Velocity of Cash – Part 2

cash flow, Financial Independence

A few days back I had written a post on this topic. I have been working on seeing how the same money, multiplies itself just based on the velocity it can get.

FMCG companies are a perfect example of creating wealth due to the velocity of cash.

On a typical tube of toothpaste or a bar of soap,  each of these companies only makes a few cents. But because they sell to the distributors in bulk and realize their money, they invest it back again in  making more and selling more.

Their model is primarily driven by volume even though the per unit margin is very low.

If you look at these companies they generate so much cash, they give out such huge dividends on a consistent basis only because of their ability to generate velocity on the cash.

Cash if it’s kept stagnant in your home cannot generate wealth. Wealth can only get generated when cash keeps moving. If it’s moved into consumption items then it generates wealth for that entity. If it’s moved into productive items, then it will create wealth for you.

One of my philosophies of buying stock , similar to Peter Lynch, is to buy stocks of companies whose products I consume, so that some of the money that I spend comes back to me in dividend and capital appreciation.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!

Velocity of cash

cash flow, Financial Independence

Many years back I had read one book by Prof Ram Charan- Every Business is a Growth Business. Prof Ram Charan is one of the most well known gurus of multi billion dollar CEOs. I have mentioned his books earlier also.

In this book, that I mention above, he tells a story about how a lady in India , who is selling some items on the road and has a simple logic – she wants to sell of all the items that she has got to vend that day, even if she has to give a little discount for a larger quantity because then she can turn the cash around.

In business the equivalent logic is that profit and loss is on the balance sheet for record purposes, what matters is the ability for you to cycle the cash. If you can turn more cycles on your working capital you can generate much higher profits. Cash is real. Profits are only for the books. Companies close because they are not generating cash, not because they are not generating profit. A lot of people in business even now don’t understand the value of cash and hunt for Gross Margins. Gross Margins are important when you are giving a lot of credit because then if you are not even making margins then your business will crash.

Something which I am trying to wrap my arms around is that Cashflow is more important than Networth. I have been a big proponent for the magic of compounding and how it creates magic , the longer you let the money compound.

I have recently been reading a lot of books written by Garrett Gunderson and also following his YouTube channel. His emphasis is that Networth is like a P&L statement which has little significance if cash is not getting generated. His view is that assets which don’t generate regular cash are worthless. As per him the fundamental issue for generating financial independence is cash flow not net worth. I am always looking for ways that can help me figure out a quicker way to financial independence.

As per him like in a company if there’s a machinery and it’s generating products that generate cash for the company then this asset has value. A building which is lying vacant and not generating cash just sits on the balance sheet without creating any value. The value of the land on which the building is sitting may appreciate over time. But the cash which the machine is generating can keep multiplying depending on the velocity that it can generate.

So if I am making 10% margin on every $100 of product sold and I am able to cycle that cash 12 times in a year, then at the end of the year I would have made $120 dollars (a 120% return) while the $ that I invested in building the product are still with me. On the other hand the land lying idle will appreciate maybe 5-10% per annum.

While the above concept is clear to me, what I am trying to get a handle on, is that, for an individual oter than giving property on rent, what other methods exist to get the assets to create cash flow.

If you’ll have got personal assets other than property which is generating cash, I would like to hear from you. Pls put in the comments below

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!