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Seeing Clearly: 2017 Provides Improved Clarity for Equipment Finance Landscape

With more than half of 2017 in the books, Ralph Petta and Anthony Cracchiolo provide an update on the equipment finance industry from the ELFA’s perspective. They discuss struggling sectors and the 2016 election, improved performance in 2017 and what the association is working on and expecting in the next year.... read more

Evolving with ‘Servitization’: The Days of Buying Equipment Are Numbered

Today’s customers want to enjoy the benefits of equipment use without the hassles of ownership. Equipment finance structures are evolving to keep up with this trend. Monitor examines three types of servitization and the way these new structures will affect the future of the industry.... read more

Hardwick v. Wilcox: Release Ineffective for Usury Claims

Andrew Alper examines usury and discusses paths to exemption available for lenders using the Hardwick case as an example to demonstrate that having a borrower sign a general release may not always release the borrower’s right to file a usury claim against a lender.... read more

Skillful Sailing: Extraordinary Performance Driven by Cultural Winds

The culture of a company — the invisible force that determines vision and values — will ultimately determine its success or failure. Dexter Van Dango embarks on an expedition to uncover the power of culture. He examines recent cultural breakdowns that made headlines and shares insights from equipment finance leaders on the impact of corporate culture on their organizations.... read more

Changing Dynamics: Industry Leaders Share Their Insights

Lisa Miller sits down with four executives, each representing a different corner of the equipment finance universe, to discuss the current state of the industry. They share their thoughts on 2017’s ability to live up to expectations, their outlook for the rest of the year and the myriad ways recent natural disasters will inevitably affect the industry.... read more

Fixing the RFP: Improving the Software Vendor Selection Process

Ron Meyer from Linedata examines the pitfalls of the typical RFP process for financial institutions seeking to streamline their processes with software. He says it is vital to ensure that a software vendor will make a great long-term partner, that the cost of a project is in line with industry standards and that the vendor provides direct access to client references.... read more

The B-B-Billion Dollar Mistake: Remember to Take a Deep B-B-Breath Before Touching Financing Statements

Gather around the campfire as Ken Weinberg tells the tale of the billion dollar mistake, a cautionary truelife horror story that reinforces the importance of financing statements. These documents often do not receive the attention they deserve, which can lead to disastrous consequences.... read more

Throw Out the Script: How to Win Over Gatekeepers & Achieve Results

Scripted sales calls are painful for the sales rep and the prospect. Linda Kester hates them too and offers a better solution. By setting an objective, actively listening and asking questions, salespeople can say goodbye to their scripts and hello to success.... read more

Basel & EFRAG Decide on New Lease Rules: Two Bad Calls for the Industry

Bill Bosco discusses two recent EFRAG and Basel Committee decisions and outlines the reasons why he believes these regulatory moves are bad for the equipment finance industry.... read more

Limited Benefit Method: An Alternative to the Multiple Investment Sinking Fund Yield

Ray James from Ivory Consulting provides an overview of the various methods used to measure lease tax benefits, including the alternate limited benefit method, which has become popular as focus has shifted to both leverage and lease accounting considerations.... read more

Evolving With Customer Expectations: Banks Remain Predominant Players in Equipment Finance

Monitor catches up with three Bank 50 leaders to discuss how they achieved growth in 2016 and how this year is measuring up to expectations. They offer predictions of what is in store for the industry in the second half of 2017, asserting that banks will continue to dominate equipment finance.... read more

The Next Big Trend: Equipment Finance is Ready for a Platform

In a Monitor Q&A, executives from five software companies — Michael Campbell from International Decision Systems, Simon Clark of Alfa, Farooq Ghauri of NetSol Technologies, Madhu Natarajan of Odessa Technologies and Jeff Van Slyke of LeaseTeam — discuss keeping up with the digital demands of today’s martketplace, including harnessing the power of Big Data and predictive analytics while utilizing the cloud. They outline how technology can help a company achieve intimacy with its customers and predict the next big technological trends for the industry.... read more

Alter Ego Trip: Daebo International Challenges an International Vessel Lease

Blank Rome’s Michael Schaedle and Gregory Vizza dissect the New York Bankruptcy Court’s Daebo International Shipping decision that upholds the independence of vessel lenders and lessors from their borrowers’ and lessees’ general obligations while reaffirming the power of Chapter 15 to protect foreign collective remedies from opportunistic individual creditor action in the U.S.... read more

Carrying the Torch: Whitney Equipment Finance Continues Legacy of Serving the Gulf Coast

Whitney Equipment Finance, the newly-formed equipment finance business of Gulf Coast stalwart Hancock Whitney Bank, debuted in the Monitor 100 this year at No. 70. Managing Director Chris Bucher explains how the newcomer leveraged its parent bank’s resources and legacy of serving regional businesses into a spot in the rankings after just a year and a half of operations.... read more

Preparing for ASC 842: How to Help Lessee Customers

Thanks to ASC 842, lessees will soon enter a new world of recording and accounting for operating leases. Bill Bosco discusses several ways that lessors can help their lessee customers meet these extensive compliance requirements.... read more

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