Earnings Arbitrage for Entrepreneurs
Arbitrage: the practice of buying something in one place and selling it (almost) immediately in another place where it’s worth more.
My initial introduction to the arbitrage game came while I was working my way through college. I was fortunate enough to land a high paying job as a floor trader for a boutique investment firm. During lulls in trading activity you could do two things: play practical jokes on the other traders or find ways to make some more money. I opted for the latter and began buying stocks up that could be instantly resold on a different stock exchange for a profit. The money was not so much in the tight spreads as in the volume. If you did enough arb trades each and every day you could make a good income. Sadly I had to give the job up eventually because its hours only allowed me to take late afternoon and evening classes. If I was going to complete my degree within an acceptable time frame the mornings and early afternoons had to be freed up.
To Grow Fast Should You Build or Buy?
Whenever the topic of small business growth strategies comes up, there’s one that’s almost never remembered. I refer to growth via acquisitions, or as it’s sometimes called “inorganic growth.” Practically everyone’s thinking is limited to so-called “organic growth.” So let’s take a look at these two basic growth strategies and consider their pluses and minuses.