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March 13, 2013
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  • Index: Small-business optimism ticked up in February
    The National Federation of Independent Business' optimism index rose in February, the third consecutive month of positive movement. Still, the index isn't as high as it was before the recession, signaling "fear and instability" caused by Washington's perpetual crisis mode, NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg says. The Hill/On the Money blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • SEC experiments with more specific penalties
    The Securities and Exchange Commission may use more customized punishments when penalizing rule breakers, instead of its typical broad prohibitions. "We want to use all of the tools available to us to specifically discourage repeat misconduct and go beyond the injunctions we traditionally obtain," said George Canellos, the SEC's acting head of enforcement. Reuters (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regulator will consider simplifying Basel III
    Criticism that Basel III rules, which require banks to hold more capital against possible losses, are too complex is prompting the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision to re-examine the rules. "A vigorous public debate has developed recently as to whether the Basel regulatory framework strikes an appropriate balance among different desirable characteristics: simplicity, comparability and risk sensitivity," Chairman Stefan Ingves said. Reuters (3/12), Bloomberg (3/12), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Are you a bank, independent or captive executive? Join the conversation at the April 9 Best Practices Roundtables
    ELFA will hold three invitation-only Best Practices Roundtables -- bank, independent and captive -- designed to gather senior leasing and finance executives for information sharing and critical thinking about issues they are facing as leaders of their organization.

    Each round table is scheduled from noon to 4:30 p.m. April 9, the first day of the National Funding Conference.

    Attendance is by invitation and is open to ELFA member companies only. Keep an eye out for your e-mail invitation! For questions, contact Alexa Carnibella at or 202-238-3416. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Register for the ELFA/IMN Investors' Conference
    On March 21, ELFA and the Information Management Network will host the 12th annual Investors' Conference on Equipment Finance in New York City. Last year's program was a resounding success, with the support of 14 corporate sponsors and more than 300 delegates. Nearly half of these delegates represented investors and equipment-finance companies that came to network and learn about industry trends and developments.

    This one-day conference attracts decision-makers at the highest levels. The conference program will highlight many professional speakers, allowing for timely and thorough coverage of topics of interest to the industry. Register to ensure your place at the forefront of developments and investment opportunities in the equipment-finance industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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