Natural Nutrition

One of the most important decisions you have to make to keep your dog healthy, concerns nutrition. Food is the engine that drives your dog through a better and longer life. There are several schools of thought on what types of nutrition you should feed your dog. You can reduce these two camps into two: manufactured and heavily processed food and natural nutrition.Those who believe in feeding their dog “natural” food believe it results in an increase in wellness and longevity. The supporters perceive commercial food as being less capable of providing the right nutrition for canines. Commercial processed foods, they argue, are too heavily processed and contain unnecessary chemicals and other additives. Some, they feel, are actually harmful for your dog and/or interfere with your canine’s ability to reach his or her full potential. The question remains: “What is natural nutrition and why is it supposed to be so good for my canine companion?”What Is Natural NutritionNatural nutrition refers to the contents of certain types of dog nourishment. It is natural because it does not contain any synthetic additions. A truly natural product has not contact with either pesticides or chemical preservatives. It comes from natural food sources. Top preference for the sources would be organic meat, fish, grains and vegetables. Another term that may arise is holistic. There is, however, a difference between these two types of nutritional suppliers.Organic food is approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program or its equivalent in Canada or Europe. All the ingredients do not contain or come into contact with hormones, chemicals or pesticides at any stage of their development. The process of the grains, meat and vegetables into the diet does not involve the addition of any of these same products or other chemicals, particularly preservatives, into the food at any time during the manufacturing process.Holistic nutrition is slightly different than organic is. While the demand for high quality ingredients that are chemical, pesticide, hormone and preservative free is the same, there are distinctions. Holistic nutrition is part of a more complex system of health and well-being. Its specific intent is to provide a positive effect on the animal’s health.Basic Natural NutritionWhether you prefer the labels holistic or organic, read the labels to understand what the food contains and whether it is healthy and suitable for your canine. Does it contain sufficient nutrients? Are these the right type in the right amount for your canine?What natural/organic/holistic nutritional food consists of is written clearly for you to read. Look at the label. The very first ingredients on the list will indicate how natural and nutritious the food will be for your dog.The first ingredient on the label indicates the largest percentage of the food consists of this. It should be any of the following· Whole chicken
· Whole turkey
· Whole lamb
· Whole venison
· Whole meatsNatural nutrition does not consist of meat by-products. Meat products is a catchall term for anything from horse hoofs to ground giblets. Whole meats contain the highest nutritional value.The next ingredient to consider is the whole grains. Unlike commercial products, natural nutrition relies on whole grains. They avoid wheat, flour and white rice. Instead, these contain brown rice and oats. These food are better fiber sources and easier for on the digestive tract.It is necessary to add preservatives. Organic and holistic dog food rely on natural alternatives. These include tocopherols or vitamin E. Natural nutrition also will include natural antioxidants. This includes rosemary. These are to help your canine in the fight against diseases. The food also contains phytonutrients commonly found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly blueberries, parsley, carrots and apples. These help promote health and healing in your dog.ConclusionNatural nutrition does not mean a raw food diet. It means providing your dog with a healthy diet. If you combine whole, natural grains and meat with phytonutrients and antioxidants, you create a powerful tool. Together these ingredients can help your dog create and live a long and healthy life.

US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%

US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 1.14%. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 0.98% and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up by 0.71 per cent

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US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%
Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. Source: Reuters
US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 345.25 points or1.14 per cent. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 35.88 points or 0.98 per cent and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up 75.75 points or 0.71 per cent. A Reuters report said that today’s strength was on the back of a report which said the Federal Reserve will likely debate on signaling plans for a smaller interest rate hike in December, reversing declines set off by social media firms after Snap Inc’s ad warning.

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Nasdaq Top Gainers and Losers

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Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. The BSE Sensex ended at 59,307.15, up by 104.25 points or 0.18 per cent from the Thursday closing level. Meanwhile, the Nifty50 index closed at 17,590.00, higher by 26.05 points or 0.15 per cent. In the 30-share Sensex, 13 stocks gained while the remaining 17 ended on the losing side. In the 50-stock Nifty50, 21 stocks advanced while 29 declined.

Alternative Financing Vs. Venture Capital: Which Option Is Best for Boosting Working Capital?

There are several potential financing options available to cash-strapped businesses that need a healthy dose of working capital. A bank loan or line of credit is often the first option that owners think of – and for businesses that qualify, this may be the best option.

In today’s uncertain business, economic and regulatory environment, qualifying for a bank loan can be difficult – especially for start-up companies and those that have experienced any type of financial difficulty. Sometimes, owners of businesses that don’t qualify for a bank loan decide that seeking venture capital or bringing on equity investors are other viable options.

But are they really? While there are some potential benefits to bringing venture capital and so-called “angel” investors into your business, there are drawbacks as well. Unfortunately, owners sometimes don’t think about these drawbacks until the ink has dried on a contract with a venture capitalist or angel investor – and it’s too late to back out of the deal.

Different Types of Financing

One problem with bringing in equity investors to help provide a working capital boost is that working capital and equity are really two different types of financing.

Working capital – or the money that is used to pay business expenses incurred during the time lag until cash from sales (or accounts receivable) is collected – is short-term in nature, so it should be financed via a short-term financing tool. Equity, however, should generally be used to finance rapid growth, business expansion, acquisitions or the purchase of long-term assets, which are defined as assets that are repaid over more than one 12-month business cycle.

But the biggest drawback to bringing equity investors into your business is a potential loss of control. When you sell equity (or shares) in your business to venture capitalists or angels, you are giving up a percentage of ownership in your business, and you may be doing so at an inopportune time. With this dilution of ownership most often comes a loss of control over some or all of the most important business decisions that must be made.

Sometimes, owners are enticed to sell equity by the fact that there is little (if any) out-of-pocket expense. Unlike debt financing, you don’t usually pay interest with equity financing. The equity investor gains its return via the ownership stake gained in your business. But the long-term “cost” of selling equity is always much higher than the short-term cost of debt, in terms of both actual cash cost as well as soft costs like the loss of control and stewardship of your company and the potential future value of the ownership shares that are sold.

Alternative Financing Solutions

But what if your business needs working capital and you don’t qualify for a bank loan or line of credit? Alternative financing solutions are often appropriate for injecting working capital into businesses in this situation. Three of the most common types of alternative financing used by such businesses are:

1. Full-Service Factoring – Businesses sell outstanding accounts receivable on an ongoing basis to a commercial finance (or factoring) company at a discount. The factoring company then manages the receivable until it is paid. Factoring is a well-established and accepted method of temporary alternative finance that is especially well-suited for rapidly growing companies and those with customer concentrations.

2. Accounts Receivable (A/R) Financing – A/R financing is an ideal solution for companies that are not yet bankable but have a stable financial condition and a more diverse customer base. Here, the business provides details on all accounts receivable and pledges those assets as collateral. The proceeds of those receivables are sent to a lockbox while the finance company calculates a borrowing base to determine the amount the company can borrow. When the borrower needs money, it makes an advance request and the finance company advances money using a percentage of the accounts receivable.

3. Asset-Based Lending (ABL) – This is a credit facility secured by all of a company’s assets, which may include A/R, equipment and inventory. Unlike with factoring, the business continues to manage and collect its own receivables and submits collateral reports on an ongoing basis to the finance company, which will review and periodically audit the reports.

In addition to providing working capital and enabling owners to maintain business control, alternative financing may provide other benefits as well:

It’s easy to determine the exact cost of financing and obtain an increase.
Professional collateral management can be included depending on the facility type and the lender.
Real-time, online interactive reporting is often available.
It may provide the business with access to more capital.
It’s flexible – financing ebbs and flows with the business’ needs.
It’s important to note that there are some circumstances in which equity is a viable and attractive financing solution. This is especially true in cases of business expansion and acquisition and new product launches – these are capital needs that are not generally well suited to debt financing. However, equity is not usually the appropriate financing solution to solve a working capital problem or help plug a cash-flow gap.

A Precious Commodity

Remember that business equity is a precious commodity that should only be considered under the right circumstances and at the right time. When equity financing is sought, ideally this should be done at a time when the company has good growth prospects and a significant cash need for this growth. Ideally, majority ownership (and thus, absolute control) should remain with the company founder(s).

Alternative financing solutions like factoring, A/R financing and ABL can provide the working capital boost many cash-strapped businesses that don’t qualify for bank financing need – without diluting ownership and possibly giving up business control at an inopportune time for the owner. If and when these companies become bankable later, it’s often an easy transition to a traditional bank line of credit. Your banker may be able to refer you to a commercial finance company that can offer the right type of alternative financing solution for your particular situation.

Taking the time to understand all the different financing options available to your business, and the pros and cons of each, is the best way to make sure you choose the best option for your business. The use of alternative financing can help your company grow without diluting your ownership. After all, it’s your business – shouldn’t you keep as much of it as possible?