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How to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Threats

Risk management is a key component of any successful business plan. In today’s world – where data breaches are common occurrences – it’s especially important for business owners to understand the digital risks they face. Are you doing all you can to mitigate the risk of a cyber attack? The importance of cybersecurityMany small-business owners may think their organizations hold little appeal to hackers due to their small size and limited scope. However, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA), this naivety may actually make them ideal targets. Small business are keepers of employee and customer data, financial account information,… [...]

Has something finally broken the financial system?

Written by: Benjamin Bimson CIMA®, CMT® / CIO, Trek FinancialAfter the Federal Reserve bank hiked interest rates over 4.75% in roughly a year, the banking industry has shown signs of challenges. Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on Friday, March 10th. Two days later, Signature Bank was shut down by regulators.Since that time, news agencies have reported on other banks that have struggled with the economic environment created by rapidly increased interest rates and depositor anxiety. There is no shortage of opinions in the news outlets and a few wake-up calls to depositors… [...]

Are you considering taking a personal loan? First, it’s important to understand what it is before taking action.  A personal loan allows you to borrow money to pay for personal expenses as a form of installment debt. You might use a personal loan to cover moving expenses, debt consolidation, medical bills, unexpected expenses, and more. A personal loan is also different from a personal line of credit. The latter is not a lump sum amount; instead, it works like a credit card. You have a credit line that you can spend money against and, as you do so, your available credit… [...]

“Good is bad and bad is good!”

Written by: Benjamin Bimson CIMA®, CMT® / CIO, Trek FinancialLast week was certainly busy in the markets, with two themes playing key roles in the potential direction of markets this year.  The first being the Fed. The Fed hiked interest rates a quarter of a percentage point last Wednesday, there are questions about how many rate hikes will follow, when the Fed will pause interest rate hikes, and some speculation about changes in policy to monetary easing. The second theme that is moving market data is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly employment report. The report showed a larger… [...]