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ABL Advisor has partnered with finance industry leaders and subject matter experts to provide commentary on a wide variety of topics affecting the asset-based lending industry and various sectors of commercial finance. We encourage our readers to provide comments and stimulate an on-going conversation with peers.

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Thomas G. Siska
It’s been said that “Knowledge is Power”. Well, no one ever gained knowledge while talking. That’s important to remember… Read Full Blog
July 05, 2016, 07:00 AM




Roxana Safranek
In today’s business climate, successful commercial finance companies are empowered by knowledge – which is usually gained through access to accurate and timely information. Read Full Blog
April 14, 2015, 07:00 AM

Michael E. Taylor
As the processes and businesses become increasingly complex, technology and automation become critical growth and success factors for any financial institution. Read Full Blog
June 04, 2014, 07:00 AM

Timothy Thornton
Phenomenal technological changes are being thrown at us at an ever-increasing rate. Thank goodness there’s an upside... Read Full Blog
March 05, 2014, 07:00 AM




Charlie Perer
Charlie Perer, of Super G Capital, on why second lien capital providers have a unique market opportunity in the lower middle market. Read Full Blog
March 21, 2017, 07:00 AM




Gabe Koch and Michael Feder
No successful business owner imagines being in the middle of a crisis. But when a business turns down, knowing how to make it through is critical for the survival and the preservation of the owner’s sanity. Read Full Blog
November 03, 2015, 07:00 AM

Peter L. Tourtellot
As a lender, you dutifully review and assess reports from your borrowers. You see nothing amiss ... and then report from a particular borrower makes your "spidey sense" begin to tingle. Read Full Blog
March 19, 2014, 07:00 AM

Rivian Bell
You’re sound asleep when every electronic device starts to ping wildly. It could be the beginning of the worst business day of your life, or it could be a manageable series of events. Read Full Blog
September 19, 2013, 07:00 AM




Robert M. Wonneberger
A Kansas Supreme Court decision illustrates some of the issues a secured lender must consider when contemplating strict foreclosure of its security interest. Read Full Blog
December 01, 2016, 07:00 AM

Robert M. Wonneberger
Under the right circumstances, forbearance agreements can allow time for situations to stabilize or for parties to take corrective action. Read Full Blog
July 20, 2016, 07:00 AM

Robert S. Bernstein, Esq.
Though bankruptcy proceedings are reasonably predictable, the expectation of “who gets what, when, and in what order” is greatly impacted when a court authorizes a debtor to pay critical vendors. Read Full Blog
June 01, 2016, 07:00 AM




Barrett D. Carlson
The back office used to be viewed as sheer expense … IT, accounting, HR, risk management and compliance. Barrett Carlson at CapX Partners notes that maybe it’s time to rethink some things. Read Full Blog
May 18, 2016, 07:00 AM




Nelson Goldberg
Nelson Goldberg at RMP Trade Credit reminds us that when it comes to small business lending, the fundamentals still apply. Read Full Blog
February 18, 2015, 07:00 AM

Kathleen Z. Lepak
The average age of many of the most talented business development teams in ABL businesses continues to increase leaving managers concerned Read Full Blog
January 27, 2014, 07:00 AM




Michael A. Toglia
As 2016 draws to a close, the staff of ABL Advisor takes a moment to reflect and present this year’s blogs that captured our readers’ interest the most. Read Full Blog
December 21, 2016, 07:00 AM

Ronald Vanek
Marquette Business Credit’s Ron Vanek shares his response to the eternal question: When opportunity knocks, will you be there to answer? Read Full Blog
August 17, 2016, 07:00 AM

Joseph Richman
While it comes as no surprise that low oil prices cause bankruptcies, the data on these bankruptcies yields surprising conclusions... Read Full Blog
March 21, 2016, 07:00 AM




Sue Bury
Whether big or small, a lie is a lie. Although once revered as a black and white matter, the moral compass of society, as a whole, has lowered the bar. Read Full Blog
August 03, 2016, 07:00 AM

James L. DiCamillo
For many years, FICO was an important consult source used to base all sorts of decisions. Now lenders will have to turn to some alternatives as a basis of minimizing their risk. Read Full Blog
January 19, 2016, 07:00 AM

Jen Mathews
CSC offers key findings from its recent survey on UCC Article 9 best practices and trends. Read Full Blog
February 19, 2014, 07:00 AM




Barry Kastner
Bibby Financial Services’ Barry Kastner explains how commercial finance companies can weather interest-rate uncertainties with a few simple steps. Read Full Blog
May 09, 2017, 07:00 AM

David Wisen
If uncertainty is the siren song for the lending industry, that condition abounds today. David Wisen offers his insights into what that means for specialty finance and non-bank lending. Read Full Blog
February 07, 2017, 07:00 AM

W. Bradford Armstrong
For those few firms who can combine old-world and new-age methods, opportunities will abound in the marketplace for small business finance. Read Full Blog
December 12, 2016, 07:00 AM




Shideh Sedgh Bina
Right in the middle of the current economic downturn, The Wall Street Journal ran a story that said the recession wasn’t just hurting businesses, it was killing strategic plans. Our advice: Don’t create a strategic plan. Rather, build a strategic frame; a ship of business. Read Full Blog
November 11, 2012, 08:00 AM




Robert Bolandian
Many factors and asset-based lenders are now experiencing historic, extraordinary economics and emerging dynamics in their marketplace. Read Full Blog
April 13, 2016, 07:00 AM

Ken Mann
Heritage Equity Partners’ Ken Mann discusses the pitfalls in pursuing a single suitor strategy and the four common reasons companies do it anyway. Read Full Blog
January 05, 2016, 07:00 AM

Linda McDonough
The first quarter has just come to a close: do you know where your marketing plan is? For many companies, the answer is “sitting on a shelf gathering dust.” The good news is it’s never too late to start planning and measuring when it comes to marketing. Linda McDonough explains. Read Full Blog
April 02, 2013, 07:00 AM




Scot Sandel
Attention asset-based lenders: how are you validating EBITDA for your middle-market borrowers? Read Full Blog
October 22, 2014, 07:00 AM

Arnold Jacobs
Thanks to the astonishing growth in the power and complexity of data-gathering technologies, the role of analytics is looming larger than ever at businesses of all types and sizes. Indeed, C-suites everywhere buzz with talk of “big data” and its potentially transformative role. Read Full Blog
February 12, 2013, 07:00 AM




Cheryl Carner
Self-described “deal junkie” Cheryl Carner offers her observations on the current market and asks the question – where are we in this long post-recession cycle? Read Full Blog
February 22, 2017, 07:00 AM

Adam Karson
Adam Karson of Keybridge Research LLC and Robert Rinaldi of CSI Leasing provide their perspectives on the sequester and its implications for the economy and businesses. Read Full Blog
March 20, 2013, 07:00 AM




Emma Hart
Sallyport Commercial Finance has thrived as an energy lender despite volatility and distress within the sector. COO Emma Hart explains this success. Read Full Blog
September 06, 2016, 07:00 AM

Roy M. Palk
When President Obama announced the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan, he set off a fierce debate about the economic ripple effects of the proposal. Read Full Blog
October 01, 2015, 07:00 AM

Michael Lebowitz
The phrase “you don’t know what you don’t know” is particularly true for ABLs seeking to get a handle on the value levels of various jewelry-industry assets. Read Full Blog
December 18, 2013, 07:00 AM




Ben T. Nicholson
Retail businesses that are set-up as temporary, but highly cost-effective operations -- “Pop-Up” Retail stores-- create a unique environment to effectively engage customers. Read Full Blog
October 04, 2016, 07:00 AM

Bruce Armbruster
The effectiveness with which appraisal firms approach new technologies like social media can have very real consequences on the appraised NOLV. Read Full Blog
January 21, 2015, 07:00 AM

John Cronin
Like baseball players, liquidators also speak of the sweet spot — that point in a disposition where a sale’s "capacity" results in an optimal return. Read Full Blog
December 03, 2014, 07:00 AM




Robert G. Flanders, Jr.
Attorney Robert Flanders discusses actions asset-based lenders can take to mitigate the risks that they will be treated as unsecured creditors in a municipal bankruptcy. Read Full Blog
September 19, 2016, 07:00 AM

Robert S. Bernstein, Esq.
Though bankruptcy proceedings are reasonably predictable, the expectation of “who gets what, when, and in what order” is greatly impacted when a court authorizes a debtor to pay critical vendors. Read Full Blog
June 01, 2016, 07:00 AM

Grant T. Stein
The system of checks and balances, and separation of powers, has found a practical manifestation in Supreme Court decisions that address the judicial authority of bankruptcy judges. Read Full Blog
September 01, 2015, 07:00 AM




Gen Merritt-Parikh
Allied Affiliated Funding’s Gen Merritt-Parikh notes the push on the part of finance companies to focus on oilfield services has fallen off a cliff. What then, is in store for 2016? Read Full Blog
December 01, 2015, 07:00 AM

Bert Goldberg
ABL Advisor sat down with the IFA’s Bert Goldberg to get a sense of how factoring fared in 2014 and to hear his thoughts on what factors expect in 2015. Read Full Blog
February 09, 2015, 07:00 AM

Cole Harmonson
As we enter 2015, it’s important to reflect on various industry trends to see where things are headed and how we will be affected going into the New Year. Read Full Blog
January 06, 2015, 07:00 AM




Ken Yager
Why does a company really fall into distress? While the problems are visible on the financials, true causes go deeper and into the operations of the business. Read Full Blog
March 02, 2016, 07:00 AM

Teresa C. Kohl
A successful pitch for new business requires talent, creativity and a dash of dramatic flair. SSG Capital Advisor’s Teresa Kohl preps us for the “perfect” pitch. Read Full Blog
May 08, 2015, 07:00 AM

Peter L. Tourtellot
All of us need to be masters of our trade and this mastery should include consideration of fresh solutions, notes turnaround expert Peter Tourtellot. Read Full Blog
August 05, 2014, 07:00 AM




Stuart P. Papavassiliou
ABL Advisor presents the second in a new series of blogs summarizing industry personnel announcements covered in the Daily eNews Blast. Read Full Blog
May 29, 2014, 07:00 AM

Stuart P. Papavassiliou
ABL Advisor presents the first in a new series of blogs summarizing industry personnel announcements covered in the Daily eNews Blast. Read Full Blog
April 29, 2014, 03:00 PM




Michael Lebowitz
Amid these times of volatility and change, lenders to the jewelry sector need to better understand their clients’ business — the levels of inventory needed, pricing, competition and more. Read Full Blog
February 17, 2016, 07:00 AM

John Hagist
Both new equipment and used equipment can be secure collateral. The understanding needs to be in place that, when looking at the opinion of value curve, at what point are you joining the curve? Read Full Blog
August 04, 2015, 07:00 AM