Industry Sector Overview 2007

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In Construction Equipment Finance, One Thing Is Constant…Continuing Change

Industry veteran Philip Cooper provides an overview of the industry — pointing out the recent changes such as Wells Fargo’s acquisition of CIT’s Construction Equipment unit, among others. In it, he finds, that although the years pass, the only thing that remains constant in the industry is, in fact, change.... read more

Banc of America Corporate Aircraft Finance Spreads Its Wings

The Monitor recently sat down with Banc of America Leasing’s Michael Amalfitano, who discussed the state of corporate aircraft finance and what the company sees in its future. When it comes down to it — it’s all about having the right people doing the right jobs and an integrated and well-executed strategy. Simply said, it’s about structure, strategy and staff.... read more

General Aviation Manufacturers Association

In July of this year, the news from the AirVenture show out of Oshkosh, WI, was very encouraging indeed. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association posted a 14.7% increase in the shipment of business jets for the first half of 2007. The Monitor spent some time with Pete Bunce, GAMA president and CEO, who was more than willing to tell the story behind the numbers.... read more

Riding Through the Rough Times

Although the trucking industry has suffered throughout 2007 due to a drop in freight tonnage and expensive changes in emissions regulations, many truck leasing executives say that the wait for a rebound is almost over. In a roundtable with four such execs, the concensus is that trucking will bounce back by the end of the year into 2008.... read more

Private Equity Reshapes Trucking as Investors Bolster Top Carriers

A rising tide of buyouts by private equity firms is changing the competitive landscape of trucking. Not only is the process accelerating a transition from small family-run companies to large, professionally managed corporations, it is changing the way many for-hire carriers are organized and managed.... read more

In Praise of Fair Market Value Leases in Materials Handling

To properly price a Fair Market Value lease for materials handling equipment, a lessor needs to be one part detective, one part numbers-cruncher, and one part customer advocate. The effort involved can benefit all parties to this type of lease and in today’s environment, it’s more important than ever to offer such beneficial solutions.... read more

Materials Handling

There are less difficult ways to manage a fleet of material handling equipment vehicles than with a pencil and clipboard, a not uncommon practice even in today’s highly computerized distribution centers. Turning the job over to a third party, human or computer, is one way to go. Here are three examples of how to tame this critical, labor intensive task.... read more

Selecting the Right Technology Platform to Support Your Asset Finance Business

Customer demands, relentless competitive pressures and regulatory changes are forcing asset finance companies in North America and other markets to rethink, refine and ultimately transform their businesses. CHP Consulting’s Andrew Denton provides the keys to picking the right technological platform for your company.... read more

Equipment Leasing & Finance Association

One of the tenets of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation is funding forward-thinking industry research as evidenced by the release of the Foundation’s most recent research study, “Paperless Transactions: The Competitive Edge.” The following article summarizes the report’s findings so that readers understand the potential impact of paperless transactions in the equipment finance industry.... read more

Digital Signature Technology: Realizing a Paperless Society

For more than 30 years, businesses across North America have discussed the idea of the “paperless society,” and less than ten years ago, one of Canada’s most prestigious national magazines claimed it was “almost at hand.” Yet when we look at how close Canada has come to realizing this paperless society, it’s pretty clear that we are lagging behind our U.S. counterparts.... read more

Massive Fraud Threatens to Bring Down Sterling Financial Corporation

When Pennsylvania’s Sterling Financial Corporation announced on April 30 that it would restate its earnings for the past two years and was postponing its 2007 annual shareholder meeting, there was little to suggest the magnitude of what would follow.... read more

A Services-Oriented Approach to Lease Management Software

Indeed, the reality is that no lease management system, however comprehensive, can ideally meet every last need of running a leasing business. In confronting this reality then, communication-ready applications are certainly worth considering. This is exactly what the Services Oriented Architecture approach to designing leasing software brings to the table.... read more

eDiscovery for Careful Lenders

Ask not for whom the clarion bells ring. If you’re a careful lender or lessor, they ring for thee. Careful lenders need to know what is “new” about eDiscovery and why it is important to prepare for it now, even for a lawsuit that has not yet been filed. Chapman and Cutler’s Jeffrey Close takes a closer look at the requirements needed for a well-prepared ESI inventory.... read more

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