Something is going on out there. Recently I’ve opened a new checking account at BofA for a small business venture, but I had one major problem to overcome. Something that I would have never expected. When I got to the bank they said “you will have to stand in line to open an account. “ I asked my personal banker ‘what’s going on’? She said “ did not understand what was happening, but since this morning there has been a steady stream of new customers coming into the bank and opening business checking accounts. I have never seen this much activity before”.
Based on a recent Bloomberg report, Optimism among America’s small businesses soared in December by the most since 1980 as expectations about the economy’s prospects improved dramatically in the aftermath of the presidential election.
Being in business for 40 Plus years I hear this from my personal business associates. The consensus is that their feeling is ‘2017 is going to be a good year’. The share of business owners who say now is a good time to expand is three times the average of the current expansion, according to the NFIB’s data. More companies also said they plan to increase investment and keep hiring, which reflects optimism surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s plans of spurring the economy through deregulation, tax reform and infrastructure spending.
Fifty percent of respondents, the biggest share since March 2002, said they expect better business conditions in the next six months. That was 38 percentage points higher than in November. The net share of firms projecting higher sales jumped by 20 points to 31 percent. Some 29 percent say they will boost capital outlays within six months.
The National Federation of Independent Business’s index jumped 7.4 points last month to 105.8, the highest since the end of 2004, from 98.4. While seven of the 10 components increased in December, 73 percent of the monthly advance was due to more upbeat views about the outlook for sales and the economy, the Washington-based group said. “
Rising confidence adds to the economy’s upward momentum,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, New York, said in a note. At the same time, the “NFIB membership appears to be disproportionately Republican, so it is possible that the data will start overstating strength, opposite the pattern during the Obama administration.”
The NFIB report was based on a survey of 619 small-business owners through Dec. 28. Small companies represent more than 99 percent of all U.S employers, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. A small business is defined as an independent enterprise with no more than 500 employees.
“We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time,” Juanita Duggan, president and chief executive of the NFIB, said in a statement. “Small business is ready for a breakout, and that can only mean very good things for the U.S. economy. Business owners are feeling better about taking risks and making investments.”
So now what do you do? What is your plan for the next 1-2 years? Should you invest in the stock market, hold cash, purchase real estate? Personally, I’m jumping back into the real estate rental market. But I’m being very cautious on what and where I purchase. I’m still licking my wounds from 2008.
Dodd-Frank will be changed. Only 3 new banks have been started since the 2008 crash. I remember when it would have been hundreds! Lending has been stagnant as local and regional banks are handcuffed to lend. What we have is constipation of the money pipeline due in large part to Dodd-Frank.
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About Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true.
Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 42 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.