Category: General Business

TD Economics Forecast: Fiscal Austerity Will Slow Economic Growth in the Years Ahead

TD Economics said in its latest quarterly economic forecast that economic growth over the last year has been modest, but healing has continued as the housing market has become a tailwind rather than a headwind. The worst of the deleveraging cycle and its dampening effect on economic growth appears to be over, TD says, but, just as the U.S. economy appears set for take-off, one obstacle remains.

With Fewer Opportunities and Lower Utilization — What Comes Next in Restructuring?

Ongoing sluggish economic growth and high levels of corporate debt created an expectation that post-recession restructuring activity would continue at a reasonable pace. However, as measured by U.S. bankruptcies, the trend seems to have reversed. AlixPartners’ Thomas Osmun and Joseph Mazzotti examine where the bankruptcies have gone, activities that have taken their place and what it means for the restructuring industry.

GE CCO Discusses NCMM Survey Loan Issuance Off, Yet Still a Lot of Supply

GE Capital recently partnered with the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business to establish the National Center for the Middle Market, which produces a Middle Market Indicator Survey. ABF Journal spoke with GE Capital’s Robert McCarrick as he relayed the findings of the survey and explained that although there is increasing pessimism about the economy and loan issuance is off, there is still financing out there — a benefit to both lenders and borrowers.

Flexibility, Flexibility, Flexibility ABL, Factoring Software Must Be Tailored to Both Borrows & Lenders’ Needs

Opportunities are there for those with the tools and talent to seek them out. Even with the additional requirements placed on lenders by regulators and auditors both the factoring and asset-based lending industries have experienced growth in recent years. William Stucky & Associates’ Roseanne Doyle discusses the software requirements and flexibility needed to ensure success for both lenders and borrowers.

Sectors Offer a Mixed Bag of Opportunity

To launch the new year, we asked Rosenthal & Rosenthal’s James Occhiogrosso to take a look at borrower sectors that rely on factoring and asset-based financing in this, ABF Journal’s first ever Specialty Lending Forecast. While certain sectors offer opportunity, all require diligence and in some cases, patience.

Interested in Dodging Social Media Bullets?

There are wonderful things to be said about Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and their many rivals. But, without careful management, they also have the potential to make a minor happenstance into a major problem, and a major problem into a life-threatening crisis. And that’s bad news for every business going through restructuring or reorganization, trying its darnedest to avoid those alternatives. The somewhat good news is that there are things a business can do to dodge some of the social media bullets.

Cloud-Based Technology — Opportunities for Advanced Credit Monitoring Tools

The advent and advancement of Cloud technology has opened the door to major changes in the world of business credit, enhancement and collateral monitoring. We are barraged with a constant flow of new buzzwords, phrases and acronyms for everything trendy and exciting. It’s hard to keep up. Yet, Cloud computing and Business Processing as a Service present opportunities for considerable cost savings and efficiencies.

Back in Business: After a Rash of Bankruptcies, Retailers Are in Fighting Shape for 2011

Given what Spence Mehl calls “a bloodbath of bankruptcies” in the retail space in 2008 and 2009, last year brought surprisingly fewer bankruptcies than most had anticipated. And while bankruptcy still loomed heavily for nearly all the big chains in 2010, the difference was that retailers themselves executed their own top-to-bottom restructuring plans. But, Mehl warns, retailers aren’t out of the woods yet.