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How Fleets Can Adapt to Operational Changes During COVID-19 & Position for Success After The Pandemic

John Flynn

Truck Utilization Data Even More Important Today When Helping Fleets Adapt to New Environment   The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the entire world with ripple effects being felt throughout the global economy. Data discussed at a recent forum at UC... read more

How Strategic Information on Equipment Leases Can Help Businesses Under Uncertain Landscapes

Jennifer Booth

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted daily life across the globe, and the uncertainty that came with it continues to loom. Aside from the personal disruptions caused by the pandemic, in terms of health and finances, businesses have also been heavily... read more

Show Me the Money! Independent Lessors — COVID Influenced Funding Challenges

Ray Ellingsen

Here we go again! A liquidity pinch, perhaps like no other. Depending on your definition of a recession, we are in, or quickly approaching another. But keep in mind that recessions are actually considered normal business cycles. Our economy has... read more

COVID-19’s Impact on Our Healthcare Community

Kyin Lok

We’ve seen the images and videos of our healthcare heroes battling the COVID-19 virus on the front lines. These first responders, doctors, nurses and hospital administrators knew they had the most important role to play in saving our country from... read more

Survival & Sustainability: Will New Finance Models Thrive in a Post-COVID-19 World?

Brendan Gleeson

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted two decades of global growth and raised several questions about how economies will function in the future. Experts are assessing whether the international upheaval caused by the pandemic will have a long-lasting impact on trade... read more

COVID-19 Inspires Innovative Work Solutions

Cort Brady

Just two weeks ago, the world looked as it nearly always does; businesses buzzed in a thriving market. Though news of a virus began surfacing, many expected and hoped it would pass quickly. Fast forward to the present, and the... 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

Brokers Bridging the Gap: Choose Your Partnerships Wisely

Theresa Kabot

For the last twenty years, I have owned a third-party origination company/brokerage in Seattle. Throughout the years we have received hundreds of emails and letters from customers telling us how their business wouldn’t be where it is today if it... read more

Raising the Bar: Shifting Global Leasing Markets Point to Places for Expansion

The Alta Group

The Alta Group tapped four of its consultants working with organizations in regions outside the U.S. to offer insights. There are interesting developments underway in global markets, including specific sectors and geographies, that offer potential expansion targets. In the regions... read more

Digital Exclusive: Spend Visibility Leads to Smarter Purchasing Decisions

Patrick Gaskins

The first step in developing a long-term equipment financing strategy is to identify all of the fixed and variable costs associated with operating your current fleet. In other words, what is your current total cost of operation? A spend analysis... read more

Tipping the Scales: Dispatches from the Trenches: Usury and Choice of Law Considerations

Kenneth P. Weinberg

In certain segments of our industry, the interest rate charged for the advance of loan proceeds may exceed the rates allowed under the usury laws of the state where the borrower or lessee may be located. It is important to... read more

Raising the Bar: Fintech Next Gen: Let the Real ‘Tech’ Disruption Begin

Patricia Voorhees

Financial technology — fintech — has reshaped the financing landscape for more than a decade. How has this first generation of fintech transformed equipment finance? How will the next? Turns out Fintech Gen 1 has proven more of an industry... read more

Brokers Bridging the Gap: The Old-Fashioned Way: How to Start an “App Only” Finance Brokerage in Four Steps

Bob Bell

I started as a leasing broker in 1990, and I have made every mistake known to man since then. I once spent $5,000 on an ad in a national magazine (insisted on the right-hand page because I heard it gets... read more

Tipping the Scales: Stipulate – and Lose, Part II

Stephen T. Whelan

It happened again. This time, not simply via an oral ruling by a judge from the bench, but in a written opinion, for all the world to see. And even though the litigants settled their differences after the decision was... read more

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