When we experience something new and feel that we’ve experienced it before, we call it déjà vu. But vuja de, the act of looking at something familiar with fresh eyes, is what can most benefit the equipment finance industry. Deborah Reuben takes a look at ways firms are enacting their own version of vuja de, especially when it comes to technological innovation.
By Deborah Reuben
In our personal lives, many of us use cloud storage programs like Dropbox and Gmail to enable us to login anywhere and find our stuff. Equipment finance businesses, however, have often lagged behind, using outdated technological solutions for data storage. Katie Emmel examines some of the options companies have for moving into the cloud era, advising them to study their choices before picking the one that is right for their needs.
By Katie Emmel
Vendor finance has seen cycles of both innovation and stagnation, and Dexter Van Dango has worked and written about the industry long enough to see it all. While he views the current landscape as stale, he also sees the most exciting advancements occurring within the independent space, rather than with banks.
By Dexter Van Dango
Spring brings with it an influx of new and returning conferences after the long, gray doldrums of winter. The ELFA this year hosted two major meetings: its 18th annual Investors Conference on Equipment Finance with co-host IMN and its 2nd annual Women’s Leadership Forum, an initiative born of the organization’s new focus on growing diversity within the equipment finance industry.
By Amanda Koprowski
The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers hosted its annual conference this past May in (viva!) Las Vegas. Paul Burnham provides a rundown of the three-day event, which offered attendees the chance to learn, network, and, in the spirit of its host city, maybe go home with an extra prize or two.
By Paul Burnham
For the most part, the top vendor players sustained their dominance, with the top eight companies maintaining their same positions from last year. However, a few newcomers and smaller gains shook up the rest of the vendor players, with Eastern Funding returning to the list after a brief hiatus in 2018 and Ascentium Capital cracking the top ten for the first time.
More than a little ink has been spilled on the technological innovations of the last few decades.
By Amanda Koprowski
Steve Grosso, Jim Teal and Adam Warner sat down with Monitor for this year’s roundtable where they covered their experiences from 2018, the technological advances they’re seeing disrupt the industry and both the trouble and potential that could be coming down the pipeline for the industry.
By Steve Grosso, Jim Teal & Adam Warner
Liability policies are standard procedure when leasing equipment, but not all policies will cover vicarious liability in the event of an accident caused by the lessee or require the same financial responsibility depending on the state. Jody Green and Bill Mulder provide a basic breakdown of when additional insurance may be necessary and the types of equipment that most need its protection.
By Jody Green and Bill Mulder
Funder and vendor partnerships have long been a staple of the financing industry, and a good partnership can benefit both parties. But unexpected changes can catch vendors flat-footed, especially if adherence to their contracts won’t allow for adapting to new circumstances. Diane Croessmann examines some of the ways these partner programs work, along with what changes can cause them to malfunction.
By Diane Croessmann
Short on time?The editors of Monitor collected the most striking data points presented in the May TECHNOLOGY issue and condensed them into an infographic.
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