Economy

ELFA: New Business Volume for 2021 Increases 9% Compared with 2020

According to the ELFA’s Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for December 2021 was $11.8 billion, down 3% year over year from new business volume in December 2020. However, cumulative new business volume for 2021 was up almost 9% compared with 2020. read more

MUFG: 2022 Signals ‘Regime Change’ for Markets and Corporates

According to the annual outlook from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s capital markets team, corporates have embarked on a "feverish pace" of capital-expenditure investment and strategic activity in response to a rapidly evolving landscape. read more

Citizens Survey Foresees Strong Year for M&A in 2022

Middle-market companies and private equity firms foresee an extremely strong year for the M&A market in 2022, with bullish forecasts for both deal volumes and for company valuations, according to a Citizens survey of 400 leaders at U.S. middle-market companies and private equity firms. read more

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Increased 1% in December

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1% in December after rising 0.5% in November. In December, the index equaled 114.7 (2015=100) compared with 113.5 in November. read more

Equipment Finance Industry Confidence Holds Steady in January

According to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s January 2022 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, overall confidence in the equipment finance market is 63.9, unchanged from the December 2021 index. read more

Construction Industry Expects Strong Profitability Despite Supply Chain and Labor Challenges

According to Wells Fargo’s 2022 construction industry forecast, there is renewed optimism among nonresidential contractors and distributors for increasing profits and new equipment sales in the year ahead. read more

MUFG: US to Transition to Mid-Cycle Economic Downshift in 2022

The U.S. economy is moving from a post-reopening boom phase toward a moderating period, which, depending on policy prescription, may end up feeling like a mid-cycle slowdown in the second half of 2022, according to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. read more

ELFA: New Business Volume Rises 8% Y/Y But Falls 26% M/M in November

According to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), overall new business volume for November was $7.9 billion, up 8% year over year from new business volume in November 2020. However, volume was down 26% from $10.7 billion in October. read more

ELFF Projects 3.5% US GDP Growth in 2022, 4.6% Equipment Investment Growth

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation released its Q1/22 Equipment Leasing & Finance Industry Snapshot. According to the snapshot, the U.S. economy will grow by 3.5% in 2022 and equipment investment will grow at a 4.6% pace. read more

IT Firms Have Received More Funding Than Business in Other Industries in 2021

A new study from Biz2Credit that analyzed 2020 and 2021 industry trends among small businesses found that information technology firms received the most funding of any industry in terms of volume and the highest average amount of funding during the study time frame. read more

ELFF: Equipment Finance Industry Confidence Eases in December

According to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s December 2021 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, overall confidence in the equipment finance market is 63.9, a decrease from the November index of 64.6. read more

Wilmington Trust Expects Reduced Inflation in 2022 Despite Labor and Supply Chain Challenges

According to Wilmington Trust’s 2022 capital markets forecast, in the new year, economic risks like labor shortages and supply chain disruptions will normalize, inflation will decelerate and smart technology investments will provide long-term value for businesses. read more

ELFF Forecasts 4.6% Growth in Equipment and Software Investment in 2022

Low financial stress, an expanding housing sector and increased federal spending on infrastructure are expected to propel equipment and software investment growth by 4.6% in 2022, according to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s 2022 outlook. read more

ISM Report Projects Economic Improvement in the US in 2022

Economic improvement in the United States will continue in 2022, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s December 2021 semiannual economic forecast. This expansion will continue a growth trend that began in June 2020. read more

Umpqua Bank Outlook Provides Insights on Inflation, M&A, Supply Chain Disruption

According to Umpqua Bank’s recently released 2022 economic outlook, inflation will continue to pose a challenge to the economy and be especially challenging for businesses that rely on purchased goods. read more

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