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Tip of the Day Don't Be Afraid of Stock

Don't Be Afraid of Stock - Today, two-thirds or more of 401(k) money is invested into low-yielding bonds, because bonds are a much safer investment with lower risk than stocks,...

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Variable Committed Expense

Variable Committed Expense - Variable committed expenses can happen from time to time, more than the usual or standard costs, even recurring occasionally. They can be temporary and/or periodic, for a short term, ever-so-often, higher, lower, fluctuating, but ever-present. Allowances for this flexibility and incidence is important in budgeting to off-set these occurrences. Necessary expense, higher and lower at times, can not be avoided, but their impacts minimized effectively. Anticipation, cutting cost, avoiding waste are countermeasures to off-set these impacts.  Downtime, maintenance are part of the budgeted costs of running/operating a business, projected cost in budgets. Parts and labor for example, how often equipment (will), break-downs occur, can be budgeted for, but not precisely predicted.  Having reserves and contingencies built-in holds the key to successfully dealing with these realities and challenges. Actions taken will center around minimizing escalation and upswings of these committed expenses, to ensure business continuity and functioning at all times. Planning, budgeting and resource management can go along way to address these challenges.

 

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Definition: EBITDA is a rough approximation for cash flow and it is calculated as revenues - expenses (excluding taxes, interest, depreciation, and amortization).Advice: EBITDA is very important for investment bankers because transactions are often priced as a multiple of EBITDA.  However, it's important to realize that this is a non-GAAP...

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