Machinery & Equipment Values

Many of the major valuation and appraisal firms in the U.S. have their origins in the auction business of industrial assets and/or retail going-out-of-business liquidations. The advent of the Internet, advances in fiber optics and telecommunications, computer technology and a growing global economy have fueled innovation in the way industrial assets are marketed and sold today.... read more

Obama Expands, Extends Bonus Depreciation on Equipment Purchases

At the beginning of September, President Barack Obama unveiled an initiative expanding to 100% the amount that businesses may immediately write off on capital investments. Business leaders applauded the move to broaden bonus depreciation; but some economists said while his heart is in the right place, the President’s proposal may not have the impact he anticipates.... read more

Technology and the Equipment Finance Industry

It is news to no one that the equipment finance industry is under a lot of pressure to change the way its practitioners have always done business. A latest perfect storm of increased regulatory oversight, economic tough times and accounting changes are making life interesting, to say the least. The good news is that the technology needed to address these changes is becoming available at just the right time.... read more

A Practical Discussion of Credit Bureaus and Their Scores

For this year’s Fall Conference Issue, Linda Kester offers Monitor readers a change of pace. Kester takes a look at the credit bureaus and their scores, and since understanding credit is essential to success, it’s a topic that should be near and dear to every broker’s heart.... read more

Verifying Debtor Names on UCC Financing Statements Can Mean the Difference Between Collecting a Debt or Going Home Empty-Handed

The current economic situation, and the resulting increase in charge-offs and delinquency rates, now has many lenders scrambling to re-examine their policies and practices regarding protection of the collateral securing such loans. Ensuring the correct debtor name is sourced and filed on a UCC Financing Statement is the beginning part of that process.... read more

How Do You Choose to View the Glass, Half Full or Half Empty?

Oscar Wilde once wrote,

"Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!"

The Monitor’s humorist, Dexter van Dango, grapples with these opposing forces in the following article. Luckily, and for those who know Dexter, predictably, the forces of optimism prevail.

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While Business Investment Remains Lackluster, Leasing Industry Leaders Say It’s ‘Full Steam Ahead’

The summer of 2010 ended with a thud as August indicators ranging from housing sales to employment confirmed the economic recovery is still on tenuous ground. With economists split on whether we’re in store for a “double-dip” recession, we decided to ask a group of leasing executives how they saw the past year, and what they think is in store for 2011. What came across is that the industry continues to see the glass half full.... read more

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Third Circuit on Duty of Trustee to Object to Claims of Exemption in Bankruptcy Case

Claims of exemption can be critical to a debtor that seeks a fresh start through bankruptcy. In addition, they allow a debtor to retain certain categories of property up to a specified dollar value, including equipment and other tools of the trade, vehicles, clothing and household goods. Such assets can provide essential assets for the debtor to start or continue to work and recover financially after bankruptcy.... read more

TOUSA, Inc.: Upstream Guaranties, Fraudulent Transfers & ‘Cute’ Savings Clauses

Special required notices to guarantors and other byzantine defenses help to explain why so many guaranties are practically unreadable and why many are loathe to make changes to these documents. Take the much-examined case In Re TOUSA, Inc...... read more

IBM Global Financing

As IBM Corporation prepares to celebrate its first century next year, a veteran leader who has just taken the helm of the company’s financing arm, managing $35 billion in assets, shares his plans to keep IBM Global Financing (IGF) the “enabler” of success — for both its clients and its parent.... read more

Conference Issue 2010

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Bank Ranking & Technology 2010

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Second Circuit Weighs in on BAPCA’s ‘Hanging Paragraph’ in AmeriCredit Bankruptcy

In this edition of Tipping the Scales, Lesley Anne Hawes returns to discuss the implications of the so-called “hanging paragraph” in BAPCA as ruled upon by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in AmeriCredit Financial Services v. Thompkins. The ruling, Hawes contends, will make it more difficult for debtors going forward … and gives creditors a reason to cheer.... read more

Lease Accounting Changes Will Call for Software Systems Upgrades

With an exposure draft expected this summer, lease accounting changes brought about by FASB and IASB convergence that once seemed distant are now becoming more and more real. It is therefore prudent for leasing companies to prepare for the expected impact to their policies, processes and software systems. At a minimum, lease management systems must be reviewed, modified and tested for compliance.... read more

A Little Something About Software Leasing & Finance

For many outside our industry, equipment leasing and finance is a niche with magical and confusing terminology and structures such as synthetic leases, operating leases, true leases, FMVs, TRACs, ALIASs and EFAs. When you add software leasing and finance into the mix, you encounter a niche within a niche. In the following article, Ken Weinberg briefly addresses some of the unique considerations raised by such software transactions. ... read more

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