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Should personal guarantees be recorded on personal financial statements?

Posted by Pete Faulkner on Oct 25, 2018 6:33:42 PM

International accounting standards suggest that business accounts should record guarantees based on the following conditions:

  • Guarantees are treated as provisions if a call is likely (typically numerous similar guarantees treated as a group)

  • Guarantees are treated as a contingent liability and not recorded in main accounts if a call is not likely (typically one-off guarantees)

But what about personal financial statements?

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Topics: #personalguarantee, #Directors, #SMEs

Do you really need to borrow?

Posted by Keir Cox on Oct 23, 2018 9:12:20 AM

Every business needs capital to grow and a good regular cashflow is the life blood of all enterprises. Achieving that can often be more difficult and too often businesses are simply financing a bad debt hole.

Most people accept that in order to start a business it will require investment in a number of forms; money, time, energy and probably a fair degree of hope. Those funds may be readily available from external sources like banks, peer to peer lenders, friends, family, grants, even credit cards. So often the drive and vision for the new enterprise overshadows the actual monetary return on the investment and the negative impact of cashflow is felt. 

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Topics: #personalguarantee, #Directors, #SMEs

Is Personal Guarantee Insurance expensive?

Posted by Rory Tebbutt on Oct 17, 2018 1:08:50 PM

fWe are currently the only underwriters of Personal Guarantee Insurance in the UK. Several others have made interesting noises about entering the market but with current levels of uncertainty over Brexit they have so far been reluctant to dip their toe in the water.

Being the only insurer in the market makes for a greater sense of responsibility. For many company Directors this may be the first time they have been asked to provide a personal guarantee and they are reluctant to commit without insurance. For those that are married this may be the first time their spouse has had to obtain independent legal advice.  As you can imagine, the knowledge that all of their personal assets are being exposed upon a single signature can also reduce their desire to commit to the finance they need to grow.

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Topics: #personalguarantee, #Directors, #SMEs

Brexit Exit ...

Posted by Dean Cox on Oct 9, 2018 11:39:09 AM

March 2019 sees a couple of fairly major events for me. First of all, I hit sixty, something I’m ill prepared for and to be honest I’m probably looking to come to some sort of a deal to remain at 59. Then just over a week later is the matter of a Brexit Exit. I’m not sure that Theresa May is having a better time here either. Over the last few months she’s learned to dance like me, wear bad suits and look increasingly old, we’ve a lot more in common that I first thought. Meanwhile I have no more knowledge of the full ramifications of the effects of a deal/no deal/no idea deal than I had when the word “Brexit” first appeared on my news feed a few years back.  

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Topics: #personalguarantee, #Directors, #SMEs

The true cost of signing a Personal Guarantee

Posted by Dean Cox on Oct 4, 2018 11:46:56 AM

There are an estimated 4.5 million Personal Guarantees signed by company Directors in the UK alone. Since the recession it’s rare to find a lender that doesn’t ask for a Personal Guarantee if they are extending facilities to a limited company. Most Directors are reluctant to sign Personal Guarantees for the simple reason that if everything were to go wrong the likelihood of losing their home is amongst their greatest fears.

Accompanying the Personal Guarantee is normally a request to seek independent legal advice as to the enforceability of the guarantee and to acknowledge the likely effect on personal assets should the Personal Guarantee be called in.

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Topics: #personalguarantee, #Directors, #SMEs

FCA - "It's our duty to care!"

Posted by Pete Faulkner on Aug 30, 2018 10:07:12 AM

The FCA's July discussion paper invites us to share our opinion on the ‘duty of care’ we owe our clients. Its asks for interested parties to consider:

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Topics: #personalguarantee, #commercial finance, #Directors, #SMEs, duty of care

Everything happens for a reason!

Posted by Pete Faulkner on Aug 17, 2018 5:51:42 PM

Isn’t that a comforting phrase?  We often use it when we are in the midst of troubling times or perhaps to explain some news that wasn’t quite what we were hoping for.  I have heard many students this week use the phrase, it seems to put disappointing exam results in a context that is somehow part of some bigger picture ..

It’s not just students who use this phrase to excuse ‘today’ as if whatever has just happened is an important part of some bigger plan.  It’s used if we want to try and comfort someone trying to cope with a problem or to excuse a position we wish we hadn’t got ourselves into.

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Topics: #personalguarantee, #Directors, #SMEs

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