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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

Jeffrey Knopman
Factors and asset-based lenders must address the risks of invoice fraud and processing errors. Unfortunately, factors and asset-based lenders are constantly at risk of processing errors or invoice fraud being committed against them. Read Full Blog
May 25, 2021, 05:00 AM

James Hanley
How will you survive, grow and scale your asset-based lending business in the midst and aftermath of a global pandemic? Read Full Blog
June 11, 2020, 07:00 AM

Nancy Lee
Nancy Lee, Co-Founder of ABLSoft, offers tips for implementing new software into your asset-based lending or factoring business. Read Full Blog
July 17, 2018, 07:00 AM

Andrew Bekker, CFA
Latin America is widely recognized by U.S. investors and businesses as a region for growth.Despite recognizing this opportunity, the desire to expand often meets reality once financial and accounting due diligence begin. Read Full Blog
June 05, 2019, 07:00 AM

Lauren Smith
Lauren Smith, of SS&C Primatics, offers a four-point plan for leveraging the new CECL model with stress testing procedures Read Full Blog
August 29, 2017, 07:00 AM

Michelle Gasaway; Benjamin K. Marsh; Lilit Kazangyan; Travis R. Waldens; Jeremy A. Zucker
In a special to ABL Advisor, guest bloggers from the law firm of Skadden Arps share their outlook on the Capital Markets sector in 2018, and why economic factors offer a mix of opportunities. Read Full Blog
March 26, 2018, 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

Jeffrey Sweeney
When additional collateral is required for an asset-based finance deal, innovative alternative lenders can leverage these IP assets and secure greater availability for their clients. Read Full Blog
September 19, 2017, 07:00 AM

Kraig Grahmann
Lenders are eyeing the energy sector with renewed optimism, writes Kraig Grahmann, a partner in the Energy Practice Group of the law firm Haynes and Boone. Read Full Blog
June 08, 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

Brett P. Garver
Brett Garver of Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP writes that a proposed NY State law would create a licensing requirement for non-bank lenders and leasing companies. Read Full Blog
February 07, 2020, 05:00 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

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

Harvey Topitz
Harvey Topitz of RI RMS explains why lenders cannot trust Certificates of Insurance. Read Full Blog
November 04, 2021, 09:00 AM

Art Medici
Guest blogger Art Medici, of Newport Board Group, explains why lenders should pay attention to the composition of their borrowers’ advisory board. Read Full Blog
October 15, 2018, 07:00 AM

Susan Koss
Guest blogger Susan Koss, of O’Keefe CPA, on why due diligence during the M&A process must take a multi-dimensional approach or risk leaving important stones unturned. Read Full Blog
April 25, 2018, 07:00 AM

Lisa Roberts
There is an opportunity for technology-enabled ABL to have a strong 2021. Read Full Blog
February 08, 2021, 05:00 AM

Lisa Roberts
Supply Chain Finance can be a lifeline for SMEs during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a huge opportunity for the lenders. Read Full Blog
July 27, 2020, 07:00 AM

Paul Bower
Despite new competitive forces from FinTech-style firms, traditional asset-based lenders should thrive and prosper into the future. Read Full Blog
August 26, 2019, 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

Bill Lawrence
Bill Lawrence of Revitalization Partners discusses the importance of businesses having a “Plan B” in preparation for the unknown. Read Full Blog
September 15, 2020, 05:00 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

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

Bill Lawrence
More and more businesses are showing signs of distress. When businesses become insolvent, they have only a few choices to deal with the problem - including the Receivership option. Read Full Blog
November 01, 2022, 07:00 AM

Ben T. Nicholson
Ben Nicholson, CEO of Fortis Business Advisors discusses the use of "Pop-Ip" Liquidations and an inventory monetization strategy in Chapter 11. Read Full Blog
May 12, 2022, 07:00 AM

Al Davis
The Chapter V subsection of Chapter 11, known as the Small Business Reorganization Act, was designed to let smaller companies take advantage of bankruptcy restructuring laws in a way that is both faster and less expensive. Read Full Blog
October 29, 2020, 05:00 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

Ben T. Nicholson
Ben T. Nicholson, President of Fortis Business Advisors, on how managed inventory turnover benefits retailers and their lenders. Read Full Blog
January 25, 2018, 07:00 AM

Bob Epstein
Eaton Hudson’s Bob Epstein on why reports of the death of brick and mortar retail have been greatly exaggerated, and what stores can do to improve their prognosis. Read Full Blog
December 12, 2017, 07:00 AM

Henry M. Fields & Mark R. Sobin
Guest Bloggers Henry M. Fields and Mark R. Sobin, of the law firm Morrison & Foerster, explain new federal guidelines that could have far reaching effects for commercial real estate lenders. Read Full Blog
February 14, 2018, 07:00 AM

Alan S. Kaplinsky & Scott M. Pearson
Many Fintech companies fall in a regulatory gray area, capitalizing on loopholes that traditional depository banks can’t. But as Ballard Spahr’s Alan S. Kaplinsky and Scott M. Pearson explain, that is soon likely to change. Read Full Blog
June 21, 2018, 07:00 AM

Michael Beaver
Michael Beaver, Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie, dissects the construction industry, and what ABLs need to know before taking the leap. Read Full Blog
August 15, 2018, 07:00 AM

Brian Noble
Brian Noble, CEO of Asset Compliant Solutions, shares tips for asset-based lenders and lease finance companies in a slowing economy. Read Full Blog
August 11, 2023, 07:00 AM

Joseph Camberato
Joe Camberato of National Business Capital provides a closer look at the role of subordinate debt in today’s market. Read Full Blog
May 24, 2023, 07:00 AM

Al Davis
As the economy continues to seek its footing, small businesses are finding it challenging to get loans from traditional banks because they often lack the assets or credit histories of larger companies. Read Full Blog
February 07, 2023, 07:00 AM

Bob Rinaldi
The pullback of super regional banks gives smaller regional and community banks a unique opportunity in equipment finance. Read Full Blog
January 02, 2024, 05:00 PM

Dan Taylor
Regulators have introduced regulations that require financial disclosures to small businesses that seek commercial financing, thereby enabling merchants with pertinent information to make well-informed decisions. Read Full Blog
February 06, 2024, 07:00 AM