2023 Women in EF Editor’s Letter

Michelle Speranza, CLFP, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at LEAF Commercial Capital joined Monitor’s Editor-in-Chief, Rita Garwood, to welcome the fifth annual Women in Equipment Finance issue. ... read more

Letter from the Editor – 2023 Icons Issue

The centerpieces of this edition are five profiles celebrating the recipients of the 2023 Monitor Icon awards. Two other themes have emerged throughout the features within this issue: opportunities in the international market and technology.... read more

The Monitor 101+ Letter From the Editor

As summer winds down and we enter the home stretch of 2023, we celebrate the up-and-coming companies in equipment finance with our annual Monitor 101+ issue.... read more

2023 Monitor 100: Growth Amid Economic Anxiety

The Monitor 100 companies continued to chart steady growth despite a looming recession, ongoing inflation, a rising rate environment, climbing capital costs and mounting margin pressure. With a recession in the forecast and a cooling job market, the group continues to contend with supply chain challenges while striving to become more efficient and effective companies.... read more

Butterflies and Caterpillars: Exploring Major Themes from Converge

One of the key components of Monitor’s Converge event in June was a Future-Focused Workshop designed to spark transformation in the equipment finance industry. Throughout the day-long conference, many themes emerged, including new business models, outside disruptors, bringing the customer along and, yes, artificial intelligence.... read more

2023 Monitor 100 Letter from the Editor

In what has already been a big year for Monitor, I’m excited to bring you the annual Monitor 100. As the home of our flagship ranking report, the Monitor 100 issue is always a special event for us each year, but it seems particularly important as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.... read more

Staff Insights: Personal Histories

Members of Monitor’s senior staff reminisce about their individual journeys with Monitor and the publication’s evolution from tabloid newspaper to multi-media company. ... read more

50 Years 50 Moments

During its 50-year run as the premier publication in the equipment finance arena, Monitor has always been there to tell the industry’s story. In a sector like equipment finance, however, there are always more tales to tell, so leaders from across the equipment finance industry shared some of their enduring memories, funniest anecdotes, vital insights and top pieces of advice from the last 50 years.... read more

Staying Strong: Monitor’s Top Private Independents Rose to the Occasion in 2022

Despite a litany of macroeconomic challenges, in another banner year, Monitor’s Top 30 Private Independents built on a record-setting 2021 to produce a 30.8% increase in new business volume in 2022.... read more

Economic Factors and Uncertainty Plague M&A Activity in 2022: 2023 Will Likely Have Its Share of Challenges

Jim Jackson provides an overview of M&A activity in the equipment finance industry from 2022 as well as an assessment of the current market. While independents continue to be an attractive acquisition target for banks, several challenges block the return of more robust acquisition activity. ... read more

Monitor Bank 50 Volume Bounces Back While Portfolios Stay Steady

After experiencing a deep pandemic-related drop in new business volume in 2020, the Bank 50 rebounded to achieve a 6% year-over-year increase in new business volume in 2021. Although the group’s collective portfolio declined slightly, the banks anticipated a trajectory of net asset growth by year end.... read more

2022 Monitor 101+: This Year’s Companies Report Double-Digit Increases in Assets and Volume

This year’s Monitor 101+ companies featured a wide range of players, with the group combining to increase total assets by 20% and new business volume by 30.8% even as economic pressures such as inflation, supply chain disruptions and the war in Ukraine continue to mount and throw uncertainty on projections for the future. ... read more

2022 Monitor 100: Navigating Ongoing Unpredictability

The Monitor 100 rebounded from the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, posting a modest gain in net assets and the largest uptick in originations since 2012. The group managed this feat amid a tight labor market and backlogged supply chain. And although soaring inflation, rapidly rising rates and recession fears have joined the maelstrom in 2022, the group remains optimistic for future growth.... read more

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