Opinion

Presidential Election 2016: A Challenging Assignment

In January, Dexter Van Dango predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 Presidential election. In the last issue of Monitor before Election Day, he examines what’s happened in the race so far and discusses what a Hillary Clinton administration will mean for the economy and the equipment finance industry.... read more

Sunny Skies and Thunder Claps: Dexter Dissects the Revolutionary Events of 2015

Mystery writer Dexter Van Dango examines the events that shaped the industry in 2015 — perhaps a bit earlier in the year than he would’ve liked. He says this year’s business environment, economic conditions, state of the industry and competitive rivalry converged to create a memorable storm.... read more

Dexter Sounds Off, Andy Rooney Style

Monitor mystery writer Dexter Van Dango takes us through a series of rants and other reminders of how many of the folks in our industry to seem lose sight of the proverbial forest for the trees regarding our conduct with our customers and, surprisingly, even with each other.... read more

Van Dango’s ‘TOP’ Picks for 2014

In what has become an annual tradition, Dexter Van Dango offers his "TOP" equipment leasing and finance industry trends, observations and predictions for the new year. Speculating on events and circumstances that could shape the industry in 2014, he shares his wide-ranging thoughts on everything from the U.S. government and the economy to social media and legalized marijuana. ... read more

Color Outside the Lines – Innovative Strategies

Industry veteran Dexter Van Dango explains that in a world in which the more things change, the more they stay the same, nimble players willing to "color outside the lines" can sidestep stagnation by exploring innovative strategies to find new business volume.... read more

Dexter’s Glance Into the Crystal Ball

In offering his "T.O.P." equipment leasing and finance industry trends, observations and predictions for 2013, Dexter Van Dango includes input from some of his LinkedIn contacts — a diverse group ranging from specialty lessors to consultants to academicians. ... read more

Caveat Lessor: Lessons Learned from the Dewey Collapse

When law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf filed for Chapter 11 protection, it was obligated to its equipment lessors (including Winthrop Resources, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance and SunTrust) in an amount in excess of $45 million. Jeffrey Wurst and Bertrand Choe explain what led to Dewey's collapse and offer advice regarding key indicators of a potential lessee's fiscal irresponsibility.... read more

Find Yourself a Hero

If we don't find ways to improve our minds, refine our style and increase our overall performance, we stagnate. Dexter Van Dango shares his thoughts on developing your personal style by identifying your heroes — within and outside of the industry — and incorporating their traits into your own way of doing business.... read more

Kluga Lays Out Solutions…

Cobra Capital’s president Dale Kluga lets everyone have it — from Washington politicians to Wall Street bankers — as he expresses his frustration with Too Big To Fail/Too Big To Manage banks. However, he goes beyond bemoaning the current state of affairs and offers solutions in addressing these trillion-dollar banks.

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Risky Business: Hog-Tied and Over-Regulated

Dexter Van Dango looks at headlines in the financial industry, both recent and not so recent, with amusement and bewilderment. From JP Morgan’s $2 billion trading loss to the selloff of CitiCapital’s various business lines, he ponders the push for greater regulation. Yet in his customary fashion, he’s able to bring a sobering perspective to it all.

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M&A Outlook for 2012

In his latest take on the acquisition outlook for 2012, Bruce Kropschot notes that with the economy showing signs of improvement, new origination volume increasing, credit losses declining and financing becoming more readily available and more reasonably priced, some independent leasing companies that decided not to sell until their results improved will be in a better position to consider a sale in 2012.... read more

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