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Asset Management

Equipment Finance Insight: The Impact of Data Analytics-Driven Risk Management on Heavy-Duty Assets

While the economy entering 2024 continues to face plenty of challenges, there is no doubt that the entire business landscape remains predicated on the continued movement of goods across the country. The transportation fleets responsible for moving these goods have... read more

Best Practices

Are You an Equipment Finance Startup in the Incubation Phase?

Starting your new equipment financing business requires building the infrastructure (people, process, and technology) to support it. What equipment financing software will you use to manage your portfolio? How and where will you host that software? What resources will you... read more

Brokerage

Brokers Bridging the Gap: Choose Your Partnerships Wisely

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

Conferences

5 Tech Takeaways from Converge 2024

Monitor’s Converge conference is built for people like me. Converge has a multi-faceted focus on how organizations intertwine business strategy, productivity and technology. It is built for enthusiasts looking to learn about and share their experiences with these topics. I... read more

Credit / Underwriting

Managing Customer Expectations As COVID-19 Impacts the Credit Process

The year 2020 and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have made life for people and industries worldwide feel like one continuous roller coaster. Many businesses, including restaurants, are still experiencing a downward trajectory, with the National Restaurant Association reporting... read more

Equipment Sector

Waiting for the Boom: Embattled Construction Companies Need Nuanced Capital Strategies

To the casual observer, it must seem like high times for the global construction industry. Massive federal, state and local government funding has been committed to housing and infrastructure stimulus programs, including the $1.2 trillion U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs... read more

HR

The Importance of Intentional Mentorship

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

Lease Accounting

Equipment Leasing and the Passive Activity Loss Rules

In the early 1980s, there were few hurdles to making investments for which much of the return came in the form of accelerated tax depreciation, investment tax credits and/or interest deductions. The results of this era were ugly at times.... read more

Legal

Liability and the Collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge – Are You Protected?

The recent collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland caused shockwaves around the world. Closer to home, this event has had considerable implications for the equipment finance industry. In the aftermath, many vessel owners and financing parties... read more

Management

Redefining Work: The Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impact, from public health challenges to emotional stress to labor issues. It has also given business leaders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redefine the way we work. The disruption in most workplaces at the start... read more

Of Interest

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

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

Performance Improvement

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

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

Pricing / Structuring

Interest Rates are Rising: How Can the Equipment Finance Industry Prepare?

Yield compression can be a pain point for equipment lessors and financing firms, especially in a rising rate environment. Rising interest rates can negatively impact returns in a typical warehouse-to-securitization financing structure. Let’s explore those risks and how to mitigate... read more

Sales / Marketing

Greasing the Wheel: Bank Leasing Companies: Our First “Sale” is to Our Banking Teammates

“Why do I need you?” The wording may be different each time the question is asked, but it translates to a clear request for an explanation of value. That the question is being asked by our banking colleagues is an... read more

Technology

Three Reasons Equipment Finance Companies Should Embrace Modern Technology

Modernizing equipment finance technology is a significant undertaking. As a result, many companies stick with old technology for too long, acting out of fear instead of seizing the opportunity. As an equipment finance executive who has recently overseen the transition... read more

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