• Australian middle market continues to power ahead as the engine room of economy

    Mick Wright-Smith     |      June 30, 2023

    Banks face several key challenges in lending to middle market companies, Mick Wright-Smith, Co-Founder and Partner, Epsilon Direct Lending explains.

  • OnDeck urges SMEs to act now to save on tax

    Cameron Poolman     |      May 25, 2023

    SMEs  should be exploring opportunities that can simultaneously help them  save on tax while strengthening the business for the new financial year, according to Cameron Poolman CEO of business lender OnDeck Australia. 

  • Staff retention now biggest area of focus for businesses

    First 5000     |      August 24, 2022

    Daniel Riley, leading finance expert and CEO of one of the country’s top business finance providers, Earlypay, says the biggest issue facing businesses in 2022 is attraction and retention of staff.

  • Top four challenges for CFOs in new financial year

    First 5000     |      July 21, 2022

    Rising inflation and the ongoing financial impact caused by COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine continue to cause market volatility and create new challenges for chief financial officers (CFOs) and their teams, according to SAP Concur ANZ.

  • New lending options boost SMEs and the economy

    First 5000     |      September 30, 2021

    Changes to lending markets over the last decade means there are now a wide range of finance options available for small businesses that don’t require property as security, according to a new report by the Productivity Commission.

  • Key elements of a good credit management strategy

    First 5000     |      November 15, 2019

    Extending credit to customers can be a great way to increase the amount they buy, and contribute to develop strong relationships with them. However, if the credit management process is inadequate, you could find customers are paying late or not at all, potentially impacting the company’s bottom line, according to Atradius.

  • Business loan rejecting causing cash flow problems for SMEs

    First 5000     |      September 25, 2019

    More than one in five SMEs are having cash flow problems due to business loans being rejected, according to national data from the September 2019 Scottish Pacific SME Growth Index, out today.

  • Business Funding Guide to help crack credit crunch

    First 5000     |      July 29, 2019

    An industry-first Business Funding Guide that aims to help tackle the access to funding crisis faced by Australian SME businesses has been launched today.

  • The dark side of finance industry reform

    Barry Daniels     |      June 7, 2019

    Mental health distress brought about by industry reform fatigue, constant legislative/regulatory changes and reputational damage of financial services is the unintended consequence that is contributing to many advice practitioners’ decision to terminate their careers and exit the advisory sector.

  • Dealing with bad financial decisions

    Carolin Petterson     |      May 30, 2019

    We all make bad financial decisions from time to time and it’s all about bouncing back and retaining control over our money. Here’s a guide that’ll show you how to deal with bad financial decisions.

  • How to manage and overcome bad financial decisions

    Carolin Petterson     |      April 26, 2019

    As flawed creatures, every now and then, we are bound to make bad decisions. They can be big and impact our whole life or they can be small and only serve as a slight annoyance.

  • SMEs say no to property as security: survey

    First 5000     |      April 9, 2019

    Eight out of 10 business owners say they resent providing property as security to fund their SMEs, and overwhelmingly they would be willing to pay a higher interest rate to get property out of the funding equation, according to national research. 

  • How to make a financial plan that will help you take care of your aging parents

    Carolin Petterson     |      March 1, 2019

    There comes a moment when we need to step forward and provide support to the people who have devoted their whole lives to us. Let’s take a look at some of the steps we can take to help our aging parents solve one of the biggest problems of the senior years – financial independence.

  • Two decades of lost opportunities in Asia for Australian financial services

    Rob Macpherson     |      February 24, 2019

    As international financial service groups stream into Asia to establish operations, the self-imposed absence and withdrawal by Australia’s leading institutions are lost opportunities with long-term ramifications.

  • VC investment in Australian startups in 2018 exceeds US$899m

    First 5000     |      February 3, 2019

    Venture capital (VC) invested in Australia hit a record US$899 million in 2018, up from US$659.9 million in 2017, according to Venture Pulse Q4 2018, the quarterly global VC trends report published by KPMG.

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