Robust Results: Upswing Leaves ABL Lenders Optimistic for 2018

Despite political turbulence and Mother Nature running amuck, ABL lenders saw an upswing in business in 2017 after two flat years. ABF Journal contributor Lisa Miller spoke with five ABL executives who described a robust year filled with new partnerships and business opportunities and an optimistic outlook for 2018.

Ready to Lend: 2017 ABL Activity Off to a Good Start

Rumors of tax cuts and promises of interest rate hikes swirled in the winds of uncertainty as Q1/17 ended. ABF Journal contributor Lisa Miller interviewed a group of leading ABL executives, who are already enjoying a better year than 2016 and are predicting changes ahead for the ABL market whichever way the economy shifts.

The World of ABL: Still Flat After All These Years

2016 has been a roller coaster year fueled by a contentious U.S. Presidential election, sinking energy costs and the surprise British vote to exit the European Union. Yet, for a second year, the ABL front remained quiet. Too quiet, some might say. As we prepare to say “good riddance” to 2016, ABF Journal contributor Lisa Miller speaks with ABL leaders about the state of the industry. Spoiler alert: They don’t see much change for 2017.

Rebounding From a Slow Start: ABL Lenders Look Ahead to a Strong Finish in 2016

ABF Journal contributor Lisa Miller spoke with five leading ABL lenders about the current landscape. After a lackluster 2015 and a slow start in 2016, they share their thoughts on changes in the economy and challenges that ABL lenders face. They look into their collective crystal ball, predicting a stronger second half for 2016.

ABLs Face Excess Liquidity, Fierce Competition… And It’s Not Abating Anytime Soon

With so much liquidity in the marketplace and the need to deploy it, banks and other lenders are entering the asset-based lending marketplace. ABF Journal speaks with five ABL leaders to get their insights on today’s competitive lending environment and their respective strategies to stimulate deal flow and to differentiate their institutions on such a crowded playing field.

ABLs in Uncertain Times: Sorting Risk From Opportunity In Today’s Fragile Recovery

ABF Journal spoke with leading executives, primarily from bank-affiliated ABLs, to get their perspective on where we might be headed through the remainder of this year and into 2013 and beyond. While most ABLs seem to agree there’s room for cautious optimism, the uncertainty surrounding a wide variety of factors — ranging from energy and commodity prices, to housing starts, to the viability of progress on the euro-zone debt crisis, to the uncertainty surrounding the vagaries of an election year — gives many a sense that progress will be limited until resolution is gained.

Out of the Penalty Box — But How Long Until the Ice Melts?

Once again, ABF Journal checks in with five ABL industry executives to find out their take on the state of things. This year, the consensus is quite clear: In an effort to book loans to their institutions’ balance sheets, asset-based lenders have skated back into play … and fiercely at that. But just how willing are borrowers to engage to keep structures sound and price rational levels?