Of Interest

The Right Fit at the Right Time — Alerus Financial Adds Dedicated Equipment Finance Team

Brianna Wilson

Alerus Financial has embarked on an expansion with the recent launch of its new equipment finance vertical in June 2024. The addition of the full-service equipment finance division is aimed at bolstering its commercial and industrial banking segment. The Tip... read more

The Future of Work After AI: Human Wisdom Will Be the Most Valuable Business Asset

Jena Morgan

What does the future of work after AI look like? What if the most valuable business asset over the coming decades will be the wisdom of our mid-lifers and elders? I predict a big Western culture shift in which we... read more

What Does the Future Hold for Banks in Equipment Finance?

Rita Garwood

Banks have been steadily increasing their presence in equipment finance over the years via mergers and acquisitions and by hiring experienced leadership teams. When the Monitor 100 launched in 1992, U.S. bank affiliates contributed 17% of the ranking’s net assets.... read more

Tips for 2024: Harnessing Concern as Main Street Tightens Its Budget

Christopher Johnson

Interest rates are putting the squeeze on SMB owners. What you need to know heading into 2024. According to a recent survey from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), small and mid-sized business (SMB) owners are not feeling optimistic... read more

Recent Developments in Cannabiz: Out of the Fire and into the Pot?

Ken Greene

Recently, United States health regulators proposed that the federal government loosen restrictions on marijuana. Since the cannabis equipment finance space has grown exponentially over the past years, this should come as welcome news to those who are a part of... read more

Applying Acquisition Experience for Success: First Financial Equipment Leasing Expands into Canada

Ian Koplin

First Financial Equipment Leasing announced its expansion into Canada in 2022 with the acquisition of NorFund, an independent leasing company specializing in capital equipment, solar and alternative energy and vendor finance programs. Having been acquired by JA Mitsui Leasing a... read more

Are You Ready to Ride the Wave of Unprecedented Credit Uncertainty?

Ray Ellingsen

Economic uncertainty abounds. Recession, stagflation, inflation, labor shortages, supply chain constraints—not to mention the condition of 401(k)s. Should I go on? The good news is this storm shall pass, especially if your business and personal finance models anticipate credit cycle... read more

The Private Aviation Industry is on Fire

Martin Ormon

The private aviation industry is on fire.  The COVID 19 pandemic has caused a paradigm shift in how people with means approach air travel. Anyone who can afford to purchase a private jet is doing just that. The very thought... read more

The Road Ahead and Other Key Considerations for 2022 Amid Supply Chain Delays

Justin Tabone

As a disrupted supply chain complicates day-to-day operations across a multitude of industries, issues of order fulfillment are a growing concern for those of us in the equipment finance industry. The manufacturers and distributors my team and I work with... read more

The State of the Evolving Equipment Finance Industry: Changes That Will Outlast the Pandemic

Tom Schied

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a multitude of changes across various industries – including restaurants adopting more mobile ordering and delivery than ever before and doctors pivoting to rely heavily on telehealth services – and the... read more

MMP Capital Corners the Market on Medical Aesthetic Equipment Financing

John-Paul Smolenski

In an exclusive Q&A with Monitor, John-Paul Smolenski of MMP Capital discusses how the company takes a hybrid-style approach to provide quick and efficient equipment leasing solutions for the medical device and aesthetic market and how it has maintained success... read more

COVID’s Finance Activity Impacts and the Bottleneck to Break Through

Ray Ellingsen

Disruptions in supply chain throughput and labor market shortages are starting to put a crimp in anticipated equipment finance business activity. As we near the end to the third quarter of 2021 and enter the fourth, it appears that there... read more

Less than One Week Left to Register for ELFA 2020 Business Live

Martha Ahlers, Ralph Petta

Registration for ELFA 2020 Business LIVE, a full-service virtual conference on October 27-28, 2020, is open until October 21. Participation includes three keynotes with a strategic lineup of speakers, 20 breakout sessions, virtual networking receptions and a multimedia exhibit hall.... read more

Keeping 2020 in Sight: Equipment Finance Executives Weigh in on the Top Trends for the Coming Year

Matt Tallo

The beginning of a new year is always filled with predictions and outlooks. For those looking to read into the future and opine on the past, the end of this decade seemed to offer us all ample opportunity to reflect.... read more

Chesswood Group Limited: The Journey from New Car Leasing to a Public Equipment Finance Business

Barry Shafran

From Chesswood’s original roots in the new car automotive retail and leasing space in Canada in the late 1990s, sprung Chesswood Income Fund (later Chesswood Group), in May 2006. As part of the simultaneous transaction of becoming Chesswood, a publicly... read more

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