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Working Through the Cycle: Modern Credit Managers Adapt to Constant Change

After wrapping up a stable year, political power has shifted in Washington, and delinquency is on the rise. Four credit managers weigh in on positive and negative trends that may be in store for 2017, emphasizing the importance of ongoing vigilance and prudence in their never-ending quest to balance risk and reward.... read more

The Evolution of Risk Assessment: Asset Managers Master the Art & Science of Equipment Valuation

In today’s environment, asset managers must not only understand the equipment itself but also the client’s needs and behaviors, regulatory requirements and changing risk appetites. Monitor contributor Lisa Miller catches up with four asset managers who discuss the ever-evolving process of equipment valuation.... read more

Dexter’s TOP Picks for 2017: Fintech Acquisitions, Interest Rate Hikes and Swift Political Action

In his annual TOP Picks article, Dexter Van Dango looks back at his “foolish” predictions for 2016 and lays out his trends, observations and predictions for the year ahead. He anticipates several interest rate hikes, a rush for big banks to acquire rising fintechs and decisive political action from a Republicancontrolled Federal government.... read more

Navigating Headwinds: Business Aviation Finds Optimism in Turbulence

With uncertainty once again swirling around the business aviation finance industry from both international and domestic fronts, Stonebriar’s Michael Amalfitano discusses falling asset values and an over-supply of aircraft while still finding the silver lining in the storm clouds.... read more

Glory Days for Contractors: Transference of Risk in the Construction Market

The construction market looks a lot different depending on your vantage. While conditions have been soft for manufacturers, dealers and rental companies, those on the supply side have seen sales increases. John Crum of Wells Fargo Equipment Finance’s Construction Group examines the trend of risk transference in the market and how it has resulted in optimal conditions for contractors.... read more

All Hands on Deck: AED’s Year of Political Engagement

Associated Equipment Distributors’ Christian Klein details the association’s strategy of increasing engagement between members and lawmakers in 2016 as a means to bolster the industry’s workforce and economic opportunities. He also hints at issues facing AED in 2017.... read more

Not the Best or the Worst of Times: Trucking Industry Holds Steady

Like many markets in 2016, the transportation finance industry has faced its share of highs and lows. Navistar’s Gary Kempinski examines the overall picture, including excess capacity, economic uncertainty, regulatory pressure and healthy replacement demand. Although he expects to see some contraction in the first half of 2017, a return to growth mode is on the horizon.... read more

Local, Federal & Global: The Broad Scope of Business Aviation

Although indicators in the business aviation industry have pointed in different directions this year, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen remains optimistic. In an interview with Monitor, he shares his reasons why and outlines the issues that are top of mind for the association, including keeping air space public and minimizing the industry’s environmental impact.... read more

So Long IT Equipment: Digital Alternatives Are Here to Stay

The forecast for worldwide IT spending in 2016 looks grim, but John Lovelock, Gartner’s chief forecaster, says there’s more to the story than the negative number. He shares the reasons behind the decline, a forecast for 2017 spending and discusses IT’s next big achievement — civilization infrastructure.... read more

Rough Waters Ahead: The ELFA Guides Industry in Wait-and-See Mode

The equipment finance industry has been growing, but a number of factors have slowed things down in 2016. ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta and Bill Stephenson, chairman of the ELFA and CEO and chairman of the executive board of DLL, provide insights on the industry’s health, the coming elections and what the ELFA is focused on in a year of political and economic uncertainty.... read more

Facing Challenges, Old and New: Equipment Finance Executives on the Marketplace

As economic growth continues to crawl forward, equipment finance executives face many challenges. While some are familiar, other challenges, such as technological evolution and creating a culture that appeals to all generations in the workforce, are not. Lisa Miller sits down with four equipment finance executives who discuss the state of the industry and their outlook for the future.... read more

Bank-Owned Equipment Financing: Powerful Forces Influencing the Marketplace

Fifth Third Equipment Finance’s Scott Kiley discusses seven powerful forces influencing bank-owned equipment finance companies, including the increasing market power of trillionaire banks, the oil and gas industry, the growth of alternative financing sources, risk assessment versus pricing and the corporate aircraft market.... read more

Thriving in the Information Age: Building a Long-Term Future with Technology

The leaders of five technology companies discuss the best way equipment finance companies can plan for and implement a software upgrade. They explore the early planning phase, how to select a vendor and how ticket size and asset classes can affect technology needs.... read more

Building Hitachi Finance on U.S. Shores: How to Succeed in Business Without Speaking a Word of Japanese

In April, Bill Besgen stepped down as vice chair of Hitachi Capital America’s board of directors. Besgen started at HCA in 1990 when the Japanese company initiated its U.S. finance efforts. He looks back at his years building the company into a strong player in the U.S. equipment finance business — without speaking a word of Japanese.... read more

Rebounding From a Sluggish Start: The Evolving Equipment ABS Market

In an interview with Monitor, BMO Capital Markets Director Jeff Merchant provides an overview of the equipment ABS market. Though the market has rebounded from a recent drop, volume levels are expected to be down year-over-year as it evolves due to less activity from larger players.... read more

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