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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Although maintaining insurance on equipment is usually a mandatory provision of financing agreements, the disclaimer language used on proof of insurance forms seems to render the certificates worthless. To help lenders protect their interests, Ken Weinberg discusses the different types of insurance certificate forms and specific items to monitor on each certificate.... read more
Sharing economy business models are beginning to gain traction in the B2B equipment space, despite the challenges. As IoT, machine learning and software applications continue to converge into product design, Patricia Voorhees and Diane Croessmann expect a rapid expansion of capabilities and more aggressive adoption of managed services transactions in the form of pure usage models.... read more
Huntington Asset Finance has maintained a consistent track record in the equipment finance industry over the last few years. But consistency has not bred complacency. Mike DiCecco explains how the company is adding new products and helping with the wave of the future.... read more
Technology is changing the way fleet transportation executives and operators approach decision-making during every phase of an asset’s lifecycle. Brian Holland discusses innovations in analytics, leasing solutions and asset disposal, which have the potential to dramatically affect a company’s bottom line.... read more
Liability policies are standard procedure when leasing equipment, but not all policies will cover vicarious liability in the event of an accident caused by the lessee or require the same financial responsibility depending on the state. Jody Green and Bill Mulder provide a basic breakdown of when additional insurance may be necessary and the types of equipment that most need its protection.
The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers hosted its annual conference this past May in (viva!) Las Vegas. Paul Burnham provides a rundown of the three-day event, which offered attendees the chance to learn, network, and, in the spirit of its host city, maybe go home with an extra prize or two.