U.S. Bank EF: Anthony Cracchiolo

Since being named the president/CEO of U.S. Bank Equipment Finance in April 2014, Cracchiolo has set his sights on underserved asset classes and a dominant place in the marketplace. In coming months, he plans to use economic growth to bolster company momentum in the industry.... 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

Increased Scrutiny on Residual Reviews

Expanded regulation and concern over past problems have increased the scrutiny auditors are applying to residual reviews, particularly for banks. Shawn Halladay and Carl Chrappa of The Alta Group discuss the impacts additional scrutiny has, including amplified levels of detailed information and external appraisals that auditors are requiring. The authors say lessors can use this increased scrutiny to create opportunities to better manage portfolios and maximize the value of existing residuals.... read more

U.S. Energy Boom: Fueling Equipment Demand

CIT’s Vincent Belcastro provides his take on equipment finance opportunities that have been created as a result of America’s resurgence as an affordable and reliable energy producer. Belcastro notes that rising oil and gas production is only part of the story as the transmission and distribution of energy is another emerging opportunity that will fuel future investment demand.... read more

Rules for Lease Management System Selection

Given the expense, disruption and ruffled feathers that accompany the transition to a new lease management system, it's no surprise that organizations tend to delay a replacement project for as long as possible. ... read more

Preventing Equipment Fraud

Monitor contributor Andrew Alper discusses a recent equipment finance fraud, and how lenders and lessors can identify and protect against scams. Ultimately, he says it is important to do as much due diligence as possible before making a loan or entering into a lease in a concerted effort to prevent a fraudulent transaction.... read more

Creative Solutions to Building a Business

The author describes how equipment financiers can set up their leasing business from scratch, with top industry processes, technology standards and limited upfront investment. While he discusses several challenges financiers face, he notes the entrance of third-party providers that have enabled financiers to mitigate much of the risks associated with launching operations.... read more

ELFA/IMN Investor Conference

The 2014 ELFA/IMN Investor Conference provided clear evidence that industry leaders are optimistic about this year’s forecast for investment growth. The consensus of those in attendance was the equipment finance sector will not only be a major contributor to the expansion, but will continue to evolve in ways that will keep investors interested.... read more

What Do You Say When You Talk To Yourself?

Changing your thought process and definition of success can be simple, positive and fun – and inspire you to reboot your self-image. Linda P. Kester provides tips for conquering negativity and creating a new belief system.... read more

2014 CFO Outlook

Empowered by growing confidence in the economy and their own company performance, 94% of CFOs say they plan to pursue new growth strategies in 2014. But creating momentum doesn’t mean throwing caution to the wind.... read more

Delaying Business Investment

Based on a fourth quarter 2013 survey conducted by the National Center for the Middle Market, GE Capital’s Eric Dusch tells us that investing is on the minds of CFOs, but they are worried that the economy and revenue growth may falter. But the greater danger, he says, may be delaying investment in the business and missing out on opportunities.... read more

FASB Brings Good News for Vendor Leasing

While he believes the direction the FASB is taking will be good news for the vendor leasing segment, Bill Bosco laments the IASB seems stuck in its views that all leases are the same, despite a majority of negative comments that are viewed as an “inconvenient truth.”... read more

Lease Management Solution ROI

Lease management system ROI is not just about bottom-line cost reductions. A state-of-the-art leasing solution does more than lower costs; it also improves your team’s ability to win new deals and serve your customers.... read more

Synovus Equipment Finance: John Geist

In an exclusive Monitor interview, John Geist, president of Synovus Bank’s Equipment Finance Group, discusses what drew him out of retirement and back into the equipment finance arena.... read more

Financing Cloud Solutions

CIT Equipment Finance’s Nicholas Small discusses how cloud technologies, while increasingly popular, are catching more than a few companies off guard as a result of unexpected costs. He explains why using traditional financing approaches will not work for cloud solutions, and advises companies to plan ahead and develop flexible financing in order to make the transition a smooth ride.... read more

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