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Advantage Funding

Transportation Finance Sector Still Ripe with Opportunity

Advantage Funding

Editor’s Note: This is based in part on a panel discussion led by executives from Advantage Funding, TCF Equipment Finance and Residco on trends in transportation finance at the annual ELFA Conference in October. The following entry summarizes and analyzes... read more

Brian Holland

Contradiction in Class 8 Fleet Fuel Economy, Age

Brian Holland

Fleet Advantage conducted an online survey designed to take the pulse of Class 8 truck fleet managers on topics ranging from fuel economy trends to equipment acquisition and disposition, driver retention, maintenance and repair practices, and more. The survey revealed... read more

Bill Bosco

IASB: Blind to the European Banks Capital Crisis

Bill Bosco

On January 9, 2015 Santander bank raised $8.88 billion by issuing stock and cut its dividend by 66% to address regulatory capital issues. The bank’s shares have fallen 29%, resulting in a loss of $33 billion in market value. Santander... read more

Scott Thacker

The Heart of Your Corporate Strategic Plan – Lease Pricing. Make it Count.

Scott Thacker

Every company has a strategic plan, right ? Many are three-year plans, some are five-year plans and some are informal, but in some form they exist for every company . The typical elements of a strategic plan are many and... read more

Patrick Gaskins

Fleet Replacement Strategy Execution

Patrick Gaskins

When a disproportionate number of new units enter a fleet over a very short period of time, it can throw off the balance of older models and new in terms of average fleet age. This can lead to inconsistent and... read more

Dexter Van Dango

Fraud and Greed in Equipment Finance

Dexter Van Dango

Nearly 2,500 years ago Greek poet Sophocles quipped that he would “rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” It seems that some people disagree with Sophocles — they fail without honor while trying to cheat the system. To the... read more

Kenneth P. Weinberg

Usury Savings Clauses May Not Save Your Loan Documents

Jennifer L. Howard, Kenneth P. Weinberg

Lessors and lenders engaged in equipment leasing and finance should remember that a usury savings clause is not a “get out of jail free card.” Historically, equipment lessors have been less concerned with usury issues than their straight-loan brethren. The... read more

Bill Bosco

Our Chronic Unemployment Problem

Bill Bosco

Although the official unemployment rate is 5.6%, it is a misleading number. The labor participation rate (the percentage of working aged people who are working or looking for work) is at 62.8%, meaning over 92 million working-aged people are not... read more

K. Bill Dost

Making the Case for Global Financing

K. Bill Dost

In making the case for global equipment leasing during a session at the recent ELFA convention, consultants from The Alta Group, and executives from Societe Generale Equipment Finance and Genpact made the business case for expanding equipment leasing beyond American... read more

Scott Mishoe

Calculate Your Optimum Fleet Lifecycle – And Stick to It

Scott Mishoe

In the not-too-distant past, it was common practice for grocery chains to use available capital to build new stores or remodel old ones, with the thinking that the best use of the money was where the expenditure directly touched the... read more

Bill Stephenson

The Future of Leasing

Bill Stephenson

Editor’s note: Bill Stephenson, chairman and CEO of DLL, released the following article, published in its entirety. The business we are in is about helping our customers thrive in tough, competitive marketplaces. This means having to understand their immediate business... read more

Bill Bosco

Lease Accounting Project Moves Forward

Bill Bosco

Much work remains on the lease accounting project, and I do not anticipate a final standard until early 2015. The proposal, which has been through two exposure periods, was highly criticized by a variety of constituents in the latest public... read more

Steve Byrnes

Monitor Bank 50 Discovers Shifting Focus to Major IT Spending

Melisa Carter, Steve Byrnes

IT spending is surging in our industry, but with lowered expectations regarding transforming organization cost structures. Business executives now believe that broader business strategies must be key components of major initiative business cases. They have also discovered that the cost... read more

Bill Bosco

Hello, Is There Anybody Out There?

Bill Bosco

Does anybody out there care that the proposed accounting rules will cause all sale leasebacks (SLBs) with fixed price purchase options (FPPOs) to be accounted for as debt by lessees? Does anybody care that the proposed rules will also force... read more

Jerry Parrotto

Inside GE Capital

Jerry Parrotto

Recently, monitordaily reported GE Capital segment results showed overall net earnings for Q3/14 were $1.492 billion, down 22% from $1.903 a year earlier. All financial segments – Consumer, Real Estate, GECAS and Energy Financial – were off, with the exception... read more

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