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Construction Strength Builds Its Own Challenges: Significant 2018 Growth Could Point to a More-Moderate 2019

After achieving a 20-year high this year, the construction industry is undoubtedly thriving. But have we reached the top of the cycle? John Crum examines the factors that have fueled growth over the last five years and the indicators that the pace of expansion will slow in 2019.... read more

Switchback Turns: Navigating Twists in the Trucking Industry

While 2017 was dominated by terrible weather, in 2018, trucking fleets had to spend more time navigating political storms in trade and policy, as well as address some of the industry’s long-term issues. Dan Clark, head of BMO Transportation Finance, explains how, despite the uncertainties, 2018 remained a solid year for trucking.... read more

Building a Unique Vendor Model: TIAA and GE Healthcare Add Value With Creative Co-Branding

TIAA recently entered a two-part deal with GE Capital Healthcare Equipment Finance, which involved the acquisition of a $1.5 billion portfolio of healthcare equipment leases and loans as well as a five-year vendor financing agreement that will enable TIAA to serve U.S. customers of GE Healthcare. Leaders from TIAA and GE Capital HEF sat down with Monitor to discuss the details. ... read more

Gaining Altitude Across the Globe: Exciting Times for Business Aviation

Deliveries of new aircraft are up, new airframes with exciting capabilities are reshaping the market and business aviation operations are on the rise in nearly every market across the globe. In a Q&A with Monitor, Ed Bolen discusses trends that have shaped the industry this year.... read more

Investing in Wind and Solar Projects

The traditional equipment financing market continuously evolves with changes in accounting rules, tax laws, equipment financed and financing structures. Many investors previously considered lessors of equipment are now exploring other specialized financing opportunities. Joe Sebik explains the basics behind the types of investments and the benefits that accrue to investors in certain alternative energy projects. ... read more

The Dangers of the Boiler Plate: Default Interest May be an Unenforceable Penalty

Lenders often tack a standard default interest rate provision on loan documents, but recent bankruptcy cases have demonstrated the dangers of this practice. Andrew Alper examines the Altadena Lincoln Crossing case and encourages lenders to have a conversation with borrowers about the default rate and the reasons behind it before both parties sign on the dotted line.... read more

Tariffs and Taxes: Impacts on Equipment Leasing

What do tariffs and tax reform mean for the equipment finance industry? Carl C. Chrappa and Shawn D. Halladay investigate the ramifications of recently enacted or threatened tariffs and explore the silver lining of tax reform that will encourage customers to lease.... read more

The Five Traits of an MVP: How All-Stars Maximize Their Value

Determining the present value of equipment is common in our industry, but measuring your own value isn’t always that easy. Linda Kester explores the five traits of MVPs and demonstrates how these employees elevate their entire team.... read more

Increasing Vendor Approvals: Veteran Team Launches a Multi-Funder Model at Verdant

A team of industry veterans is back in the game with Verdant Commercial Capital, a vendor finance company backed by the patient capital of a family office. Using a money-agnostic funding model, Verdant plans to meet the needs of its partners with speed and agility.... read more

Leveraging Elements of Orderly Process and Traditional Auction: Blended Sales in Commercial & Industrial Dispositions

Equipment appraisals typically assume an orderly liquidation value, which is rarely realized in the auctions that result from a distressed situation. Tiger Group’s Jeff Tanenbaum suggests a blended approach and provides two case studies demonstrating the benefits of a multi-phase liquidation process.... read more

The Next Generation of Customer Service: Serving Clients When, Where & How They Want to be Served

Customer service departments were originally designed to serve traditionalists and baby boomers. But the service-with-a-smile via a toll-free number that satisfied these customers just won’t cut it for millennials and Generation Z. Dexter Van Dango explores this digital disruption and offers practical steps toward anticipating the needs of every customer.... read more

Effective Leadership in the Age of Disruption: Monitor’s All-Star Executive Team Shares Strategies

What does it take to be an effective leader in the age of disruption? An All-Star Team of Monitor MVP Award finalists discusses how to integrate innovation into a sustainable company vision that employees will embrace.... read more

Sales-Leasebacks: The Devil is in the Details

ASC 842 expands the failed sale-leaseback concept to include equipment. Under ASC 840, only real estate was subject to this accounting approach. Unless the current tax rules change, a similar issue arises when considering the tax effect of certain sale leasebacks. These factors mostly affect the lessee however lessors should be aware of them when structuring leases. Joe Sebik explains the accounting and tax ramifications and considers how the approaches may have to change to accommodate the new rules. ... read more

Empowering Your People: Fate Leads by Listening and Learning

Monitor’s first annual MVP award winner, Stonebriar Commercial Finance President and CEO Dave Fate, talks about Stonebriar’s successes and shares five tips for aspiring MVPs.... read more

Financing the Road to Energy Independence

In many areas of the United States, the traditional model for electricity delivery is shifting. Population growth and a move towards decentralized power and distributed energy resources are continuing to reform the energy landscape. As organizations adapt their energy infrastructure to meet today’s market challenges, private financing is uniquely positioned to take a leading role, with companies like Siemens offering the technology and expertise to support this trend. ... read more

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