$3.5 million in the same period in 2013. Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2014 accounted for 19.3% of total net revenues, compared to 17.0% in the same period in 2013.

Research and development expenses increased by 37.1% to US$1.4 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$1.0 million in the same period in 2013. The increase was mainly due to higher personnel cost and welfare expenses of our instructors allocated to their content development activities for our courses. Research and development expenses in the second quarter of 2014 accounted for 4.3% of total net revenues, compared to 4.8% in the same period in 2013.

Operating Income

Operating income increased by 95.4% to US$3.6 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$1.9 million in the same period in 2013. Operating margin increased to 11.4%in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to8.9% in the same period in 2013.Non-GAAP operating income, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 149.9% to US$5.1 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$2.0 million in the same period in 2013. Non-GAAP operating margin increased to 15.9% in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to 9.8% in the same period in 2013.

Interest Income, Net

Net interest income was US$1.0 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to US$0.5 million in the same period in 2013. Interest income in both periods consisted of interest earned on our cash and time deposits in commercial banks and interest income recognized in relation to our installment payment plan for students. The increase in net interest income was primarily due to higher deposit levels resulting from the Company’s IPO proceeds in April 2014.

Foreign Exchange Gain/Loss

Foreign exchange gain was US$0.8 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared with a loss of US$0.1 million in the same period in 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to the appreciation of China’s RMB against U.S. dollar when a significant portion of the Company’s IPO proceeds was converted into RMB and placed in bank deposits.

Other Income

Other income in the second quarter of 2014 was US$1.0 million, consisting of US$0.8 million in government grant and US$0.2 million in investment income, compared to almost nil in the same period in 2013. The increase was attributable to government grants of RMB5 million received in the second quarter of 2014 and the investment income of short-term wealth management products purchased in the second quarter of 2014.

Income Tax Expense

Income tax expense was US$0.7 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to US$0.4 million in the same period in 2013.The increase was mainly due to higher taxable income, partially offset by a decrease in the effective income tax rate to 10.5% in the second quarter of 2014 from 17.8% in the same period in 2013.The decrease in the effective income tax rate was primarily due to a tax holiday of a two-year full exemption from 2014 to 2015 followed by a three-year 50% exemption from 2016 to 2018 entitled by one of our wholly owned subsidiaries which is qualified as a “Newly Established Software Enterprise” under the PRC Enterprise Income Tax Law.

Net Income

As a result of the foregoing, net income increased by 204.5% to US$5.7 million in the second quarter of 2014, from US$1.9 million in the same period in 2013. Non-GAAP net income, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 249.1% year-over-year to US$7.2 million from US$2.1 million in the same period in 2013.

Business Outlook

Based on the Company’s current estimates, total net revenues for the third quarter of 2014 are expected to be between US$38.5 million and US$39.5 million, representing an increase of 35.1% to 38.6% on a year-over-year basis. The Company also expects its total net revenues for the full year of 2014 to be between US$134.5 million and US$136.0 million, representing an increase of 44.9% to 46.6% on a year-over-year basis.

This guidance is based on the current market conditions and reflects the Company’s current and preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions, which are subject to change.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its financial results for the second quarter of 2014 ended June 30, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 19, 2014 (9:00 a.m. Beijing time on August 20, 2014).

The dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:

United States:

855 298 3404

International:

+1 631 514 2526

Hong Kong:

800 905 927

United Kingdom:

800 015 9725

China Mainland:

400 120 0539

Conference ID:

1002021

A replay of the call will be available approximately 2 hours after the conclusion of the conference call through August 26, 2014. The dial-in details for the replay are:

U.S. Toll Free:

866 846 0868

International:

+1 800 008 585

Conference ID:                

1002021

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of this call will be available on the Investor Relations section of Tarena’s website at http://ir.tarena.com.cn.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements made under the “safe harbor” provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “confident” and similar statements. Tarena may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Any statements that are not historical facts, including the business outlook for the second quarter of 2014 and statements about Tarena’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Many factors, risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such factors and risks include, but not limited to the following: Tarena’s goals and strategies; its future business development, financial condition and results of operations; its ability to continue to attract students to enroll in its courses; its ability to continue to recruit, train and retain qualified instructors and teaching assistants; its ability to continually tailor its curriculum to market demand and enhance its courses to adequately and promptly respond to developments in the professional job market; its ability to maintain or enhance its brand recognition, its ability to maintain high job placement rate for its students, and its ability to maintain cooperative relationships with financing service providers for student loans. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in Tarena’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is current as of the date of the press release, and Tarena does not undertake any obligation to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

About Tarena International, Inc.

Tarena International, Inc. (Nasdaq: TEDU) is a leading provider of professional education services in China. The Company is the largest provider of IT professional education services in China with a market share of 8.3% as measured by revenues in 2013 according to IDC, a third-party research firm. Through its innovative education platform combining live distance instruction, classroom-based tutoring and online learning modules, Tarena offers courses in nine IT subjects and two non-IT subjects. Its courses provide students with practical education to prepare them for jobs in industries with significant growth potential and strong hiring demand. Since its inception in 2002, Tarena has trained over 155,000 students, cooperated with more than 500 universities and colleges and placed students with approximately 45,000 corporate employers in a variety of industries. For further information, please visit http://ir.tarena.com.cn.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Tarena’s consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), Tarena’s management uses non-GAAP measures of cost of revenues, operating expenses, operating income, net income, and net income per share, which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude the share-based compensation expenses.

Our non-GAAP financial information provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding share-based expenses that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. These non-GAAP financial information should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. In addition, calculation of the non-GAAP financial measures may be different from the calculation used by other companies, and therefore comparability may be limited.

A limitation of using non-GAAP cost of revenues, operating expenses, operating income and net income is that the share-based compensation charge has been and will continue to be a significant recurring expense in the Company’s business for the foreseeable future. In order to mitigate these limitations the Company has provided specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables include details on the reconciliation between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures the Company has presented.

For further information, please contact:

Christina Zhu
Investor Relations
Tarena International Inc.
Tel: +8610 56219451
Email: ir@tarena.com.cn

 

TARENA INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS






As of



June 30



December 31



2014



2013



US$



US$








ASSETS







Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents



49,609,069



26,139,255

Time deposits



92,101,664



Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts



18,946,361



15,001,222

Prepaid expenses and other current assets



6,018,695



3,497,332

Deferred income tax assets



1,565,763



1,546,213

Total current assets



168,241,552



46,184,022

Time deposits



9,769,175



12,161,617

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts



640,752



415,881

Property and equipment, net



13,156,747



12,805,567

Other non-current assets



1,797,879



2,105,832

Total assets



193,606,105



73,672,919








LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE EQUITY AND SHAREHOLDERS’DEFICIT














Current liabilities:







Accounts payable



114,612



217,451

Income taxes payable



3,228,072



3,012,165

Deferred revenue



20,043,271



15,487,494

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



7,941,867



6,617,558

Total current liabilities



31,327,822



25,334,668

Other non-current liabilities



241,342



243,555

Total liabilities



31,569,164



25,578,223








Commitments and contingencies





Mezzanine equity:







Series A convertible redeemable preferred shares





419,776

Series B convertible redeemable preferred shares





15,747,869

Series C convertible redeemable preferred shares





95,211,135

Total mezzanine equity





111,378,780








Shareholders’ equity (deficit):







Ordinary shares



50,657



12,226

Additional paid-in capital



219,076,654



Accumulated other comprehensive income



1,227,420



1,634,920

Accumulated deficit



(58,317,790)



(64,931,230)

Total shareholders’ equity (deficit)



162,036,941



(63,284,084)

Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and shareholders’ equity (deficit)



193,606,105



73,672,919








 

TARENA INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME








For the Three Months Ended June 30


For the Six Months Ended June 30




2014



2013


2014

2013




US$



US$


US$

US$


Net revenues



31,942,301




20,825,503



56,280,750


 

35,967,104


Cost of revenues(a)



(9,211,736)




(6,615,820)



(17,796,655)


 

(12,629,313)


Gross profit



22,730,565




14,209,683



38,484,095


23,337,791


Selling and marketing expenses(a)



(10,299,493)




(7,670,643)



(19,127,123)


 

(13,188,783)


General and administrative expenses(a)



(7,432,800)




(3,683,816)



(13,190,817)


 

(6,863,215)


Research and development expenses(a)



(1,366,025)




(996,117)



(2,510,837)


 

(1,623,240)


Operating income



3,632,247




1,859,107



3,655,318


1,662,553


Interest income



1,006,550




512,093



1,465,869


 

804,932


Foreign exchange gain(loss)



794,996




(119,937)



877,096


 

(161,338)


Other income



973,929




37,620



1,446,772


 

38,337


Income before income taxes



6,407,722




2,288,883



7,445,055


2,344,484


Income tax expense



(675,919)




(406,789)



(750,343)


 

(416,499)


Net income



5,731,803




1,882,094



6,694,712


1,927,985


Accretion of convertible redeemable preferred shares



Filed Under: Financial News

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Internationally, the choice by the United States practically forced all other significant moneys to additionally go off the gold specification. Any investor which sees the financial situation broadly-both locally and internationally-can view that trouble exists ahead. We have actually postponed the inescapable since China is a companion in our financial concerns. The Chinese are building their own personal debt on the suspicious foundation of the U.S. dollar, and other Asian economic situations have been forced to go along for the trip. When the buck falls, lots of various other countries will endure also. The offset, logically, is discovered in commodities. Buying oil stocks makes good sense, for instance, given that the price of oil is increasing and as it becomes a lot more challenging to pierce oil those firms that possess drilling and expedition procedures will benefit. It makes feeling to spend in other products also. The concrete asset play is clearly where future worth is going to exist. With China’s relentless necessity for coal, iron native mineral, tungsten, copper, oil, and other metals, the future of concrete markets is the bright place in the bleak monetarily based economics of the world. Leading the charge is gold. It is odd that financial policy complies with a predictable design. Unavoidably, they constantly return to gold, yet usually at great expense and with considerable suffering. We do not have to merely hold on and hang around for the death of the buck; we could take action now because that demise is great for your portfolio-if you position yourself in concrete assets rather than in vacant fiat promises and the bizarre financial premise of U.S. financial plan. Product and services could be paid for simply with solutions and products. Currency is only an IOU, a promissory note that is not supported up with any tangible value. Once we reach our nationwide credit line, financial policy will certainly be required to pull back. When that occurs, conventional investors and their interest-bearing accounts are visiting be hit hard. The recipient of the dropping buck will certainly be the financier whose holdings stress tangible worth of goods: resources and metals. Those financiers positioned in dollar-based investments are going to suffer the loss of purchasing power when the buck’s value vanishes. Those which have relocated their financial investments to higher ground will benefit from the adjustment. Spending in gold through possession of the metal itself, mutual funds, or gold mining stock supplies the most direct counter to the dollar. The globe economic situation may stay off the gold standard, however eventually the tangible worth of gold as the basis for actual value-whether acknowledged by main financial institutions or not-will never ever adjustment. The answer: Gold is the only genuine cash, and its value can not be changed or controlled by federal government fiat-the hiddening reason for governments to go off the gold criterion. For individuals who are reluctant to spend in bodily gold, however still desire some exposure to the precious steel, gold shared funds provide a practical choice. These funds hold portfolios of gold stocks-that is, the stocks of firms like Newmont Mining that mine for gold.

Newtek Hires Two Senior Executives for Risk Division and Newtek Business Credit

NEW YORK, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Newtek Business Services, Inc. NASDAQ: NEWT, The Small Business Authority®, announced today that it has attracted and retained the talents of two senior executives, Susan Streich and Harold Gartner.

Susan Streich will be joining Newtek Business Services, Inc. and Newtek Small Business Finance, Inc., our nationally licensed SBA 7(a) lender, as Chief Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Ms. Streich has over 30 years of experience as an executive-level finance professional with extensive experience initiating and leading national small business lending departments ensuring their compliance with federal and corporate requirements. Ms. Streich comes to Newtek from Booz Allen Hamilton where she served as a Senior Advisor, Project Lead and Subject Matter Expert for multiple government clients, including the U.S. Department of Treasury, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and the State Small Business Credit Initiative Fund. Ms. Streich previously worked as a Director at Capital One Bank with an overall loan production exceeding $1.5 billion and as President of Transamerica Small Business Capital.

Harold Gartner joins Newtek as President and Chief Operating Officer of Newtek Business Credit. As a structured finance professional, Mr. Gartner brings nearly 30 years of experience in receivables finance, asset-based lending, factoring, warehouse lending, asset-backed securitization, principal finance, whole loan acquisitions, and corporate M&A. Mr. Gartner’s career includes executive management positions at Morgan Stanley, Chase Manhattan Corporation (now JP Morgan Chase Bank), Nomura Securities International, Daiwa Securities America, ING Capital Markets, and as a small business owner, retained consultant to major institutional clients in the U.S. Capital Markets and Receivables Servicing industries. Mr. Gartner will be based in the Company’s West Hempstead, New York location.

Barry Sloane, Chairman, President and CEO of The Small Business Authority® commented, “Susan Streich, with over 30 years of experience in the SBA 7(a) small business lending space, augments the depth of our management team as well as brings us significant experience in lending compliance, policy and procedures. Susan has a tremendous background managing and operating small business lending operations and has an extensive background in credit as well.  Susan will be based in Virginia, geographically giving us a good presence dealing with businesses and all government agencies.”

Mr. Sloane continued, “Harold Gartner will be working very closely with Peter Downs, our President of Newtek Small Business Finance, Inc., to grow our accounts receivable based factoring business, as well as other credit based products as we attempt to transition into a Business Development Company, for which we are awaiting regulatory clearance from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Gartner’s 25 plus years of experience in receivables financing and capital markets is most welcome to our West Hempstead, New York-based operation.”

About Newtek Business Services, Inc.

Newtek Business Services, Inc., The Small Business Authority®, is a direct distributor of a wide range of business services and financial products to the small- and medium-sized business market under the Newtek brand. including:

  • The Newtek Advantage: Mobile real-time operating platform for business intelligence. The Newtek Advantage puts all critical business transactions in real-time. Access data on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC as it relates to eCommerce for credit/ debit transactions, website statistics, payroll, insurance and business loans.
  • Electronic Payment Processing: eCommerce, electronic solutions to accept non-cash payments, including credit and debit cards, check conversion, remote deposit capture, ACH processing, and electronic gift and loyalty card programs.
  • Managed Technology Solutions (Cloud Computing): Full-service web host, which offers eCommerce solutions, shared and dedicated web hosting and related services including domain registration and online shopping cart tools.
  • eCommerce: A suite of services that enable small businesses to get up and running on-line quickly and cost effectively, with integrated web design, payment processing and shopping cart services.
  • Business Lending: Broad array of lending products including SBA 7(a) and SBA 504 loans.
  • Insurance Services: Commercial and personal lines of insurance, including health and employee benefits in all 50 states, working with over 40 insurance carriers.
  • Web Services: Customized web design and development services.
  • Data Backup, Storage and Retrieval: Fast, secure, off-site data backup, storage and retrieval designed to meet the specific regulatory and compliance needs of any business.
  • Accounts Receivable Financing: Receivable purchasing and financing services.
  • Payroll: Complete payroll management and processing services.

Since 1999, Newtek has helped small- and medium-sized business owners realize their potential by providing them with the essential tools needed to manage and grow their businesses and to compete effectively in today’s marketplace. Newtek provides its services to over 100,000 business accounts and has positioned the Newtek brand as a one-stop-shop provider of such business services. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are over 27.5 million small businesses in the United States, which in total represent 99.7% of all employer firms.

The Small Business Authority® is a registered trade mark of Newtek Business Services, Inc., and neither are a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this press release including statements regarding Newtek’s beliefs, expectations, intentions or strategies for the future, may be “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, intensified competition, operating problems and their impact on revenues and profit margins, anticipated future business strategies and financial performance, anticipated future number of customers, business prospects, legislative developments and similar matters. Risk factors, cautionary statements and other conditions, which could cause Newtek’s actual results to differ from management’s current expectations, are contained in Newtek’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available through http://www.sec.gov.

Contact: Simrita Singh
Telephone: (212) 356-9566 / ssingh@thesba.com 
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Your Good Name and Credit Reputation are Important in Tough Economic Times

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA — In an ever worsening economy your good name and reputation within the community is becoming more important. Creditors have tightened their guidelines effectively barring millions of Americans from borrowing money. Even those with excellent credit are experiencing reduced credit limits and closed equity lines. Mortgage lenders, auto finance companies, credit card issuers and banks have all raised the bar. Borrowers with low credit scores can expect to be denied or to pay significantly higher interest rates than those with excellent credit. Long gone are the days of obtaining credit, goods, benefits, services and/or employment with a 620 credit score. In more instances than not, a consumer will be denied if they maintain a credit score lower than 720.

The terms credit repair, credit restoration and/or credit rehabilitation are somewhat synomous. Those with bad credit cannot afford to ignore the potential benefits of credit repair. In today’s society, credit repair is more important than ever. Approximately 78% of credit profiles contain some sort of error or omission materially impacting credit worthiness. As such, one would be wise to at least explore retaining a reputable credit service organization in the restoration of their own good name and reputation within the community. With that said, Credit Restoration Consultants may be that credit service organization.

Credit Restoration Consultants is a credit service organization specializing in the restoration of consumer credit worthiness as well as identity theft. We assist consumers in achieving a favorable financial credit profile. Everything we do is legal utilizing laws enacted by Congress to dispute negative, erroneous, obsolete, and/or fraudulent information contained within your consumer credit profile.

Utilizing the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act, and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, Credit Restoration Consultants will assist a consumer in the submission of disputes electronically, verbally and in writing to the Equifax, Experian and Trans Union consumer reporting agencies in addition to creditors, collection agencies, third-party record providers and state/federal/private regulatory authorities. Keep in mind that anything Credit Restoration Consultants can do – you can do yourself. Where Credit Restoration Consultants has the edge is the fact that we possess the education, knowledge and a source proven method which yields results.

Unlike most credit service organizations that submit the same written dispute letters monthly, Credit Restoration Consultants has devised a strategy whereby disputes are submitted electronically, verbally and in writing over a six month period to the credit reporting agencies, creditors, collectors, and third-party record providers reporting negative, inaccurate, obsolete and/or erroneous information. Utilizing the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, in addition to laws applicable to a particular state, Credit Restoration Consultants has obtained thousands of deletions and updates for its clients. Credit Restoration Consultants can help remove erroneous and/or inaccurate judgments, liens, bankruptcies, student loans, inquiries, derogatory tradelines, personal identifiers and more! While the credit restoration process can take anywhere from 30 days to six months, most clients see dramatic results in 45-60 days.

Still not convinced as to the benefit of utilizing Credit Restoration Consultants in the restoration of your good name and reputation within the community? You should tune into “The Credit Report with Bill Lewis.” As a nationally known credit repair expert, Bill can be heard weekday’s on the 9′s – both 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. eastern time – on AM 1470 WWNN in south Florida. For those listening online, streaming audio can be accessed at www.wwnnradio.com/ by clicking on the listen live link.

For more information on Credit Restoration Consultants or to discuss existing special offers, please contact us at (954) 581-5050 or online at www.talkaboutcredit.com

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Cheeseburger and fries, hold the politicians. With Republican presidential hopefuls blitzing New Hampshire ahead of its critical January 10 primary, one small eatery in coastal Portsmouth has had it with gladhanding campaigners disrupting diners. So the hand-drawn, red-white-and-blue sign on the door… [Read more...]

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Getting out of debt doesn’t need to becomeas tough as many people make it out to be. There are indeed a number of techniques accessible for those who are serious about making the life change to becoming free from debt. One such technique of this is debt settlement. A terrible trend in the state of New Hampshire that we have been seeing lately is a much bigger number of people located in this state are getting caught up in consumer credit card debt because of how awful the economy is. For such people a debt settlement program can end up being quite helpful. [Read more...]

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Consumers throughout the nation appear to be bettering their payment habits for credit cards, and in turn, improving their credit scores, as a report by Demos indicates average credit card debt dropped in the first few months of 2012 compared to the last report conducted in 2008. According to the…

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PHOENIX, April 18, 2012  /PRNewswire/ — Credit Info Center, the leader in online personal finance self-help information, announces the release of a free credit repair Android app. The app allows users to browse through the process of credit repair, divided into 4 easy-to-understand steps. The new…

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Consumers Paying Credit Card Debt Instead of Mortgages



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The latest Credit Risk Index from the credit monitoring bureau TransUnion recently found that consumer credit risk rose at the end of last year for the first time since 2009, and a major driving factor in that uptick was delinquency on mortgage payments, according to a report from Your Money Matters…

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The truth is finally out about companies who claim to be a law firm and offer debt relief services to people desperate for help. On Monday July 9th the Illinois Attorney General along with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced its settlement with Legal Helpers Debt Resolution LLC. According to the suit brought against the law firm by Lisa Madigan, which was filed in March 2011, the law firm unlawfully charged its clients upfront fees to provide debt settlement services with promises to rid them of their debt. [Read more...]

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