Businesses Look to Installment Loans Rather than Stocks
Stock Investing Losing Favor
Small businesses are looking to installment loans rather than stocks for funding options. Before the recession, many small businesses were investing in the stock market, trading for added revenues. Dallas-area financial planner Chance Woods stated his clients have a “mixed feeling of relief at stock gains since March, and are reluctant to fully commit to the market.” Research is showing that most small business owners are feeling the same hesitation. The financial hit many of them took due to last years’ recession is having a huge effect on their confidence to move towards stock investing again.
Woods added, “People have been on an emotional roller coaster over the last two years, so they’re not quite ready to say, ‘I’m all in’…it’s going to take some time for them to recover and a lot less market volatility than we’ve seen.”
Although alternatives to stocks like money-markets and savings accounts were popular, it seems now that the return on investment is so low, business owners are hesitant there, too. According to Bankrate.com, the current rates for both modes of investments average about 1.5 percent around the country. Seeing the lackluster interest rate, many business owners are opting for immediate installment loan options rather than wait out slow and minimal returns of other investing vehicles.
A Case in Point
Donnie Griffin, owner of a management consulting firm in Palm Springs, California, invested his money wisely. However, when the recession hit hard, he sold a good portion of his $250,000 portfolio. One week later, the stocks saw their biggest gain throughout the recession period. Griffin agreed he had “unfortunate timing” in his decision, but he also said that he wouldn’t venture back into the stock investing market easily. “Once you make a decision I think you’ve got to just ride it out… having experienced this drop, I’m better experienced for the next time one comes around.”
Griffin is not alone. As a business owner, his sentiments are shared nationwide. Many people lost a lot of money in stocks during the down economy. Although Griffin is patient, a lot of others aren’t. They want a more solid way of guaranteed money. Installment loans for a lot of qualified small business owners are proving to be that option. These types of loans are quick and simple for the qualified applicant. They potentially can bring money in when small business owners need it most. Rather than wait out a long-term investment and then reap only a small to moderate return, business owners are more confident in alternative types of loans.
No Guarantees on the Market
The most difficult thing for investors is that there is never a guarantee of market growth. The market is volatile and may take another turn for the worse. Robert Haley of Advanced Wealth Management stated, “It’s a gamble to hold and not sell now, and it’s a gamble to go all-in.” He believes that the way to mitigate the gamble is to build a long-term portfolio, but not rely on it for immediate funding. His belief is that a portfolio is never for immediate (or even moderate-term) funding. A better option may be immediate installment loans, or assets that are quickly liquidated. These are the types of funds that small business owners should have readily available for times of trouble.