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Let’s Play: How a Virtual Board Game is Creating Connections in Virtual Workplaces

Drastic changes in how and where people work has spurred numerous innovations to help enhance the virtual office. One such innovation is Cozy Juicy Real, a virtual board game and team-building tool meant to help facilitate deeper interpersonal connections among colleagues. ... read more

Choices, Changes & Challenges: What Technology Taught Us in 2020

Strenuous circumstances provoke necessary adaptation to ensure survival and success. The COVID-19 pandemic presented unique obstacles for the equipment finance industry, which was an industry already in the midst of change. Leaders from four financial technology companies share how, in 2020, technology became paramount to the path forward.... read more

Can Independents and Banks Compete For Business with a Consumption Model?

The drive toward consumption or pay-for-use models in equipment finance is well underway and to keep up, independent and bank lenders need to determine how to fit such offerings into their arsenals. Dexter Van Dango explores just how realistic such an endeavor can be. ... read more

The Evolving Equipment Leasing Landscape: Four Investment Trends to Watch in 2021

Monitor caught up with Eric Hanson to talk about four major trends that will shape investment in the equipment finance industry in 2021. As large financial institutions refine their approach to the market and institutional investors continue to favor equipment asset class gains, investors have gained the benefit of premium returns, while equipment finance companies enjoy unprecedented access to capital. ... read more

Funding Source Insight: Post-Pandemic Access to Capital

Monitor checks in with leaders from two banks that provide capital to equipment finance companies. They talk about the biggest challenges their clients faced in 2020 and what it takes to get a deal done in today’s environment. ... read more

M&A Activity To Pick Up In Second Half Following Covid-19-Triggered Slowdown

M&A activity almost came to a halt in 2020, but 2021 has kicked off with a flurry of activity. James Jackson reviews the notable transactions of the last year and says future economic indicators point to continued M&A activity in 2021 as well as strong valuations of quality equipment finance companies.... read more

The Circular Economy: How Does Your Company Measure Up?

Many financial institutions are already offering circular economy-themed financing — and reaping the benefits. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation expects that the circular economy’s role in mainstream financing will increase in coming years. The foundation created Circulytics, a tool that enables companies to measure their circular economy performance.... read more

Innovative Asset Management: How As-a-Service Models Support the Circular Economy

The equipment finance industry is moving from a transactional approach to an as-a-service model. This shift provides an opportunity both to deepen relationships with customers and support the circular economy.... read more

Introducing Monitor’s 2021 Editorial Board

Monitor’s staff is excited to introduce the 2021 Editorial Board. 10 new members join four 2019 inaugural board members that have agreed to stay on for an additional year.... read more

Becoming an Innovative, Agile Company: Q&A with the Guest Editors of Monitor’s Innovation Issue

Guest editors Deb Reuben and Denis Stypulkoski sat down with Rita Garwood for a fireside chat to launch Monitor’s very first innovation issue. This summary Q&A reviews key ideas for business leaders seeking to enhance agility, embrace disruption and avoid stagnation.... read more

What is Neurodiversity and Why Should it Matter to Your Company?

Taking the experiences of neurodiverse employees and customers into consideration can be vital to a company’s success. In an interview with Monitor, Dr. Ludmila Praslova explains what neurodiversity is and how to normalize it in a business setting.... read more

ELFA Empowers the Industry with Diversity, Equality and Inclusion-Focused Actions

The ELFA has been working to bring the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion into the awareness of its members. Over the last four years, the association has created its Women’s Council and Equality Committee, which were designed to increase DE&I in equipment finance. ... read more

Inclusion and Diversity of Thought are Prerequisites for Innovation

True innovation and disruption can only happen when a company’s decision makers have diversity of thought. Deborah Reuben interviews two DE&I leaders about how inclusion creates innovation and how leaders must be willing to fail forward and learn from mistakes on their company’s journey to creating a culture of inclusion and belonging.... read more

Measuring the Impact of COVID-19

To get a pulse on the overall impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our industry, Bob Bell reached out to several brokers and funding sources for feedback on their experiences. He summarizes their responses and draws conclusions in an article for Monitor. ... read more

The Equipment Leasing Company of the Future

COVID-19 has forever shifted the equipment leasing business. Valerie Gerard and Patricia Voorhees explore how the pandemic has ushered in an “Age of Acceleration” and discuss how businesses will operate going forward. ... read more

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