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Brokers and Bitcoin: A New Future for Payments in Financial Services

Bitcoin has become more than just a buzzword in the financial services world and brokers and other independent companies need to earnestly explore the idea of accepting this newer form of currency. ... read more

Conditions Aligning for Active Equipment Finance M&A Market in Second Half of 2021

As the U.S. economy returns to some semblancy of normal as COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to rise, there will also be a return to more aggressive M&A activity in the equipment finance industry. In fact, according to Chris Hemler of Hovde Group, the market is shaping up to be more active than it’s been since before the Great Recession. ... read more

Navigating Through the Haze: A Return to Old School Credit Fundamentals

What can a credit manager do when reliable methods to measure risk fall short in an anomaly economy? Monitor checks in with three credit leaders who underscore the importance of tried-and-true fundamentals such as truly knowing a customer, diversifying equipment types and effectively managing the credit quality of your portfolio. ... 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 Millennial Generation Shift Will Create Opportunity for Equipment Finance

In an interview with demographer Kenneth Gronbach, Scott Nelson of Tamarack Technology examined the impact of Gen Y on the equipment finance industry. ... 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

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

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

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

The Entrepreneurs Are Alive and Well

Most high growth equipment finance companies have one thing in common: leaders with the vision and drive to achieve great results. Guest Editor Chris Enbom shares the stories of three entrepreneurs who, respectively, led an independent, a captive and a bank affiliate to success in the inaugural Monitor 101+ ranking. ... read more

Impact Players Enter the Limelight

Most of the time, Monitor talks with top leadership about a company’s achievements. Time and time again, these leaders attribute success to their people. This year, we asked the Monitor 100 companies to nominate an impact player who played a critical role in advancing the company. We celebrate five of these MVPs in this special feature. ... read more

COMPARING THE IMPACT: How Does COVID-19 Measure Up to Past Historical Events?

The effects of COVID-19 continue to unfold as virus cases spike throughout the U.S. How does the current economic climate compare with the crises of the past? Dexter Van Dango compares our current plight to the influenza pandemic of 1918, the Great Depression and the Great Recession. ... read more

Grappling with Equipment Finance’s Lack of Black Representation

As the United States reckons with its long history of racial injustice against Black citizens, the overwhelmingly white equipment finance industry must take a look at its own shortcomings in creating opportunities for Black people. ... read more

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