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How Asset Finance Companies Can Help Fleets Get to a Greener Future

Patrick Gaskins

With increasing regularity, corporations are adding sustainability goals to their business strategies. This new sense of corporate responsibility is in part being driven by changes in customer demand. Consumers are asking questions around the sustainability and environmental efforts of corporations... read more

Ask the Expert: What is the Trajectory of the Global Semiconductor Chip Shortage?

Jeff Barron

Modern-day automotive vehicles rely on advanced technology more than ever to deliver an exceptional driving experience coupled with innovative safety and mobility features. But there’s currently an unprecedented global shortage of an integral part to these vehicles—semiconductor chips—that’s affecting nearly... read more

Eliminating Paper In The Equipment Funding Process

Ray Ellingsen

Everyone in the heavily regulated syndicated equipment funding arena knows that each funding transaction requires signatures on more than 25 documents. While that has always been cumbersome, the restriction of public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic with its work-from-home mandates... read more

Heads Up! 5G Will Need Equipment Finance

Scott Nelson

5G is on everyone’s mind right now. The carriers have installed enough 5G equipment to provide usable coverage so they have unleashed their marketing armies upon us. AT&T seems to be in the lead – fictional advertising commercial salesperson Lily... read more

Remarketing Repossessions: Speed and Technology Makes A Difference

Michael Levison

Fast, effective recovery and remarketing of equipment tied to defaulted loans can make a huge difference in the net recovery on those loans. Fortunately, recent advances in recovery technology, valuation methodologies and remarketing through digital platforms are allowing lenders to recover... read more

Financing and Electric Vehicles

Patrick Gaskins

Lately there has been a lot of activity on the electric and hydrogen-electric commercial vehicle space. It seems like nearly every day there is a new item on a truck manufacturer and a technology company or battery manufacturer entering into... read more

Healthcare Equipment Finance Trends to Watch in the Year Ahead

Justin Tabone

Last spring, when the coronavirus first hit, dentists throughout the U.S. saw their practices devastated. Amid the lockdowns, 76% of dental offices shuttered for all but emergencies, while 19% halted patient visits altogether, according to a survey by the American Dental... read more

2021 Fleet Leasing Predictions Following an Unprecedented Year

Jeff Barron, Jeff Nager

2020 has certainly been an unprecedented year for businesses of all sizes and industries of all kinds. For some, we’ve championed their successes and mourned the undoing of others. But as we begin to see a light at the end... read more

Celebrating Wins From A Tumultuous Year: Lessons Learned

Patrick Gaskins

2020 was quite a year, and much of the talk surrounding the events center on COVID-19. That said, even with all of the heartache, there were some bright spots that need to be celebrated. Let’s start with the fact that... read more

2021 Healthcare Industry Outlook

John Sparta

The healthcare industry is, arguably, one of the most heavily impacted industries by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-pandemic, it was expected that transformative technologies like artificial intelligence, at-home diagnostics and virtual care would continue to gain traction through 2020 and beyond.... read more

The Importance of Intentional Mentorship

Drew Spears

We’ve all had a leader who has made a lasting impact on our careers somewhere along the way. Perhaps they were a direct supervisor, or maybe a leader from another part of the business who took a special interest in... read more

Veterans, Boomers & Leaders — What’s the Plan?

Shawn Smith

NextGen leaders out there are asking what the plan is and wondering what the answer is. And my piece will not pull any punches or mince any words! Here is what I am worried about: The depth of our bench... read more

Why Leasing Makes Sense

Tom Toton

Fleets have a number of options when it comes to asset acquisition. They can buy, finance or lease an asset. In my estimation, the lease versus buy analysis favors leasing, especially when talking about operating leases. Here are several reasons... read more

Are Your Repossession Agents Properly Insured?

Michael Levison

There are few actions that a lender takes that have more potential for legal or damage claims than a vehicle or equipment repossession. Ensuring that your service providers have the right types and amounts of insurance coverage is critical to... read more

FASB ASU: Proposed Targeted Improvements to the Leases Standard

Sarah O’Sullivan, Michael Stevenson

FASB has issued a proposed accounting standards update intended to improve three areas of the leases guidance. How will this update affect equipment lessors? O’Sullivan: There are three proposed amendments in the Exposure Draft that the FASB has asked the... read more

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