The Leasing Continuum

What better way to pay homage to the Monitor than to honor the industry and the visionaries who built it? To commemorate the Monitor’s 35 years of publication, we spoke with four veteran leasing and finance executives, each of whom witnessed the extraordinary growth of the equipment leasing industry.... read more

How Do We Prepare for Another Potential Economic Perfect Storm?

In these times of economic turmoil, it helps to take a look back to figure out how to deal with the present and prepare for the future. The Alta Group’s John Deane examines the processes of the past — what worked, what didn’t and how we managed through the last Perfect Storm — to try to steer the industry on the right course.... read more

The Future of the Equipment Finance Business

A candy man can’t make his wares without ingredients. In the same way, a lender in the equipment finance business can’t close deals without its own form of “sugar.” The industry can’t go sugar-free, and the ingredients must be tested and measured against best practices, then packaged for its end-users’ varied tastes, because the competition will be tougher than ever.... read more

Florida Court Buries Graves Amendment Regarding Lessor Liability Claims and Financial Responsibility

Lessors have had to concern themselves with lessor liability claims and the scariest of these have stemmed from claims that haven’t required evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the lessor. Along came the Graves Amendment, and lessors began to find some comfort. But a recent ruling from the Sunshine State has once again cast ominous clouds in the matter of financial responsibility.... read more

Ninth Circuit Changes Course on Secured Creditor’s Right to Default Interest in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The Court of Appeals in the Ninth Circuit recently ruled a secured creditor whose claim is oversecured can recover default interest under certain circumstances in a Chapter 11 plan. The court also ruled that the secured creditor may recover attorney’s fees and costs if it prevails on its claim for recovery of default interest. What does this reversal mean for secured creditors?... read more

Top IT Business Challenges: Giving Your Customers a First-Class Experience

A historical view of the equipment finance market demonstrates a clear track record of companies that are always trying to catch up operationally to achieve that elusive goal of a first-class customer experience combined with first quartile efficiency metrics. Can it be done? The short answer is yes … but is the job ever done?... read more

Online Networking…Expanding Your Social Footprint

Who can deny in this time of Internet dependency and social networking that it doesn’t pay to get yourself out there? Here Linda Kester explains why it’s more important than ever to connect socially to contacts online.... read more

Brokers, Let's Talk About Leads

You can’t complete a deal without a good, usable lead. But if you’re not generating your own, are you really closing the transaction you want to? In an effort to bring together a vendor and lessor in a more beneficial way, brokers need to take responsibility for lead generation. This, of course, can lead to closing deals that are better for all parties while also saving some sweat, blood and tears.... read more

Balboa Capital’s Silva Stresses Uncommon Effort, a Return to the Fundamentals

Balboa Capital’s new president Phil Silva loves the equipment leasing and finance industry. And that excitement is evident as we called on him to discuss his career, the company’s future and the state of the industry. ... read more

Funding Strategies to Meet Today’s Liquidity Challenges

Every quarter we are seeing the effects of a shaken economy — whether from rapidly decreasing earnings reports or in millions of dollars in write-downs. But how is the economy affecting independent financing companies? How have they had to change their lending practices?... read more

Where is Lease Accounting Going?

With a target completion date of 2011, the Lease Accounting Project is an epic in the making. We asked Bill Bosco to give us the details of what’s happening and where it’s all headed. The writer provides a summary and offers his commentary, which readers will find in italicized text.... read more

Leasing Company Leaders Discuss What Lies at the End of the Economic Downturn

In the darkness of today’s increasingly complex and intractable economic downturn, leasing and finance industry leaders share their insight on why it’s easy to be pessimistic — but so critically important to be optimistic.... read more

Industry Execs Form Tygris Commercial Finance

Tygris Commercial Finance made headlines this May when the company launched with a $2.1 billion capital raise, the largest ever seen in the industry, from 90 individual investors. The Monitor spoke with five executives from the newly formed business regarding how they did it and what we can expect to see from Tygris in the future.... read more

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