In-depth data gathered from Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s annual survey indicates that the U.S. economy may be on the verge of a breakthrough. If these projections for revenue and employment growth are on track, it could be the best year for business since 2007.
Regular ABF Journal contributor Lisa A. Miller spoke with five ABL leaders to get the pulse of the ABL outlook for 2015. With an unexpected economic stallout in Q1/14, and the ongoing forces of excess liquidity, tight margins and heavy competition continuing to labor the market, new money opportunities can be challenging. However, optimism abounds as loan growth accelerates, and recent data revealed the banking sector experienced the highest rate of loan growth in 2014 since the economic downturn.
A lack of business credit may be contributing to the Eurozone’s sluggish economic recovery. FGI President/CEO David DiPiero considers whether asset-based lending could be a catalyst for sparking market growth in Europe, outlining key hurdles and how the landscape is evolving.
Howard Brod Brownstein recaps highlights from the Eighth Annual Education and Networking Conference, where bankruptcy court judges, asset-based lenders and attorneys gathered for a day to test their knowledge about the industry, and trade insights on trends and issues in the turnaround, lending and bankruptcy court worlds.
Whether or not to accept gift cards during a liquidation should be decided on a case by case basis. But the blanket refusal to redeem gift cards during GOB sales is becoming more a thing of the past. Michael McGrail, COO of Tiger Capital Group, talks about the advantages and disadvantages of redemption to creditors. Whatever the decision, he says potential impacts to GOB sales should be factored into the overall liquidation strategy.