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The Transformative Potential of the SMALL LENDER Act: A Game Changer for the Equipment Finance and Leasing Industry

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An Executive Summary of the transformative potential of the SMALL LENDER Act. The SMALL LENDER Act is a game changer for the equipment finance and asset leasing industry. The Act would provide relief to small businesses and lenders from the CFPB’s final rules under Section 1071 of Dodd-Frank. In addition to offering an understanding of the Act, the blog covers how it enhances accessibility and inclusion, drives innovation in the equipment finance and asset leasing industry, strengthens the market ecosystem, and helps foster economic growth and stability.

Protecting The Future of Equipment Finance: Insights from the 2024 Capitol Connections Convention

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Key Executive insights from the President/CEO of LTI Technology Solutions, Jeff Van Slyke of the 2024 Capitol Connections Convention held in Washington DC on May 22nd, 2024. The blog summarizes the ELFA organized event, Capitol Connections Convention. Held on Capitol Hill, top leaders from across the equipment finance and asset leasing industry met with policymakers regarding the impact of the proposed changes to Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act and its impact on the industry. Discussions focused on three critical areas:
#1. The Challenges of Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act, specifically regarding extensive data collection requirements to the credit application process.
#2. CFPB’s $5 Million Threshold which effectively turns Section 1071 into a broad catch-all repository for nearly all commercial loans across the US, deviating from the original intent of the legislation.
#3. Advocacy for the SMALL LENDER Act. Collectively, ELFA members urged COngress to co-sponsor the SMALL LENDER Act which aims to provide relief from the CFPB’s final rules under Section 1071 of the Dodd Frank in 3 critical ways: extend the compliance period to three years with an additional two year grace period as opposed to the current 18-month implementation period; redefines the definition of small business to those with gross annual revenues of $1 million or less, instead of the existing $5 million; and adjusts the financial institution criteria to those financial institutions originating at least 500 covered transactions annually, rather than the current 100.

The 35th Annual ELFA Funding Conference: Navigating Challenges & Building Relationships

While the challenges in certain sectors of our marketspace loomed large, this year’s conference exuded a sense of optimism and determination. Many participants leveraged the platform to capitalize on new opportunities or cultivate relationships to navigate the turbulent waters we face. Despite the headwinds encountered in Q1, the prevailing sentiment was one of unwavering positivity and resilience. It was a poignant reminder of our collective strength and adaptability in the face of adversity.

Three Top 2023 Performers Poised for Continued Success Through 2025

Equipment Finance Industry Trajectory 2024-2025: ELFA Executive Roundtable Observations. The Annual ELFA Executive Round Table held March 3-5 in Orlando, Florida was a forum that yielded valuable insights into the Equipment Finance Industry’s trajectory for 2024-2025. After engaging in roundtable dialogues and expert speaker sessions, several notable themes emerged that have implications for the marketplace both short and long term.