Profit-sharing with the bank!

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How much are you profit-sharing with your bank or other moneylenders?

A quick look at the Profit and Loss Statement in your tax return this year will tell you. If you don’t want to wait that long, look at your 2023 tax return

Go to the Profit and Loss Statement and highlight the Net Profit at or near the bottom

Then go up the column to the line for Interest  or Interest paid and highlight it.

Compare the two figures.

If Net Profit is four or more times the amount shown as “Interest” then you are probably going okay. If Net Profit is 10 times Interest, or more you are certainly not working for the bank.

If Net Profit is about the same amount as Interest paid then you are sharing your profit equally with the bank or other moneylender. That means that if you are working a 12 hour day on your farm or in your business, you are working 6 of those hours for the bank.

If interest is 3 times your Net Profit there is a more serious problem. That means you are working 9 hours a day for the bank.

If interest is 10 times your Net Profit, you are working about 10 hours a day for the bank. Time to change that.

It’s good to know

It is good to know who is making the most out of your working day, because sometimes we work long and hard to make a mountain of money for others but very little for ourselves.

The solution is usually to plan your finances to increase the profit you earn and decrease the interest paid to the bank. A budget that increases profit and decreases debt is the best solution.

Plan your profit in advance

I had always known that, but when I first bought then expanded my merino sheep property at Tullamore and then added my beef cattle property at Braidwood, the truth came home to me in my own financial statements as well as those of my clients all over Australia. It is one thing to consult others but a quite different thing to do it yourself.

Doing my own budgets and changing the farm financial structure so that we were making most of the profit took a bit of time but was very rewarding. When we farm, our focus tends to be mainly on crops, livestock, vehicles, fences and feed. Finances do not enter the daily routine except when the bills come in and we look for funds to pay them.

As a friend once comment to a group discussion, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Financial Farming is what delivers the financial rewards for those long hard days of work

Greg Bloomfield, GBAC

Who is on the borrowers’ side? Bank debt consultants, for sure!

On the Australian Bankers Association website is a bank-friendly warning from ASIC, the so-called corporate regulator, about what they call “Debt management firms” who help borrowers manage their debts. Most Aussie borrowers don’t have debt management skills and banks take advantage of that. The warning says:

“AFCA and consumer groups continue to raise concerns with ASIC about the conduct of debt-management firms and the potential harms these entities may cause consumers, including that they may provide unsuitable services and engage in predatory conduct” – ASIC.

It all depends on who runs those firms.

What do Aussie borrowers need?

The “unsuitable” services, from the ABA viewpoint, that bank debt consultants might provide are to:
make the banks write off debt caused by predatory dishonest lending practices,
make banks share the suffering from deliberately trapping Aussie borrowers in unaffordable debt-traps,
make the banks give borrowers a repayment holiday when the industry or the economy go through tough times
help the borrowers increase their profits with cheaper loans, to clear their debts earlier.

The  big bank protection racket

Banks have the opposite priority to borrowers. What makes the bank rich, makes the borrower poor.

Government too has the opposite priority to business borrowers. It seeks an expanding economy where money moves around and around to primarily create employment then end up in the government coffers through taxes. Business owners borrow then spend the money running the business with the suppliers, staff, marketers etc who spend the money again and so on and so forth.

Aussie borrowers however lose profits through interest they pay, but still need to earn enough profit, or surplus cash, to repay their loans. Otherwise they have “forever” debt and end up working for the bank and the government for life.

Bank debt consultants show borrowers how to retain as much of the money that comes in, as they can, to clear debt early and really enjoy running the business they are skilled at, instead of working day and night under increasing pressure from a rich bank.

Whoever pays the piper, calls the tune.

AFCA, ASIC, ACCC and the Bankers Association work against bank debt consultants obtaining fairer loans for borrowers, investigating inappropriate bank practices and generally helping Aussie borrowers who have been lied to, misled, cheated, defrauded or robbed by the bank. As bank debt consultants for many decades, with their own accounting and family business experience, the GBAC consultants don’t apologies for making billionaire banks write off dishonestly obtained debt to help Aussie families struggling with a cost-of-living crisis, housing crisis and not knowing whether the economy is going up or down.

While banks make billions-Aussie loan seekers look around

Banks are counting up their money

Banks are counting their half year profits in billions. They have so much spare cash that they don’t know what to do with it. Loan seekers are looking around to see how they can share in those billions.  They are they working  with their banking consultants to see how they can keep their businesses and farms secure and profitable by obtaining better loans. Sadly they often rely on people who are not really working for them at all – like bank paid brokers and counsellors. While loan seekers look for funds to expand, banks  buy back their own shares to use up some of their surplus profits.

Loan Seekers want the Honey

Farm loan seekers face a trifecta of major challenges with seasons, commodity prices and government policies driving many to distraction. But they want the honey – the sweetest loan they can get. Getting the honey always takes a bit of effort but it is worth every bit. The easy way to get the very best honey flavoured farm and business loans, is to spray a bit of smoke around and put the bankers into competition with each other. There is an Aussie farmer/accountant who ran his own businesses, sheep and cattle and  thinks that banks should be a lot fairer to their loan customers. His farm loan seeker website puts the banks & other lenders into the financial sale yards of www.farmloanseekers.au  to see what offers they can come up with when competing against each other for the farmer’s business. Bankers sure can sharpen their pencils when they want the business!

Experience Counts

Business loan seekers too need the very best loans, not just on rates and charges, but terms and conditions as well. GBAC founder Greg Bloomfield ran businesses in real estate development and equipment hire. He joined his first public company board when he was 21. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Directors by 24, just before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, CPA and company Secretary. He bought is first sheep property in the 1980’s and moved to cattle in 1990. Greg knows that the best family business security comes from having lenders compete for the loan business through www.businessloanseekers.au and having a consultant to whom your financial security is the absolute top priority.

It is staggering the number of businesses and farms that get wound up or closed down without ever seeking assistance with their loans and cash crises. GBAC has been doing that for half a century. It works partly because clients only deal with the bosses.

Refinance Risks

Why refinance can have risks.

Refinance risks can vary, depending on a wide variety of circumstances. That is because a person who is refinancing is sometimes under more pressure than before. If refinance is not arranged within a specified timeframe, the existing bank could threatening receivership, appoint a manager or foreclosure and sale at auction. The borrower is looking for loan relief.

The best way to deal with that problem is to turn the tables on the bank from whom one is refinancing, by researching its behaviour to identify where it broke the law, the code of conduct or fair trading laws and then sitting down and telling it some home truths about what happens when you raise that by Votergram to some 225 Federal Politicians

Assessing refinance risks by comparing loan repayments against farm profit

“Generally, farmers’ confidence in the agriculture sector drives the demand for debt to fund land and capital acquisitions,” a banker said recently. The average farm profit was reported as $29,000. While many smallcountry roads businesses are not so vulnerable to weather and commodity prices, many are with our major cities somewhat dependent on beach weather. Recent floods have devastated many businesses. Often such disasters dramatically reduce the security value of  a mortgaged property. That is the ideal time to start gentle negotiations for the bank to write off a good bit of the debt. When the debt is reduced, the chances of refinanced are enhanced. Those who have played their cards right will often find themselves refinancing a much smaller debt. That is converting risk into advantage.

A Borrower’s Budget

It is vital for farmers and business operators to find out exactly how many dollars a year they will pay in loan repayments. Then compare that to their budgets. Make certain that the budget reflects the current reality rather than a fairy tale invented for a bank. Loan repayments and interest have to come out of  profit. It is rash to think that the farm loan or the business loan will produce extra net profit. It often does no such thing and even if it does, it usually takes a few years to do so. A borrower’s budget is their best friend. It should regularly compared with the  same period in the previous year and the actuals in the present year.

There is usually a big difference between the total income or turnover of the enterprise. Profit is the bit left after expenses. Loan repayments must be made from Profits. Don’t be misled by turnover!

Refinance Options

The problem is that a even a loan refinance can quickly turn into a debt trap. This can happen with a couple of bad years if the economy crumbles or flood waters cut business. My first reaction when confronted with refinance or even original loans has always been to seefarm in drought if it is possible to achieve the same result without borrowing from a bank.

Over the years, I have shown farmers a variety of alternatives, from savings, to interest-free loans and trade-offs.

Assets can be acquired without getting the bank involved. Publicised interest rates and charges are not the best that can be achieved when borrowing. Offers of special rates and reduced charges requires negotiation. Those wanting to borrow on best terms and conditions, the “FarmloanSeeker” or “FLS” targets an enquiry to a range of banks. It is an easy way to check out what is available. Then negotiate the very best and cheapest loan possible.

Debt help!!

The need for Debt help

This year CBA will earn 10,000 times as much in real money terms as it did before bank de-regulation. The banks are pulling in massive profits just as their customers are drowning in debt. Why? Because the banks have been marketing their mortgage loans to borrowers with big asset backing and those borrowers  are now drowning in unaffordable debt as the bankers knew they would. But in the process the banks have often broken the law and the Code of Banking practice as well as fair trading regulations, all of which the recent Royal Commission identified, but did not compensate borrowers for the damage done.

Traditionally we individual Aussies trusted the banks and put up with the way in  which they treated us. That was because there was not much else we could do. To fight a bank in court could cost millions.

GBAC has found that by analysing and researching facts, figures and bank behaviour  it often turns out that the borrowers have been deliberately tricked into loans with impossible terms that the borrower did not read. The banks often banked on that, particularly with busy family business owners and farmers who were more skilled in their own enterprise than borrowing and just trusted the banks to do the right thing. Prior to de-regulation the bank would have done the right thing.

Turbocharged Voter-Power for borrowers

Today mortgage borrowers, in their role as voters have great sway over government because GBAC realised that Parliament controls the bureaucracy which delivers government and  the voters, control who sits in parliament.

GBAC has developed the Votergram Turbocharge system that allows each and every borrower to tell every single member of any or every Parliament, what the bank has done to them, how unreasonable the bank has been and how disastrous bank de-regulation has been when borrowers are literally robbed and financially abused so that banks can earn billions and their executives can earn multi-million dollar salaries.

Many banks faced with the option to sit down and sensibly discuss how best to deal with the debt in a way that treats the borrower fairly or have the matter discussed by the federal parliament, opt to confer with the borrower and GBAC’s negotiators for an outcome that is fair to the borrowers first. They are after all the customers and the most vulnerable party. If the bank does not act fairly the borrower with GBAC’s assistance can Turbocharge the campaign for a fair go, by Votergram for help

Today there is a completely free association of voters all over Australia. It is called the Australian Voters Network or Voters. It has no party politics and exists only to help and educate its members to persuade the parliaments to improve the fairness factor in Australian government policy. The more who join and share their own experiences, the fairer Australia becomes. It fits with the National Anthem doesn’t it? It is a good organisation for borrowers to join because it can help them a great deal when the crunch comes on.

Banks and Big Businesses Monopolies

For a long time the moneylending banks and big business monopolies have controlled government by bribing our elected MPs with election donations and bullying them with highly paid lobbyists. It looks as though the federal parliament is going to reduce that and such a move will again help borrowers in trouble with their bank.

Anyone wanting to learn a little bit more can contact  GBAC which is run by a former Chartered Accountant / CPA who has run family businesses and farms as well, so knows just how hard it can be to clear big bank debts.

Democracy is the best system of government in the world, but only when driven by the voters to fulfil its potential. Government for the people comes from government by the people via their parliament. Borrowers have a great resource in their parliaments and GBAC has developed the tools to help them access it.

Join Voters now and Turbocharge your Voter-Power. Then give GBAC a call and see how they can help you. If bank behaviour has really upset you, you can go to the BankWatch site to record what happened so that it can be taken into account in submissions to government.

Greg Bloomfield

Debt Solutions for a Borrower

“The Winning Borrower” 

“I was phoned one day by an IT executive, just after I had spoken to a farmer whose total crop proceeds had been seized by the bank. The IT expert had a similar problem. His bank account had also been frozen after a large deposit had been made into the account. The bank’s receiver took it all.”

So begins “The Winning Borrower”, the story of how one Sydney Chartered Accountant with a farming and family business background became a “bank loan consultant” and took on the big banks to provide Aussie debt solutions for Aussie farmers and business owners.

Baseball bats to battle bank debt issues

In the process of negotiations, mediations and refinancing, he discovered the disturbing details of how banks lied, cheated and trapped  farmers in debt they could not clear without selling the farms and did the same to business owners who had mortgaged their homes. The author relates how untrustworthy banks have exploited customers in their quest for multi-billion-dollar profits. He takes a metaphorical baseball bat to the bankers, explaining how some of his  clients ended up making more profit out of their loan settlements than out of farming or business.

Royal Commission investigates bank loan problems

The day the Prime Minister announced that there would definitely not be a Royal Commission into the banking industry, the author sent a Votergram to each one of the 225 Federal MPs decrying the decision. Within days the decision was reversed and the Royal Commission announced.

Author makes book free to farmers during March

The Winning Borrower” 85 page e-book by this businessman,4th generation farmer, Chartered Accountant and CPA , who became a bank loan consultant by accident, is available during March as a FREE e-book to help business owners and farmers all over Australia enjoy more profitable and secure lives.

Fake bank debt dispute resolution

Fake bank debt dispute resolution solutions.

John Collett in SMH Money 24 January 2024 highlights problems with 100,000 complaints to AFCA. Australia’s Fake Complaints Authority. This free bank debt dispute resolution service is an industry internal complaints body, provided by the banking industry, for their own benefit. It is a FAKE, in pretending to be a “Government  Authority”. Hoping to get your bank disputes resolved by a shop front with no teeth can leave you feeling disappointed.

Government owned banks.

Get a fair go from dishonest banks. Contact a genuine bank loan and bank debt consultant like  GBAC. In addition, those taken down by their bank may want government control of banks for a fair banking industry like Australia had before de-regulation  in 1987. Bankwatch can help you persuade Federal Parliament to re-introduce government owned banks to provide honest competition.

Bank dispute resolution trends.

Australia cannot afford to have businesses foreclosed on and sold up or  sent to Debt Mediation. Thousands of small to medium sized family businesses are tricked into unaffordable loans.  Moreover, unaffordable loans can result in  receivers appointed, assets stripped and sold off.

Resolving bank disputes.

It is no good expecting free advice from the banking industry to make the banks pay up for the damage to their customers. GBAC can provide good business debt consultants to help write off interest-inflated debt caused by dishonest bank practices.

Trouble with Transmission Towers

Profits and cashflow affected

Farm or business profits can be suddenly and badly affected when government utility construction staff enter a property. A farm debt or a business debt can do the same if cashflow is badly affected. Gates can be left open, fences or walls knocked down, trading stock or livestock lost and access blocked. GBAC consultants have run their own businesses and farms. They also have an expertise in dealing with government that many others lack. GBAC can be called in to make sure that any transmission construction on or over a business or farm is properly managed to have minimal impact on  finances, particularly  long term loan debt. It can negotiate strongly for serious compensation if damage is done. Enforced transmission lines may have to be accepted, but the wise property owners will ensure that it is at least very profitable.business premises

Don’t waste time with bureaucrats

Individuals often need to make sacrifices for the good of their nation, but when they do they should receive very generous compensation for doing so.

Property owners troubled by transmission lines should not waste time negotiating with bureaucrats or public servants over whom they have no control. Polite persistent political persuasion in the privacy of parliament is the best way to go

Go to those who can say “Yes”, not those who can say “No”

GBAC uses cheap, simple and effective Votergrams to take their concerns directly to every Member of Parliament. MPs are the only segment of government over which most people have any control. In a property owner’s role as a “Voter”, that person gains considerable political power. Voters control political careers. Most MPs are very happy to help voters when approached in the right way.

Chartered Accountant Greg Bloomfield developed Votergrams in his GBAC office before he concentrated on helping Aussies with their mortgage loan and debt issues. To provide strength to those who need community support for more effective political persuasion he also formed the Voters! Network. Transmission towers threaten the peaceful operation of businesses, homes and farms across Australia. That is the sort of issue on which voters need to join forces. When long term mortgages are taken out it is not possible to foresee the future. We have seen millions of dollars damage done by utility construction teams who simply do not know or care that mortgage repayment schedules can be seriously disrupted by intrusive construction teams. GBAC is good at making them care, even long-distance online . shaking hands

Join Voters! and have other voters support you

GBAC knows that bringing in Voters from all over Australia to report problems to Federal MPs helps to  deter harmful practices by construction companies.  Votergrams  can quickly put voters in touch with every state and federal MP in the country. However as negotiating consultants GBAC knows that it is rarely necessary. Once a construction company knows that, it tends to treat property owners properly.

 

Farm Debt – consultants

Do farm debt consultants deliver financial benefits to farmers ?

 

GBAC Farm Debt Consultants’ farm loan clients benefit from Greg Bloomfield’s years as a Chartered  Accountant/ CPA with an emphasis on pastoral companies. They gain too from his experience when he headed the largest NSW Farmers branch, ran sheep at Tullamore and cattle at Braidwood.

 

Many followed his sound farm financial advice in the Hereford Quarterly and rural papers. Farmers were amazed when they won farm debt mediations and huge debt write-offs.

 

Farmers today are freed from overwhelming debt,  with tailored refinance. In the process farmers unexpectedly earned hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions of dollars.

 

At home on a horse or bike, fixing fences or marking calves, having financed his own farms, Greg soon identifies bank loan problems  and bank debt solutions.

farm creek pond

 

Working by phone and fax previously, phone and email now,  GBAC provides farm debt solutions in a way that neither RFCs nor local Accountants can, using unique and persuasive strategies to win a fair go for farmers all over Australia. Receiverships and foreclosures are stopped and prevented.

 

Anyone needing help with a new farm loan or an old farm debt should ring for a chat with Greg any day or evening on 0428 417 496 or 02 9988 3312. Being away from the local town means that what farmers discuss with GBAC remains completely confidential.

 

Borrow Better with your own “broker”

Good Roads affect small businessHow can any small to medium sized business or farmer be properly served by a mortgage loan broker who is  paid substantial commission by a bank and knows little about business or farming?

  • Either the broker serves the bank or they serve the borrower. They can’t serve both because what the bank earns, the borrower pays; what protects the bank makes the borrower vulnerable if loan problems arise.
  • Who do the brokers deal with most, the borrower or the bank? The bank of course on a daily basis.
  • At Borrow Better we do not accept any commission or payment from the bank. We work for borrowers only. As the bank does not pay a broker on loans we help borrowers negotiate, we work to get borrowers a substantial reduction in the loan cost.
  • Borrow Better by having banks compete for your loan business, whether it is a new loan, restructure or refinance.
  • Borrowing is easy. It is the paying it back that is hard. So the most important part of a loan is not the getting of the funds, but the price and promises given to get them.
  • Price of a loan includes:Hay
    Interest rate
    Set-up charge
    Bank fees
    Amount and timing of regular repayments
    Contract terms
    Conditions under which bank can call in the loan to be repaid in full.
    Flexibility if the borrower strikes hard times, gets sick, loses income.
    Ability to repay early or faster.
    Borrower’s ability to meet repayments out of income as only interest will be tax deductible
    How well the borrower gets on with the bankers involved.
    The smiling lender can quickly be replaced by ruthless debt collectors in some loan contracts.
  • Who will gain the most financially from the loan? Make it the borrower!
  • Sometimes borrowers need loan help. At other times help is needed with a defaulting debt
  • If farm debt mediation or business debt mediation arise we can give expert assistance.
  • Even if a bank moves to foreclosure or appointing receivers, we provide appropriate, experienced assistance to borrowers.
  • GBAC consultants are qualified and experienced at running their own businesses and farms.
  • How will that be achieved? BorrowBetter.au consultants will tell you.
  • Call now for a friendly chat 0428 417 498, 0422 907 155, 02 9988 3312

Email greg@gbac.au, pat@gbac.au