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assets. Although cash ϐlow loans can
be expensive, they play a key role in a
business that is expanding.
An advantage of cash ϐlow loans is
the repayment period. These loans
are usually designed according to the
needs of the borrower, with repayment
periods often between ϐive and seven
years. And, since cash ϐlow loans are
different from asset-based loans, rarely
does collateral have to be put up.

Flowing cash flows
Assessing the amounts, timing and
uncertainty of cash ϐlow is the most basic
objective of cash ϐlow management.
Positive cash ϐlow indicates the liquid
assets of a business are increasing,
enabling it to settle debts, reinvest in its

business, return money to shareholders,
pay expenses and provide a buffer against
unanticipated ϐinancial challenges.
The impact of a negative cash ϐlow can
be profound, with many businesses
operating on margins so thin that
frequent lost opportunities will put them
on the path to closing their doors.
Every business can improve its cash
ϐlow. For this to happen, businesses
need to adopt best practices in the way
they invoice, follow up with customers
and monitor outϐlow. With the help
of a qualiϐied professional, these best
cash ϐlow practices may be easier
to achieve.

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