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February 1, 2013
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  • Farm loans increase to fund rising input costs
    Farm-commodity income is increasing, and input costs, along with loans to pay for such costs, are rising as well. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says farm loans excluding real estate increased in the fourth quarter at the quickest pace in three years. Meanwhile, commercial banks loaned more at a higher average amount. Big Picture Agriculture blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to get the best equipment-finance deal
    There are several factors to consider when weighing an equipment lease, says David Beckstead, Pacific region sales manager for equipment financing at California Bank & Trust. The way to secure the best deal is to prioritize a company's needs and research the market. Smart Business/Los Angeles (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Trends 
  • China's $6.5B investment in U.S. sets record
    Chinese companies' direct investment in the U.S. reached a record $6.5 billion last year, a 17% increase compared with 2011, according to Rhodium Group. The investment level will grow as China moves closer to having the world's biggest economy, analyst Thilo Hanemann said. The Washington Post (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fed paper highlights investor dynamics
    The Federal Reserve posted a research paper online that delves into how investor dynamics affect the corporate-bond market. Researchers say institutional investors tend to exhibit "herd-like" behavior more in the corporate-bond market than in stocks. "We find substantial institutional herding in U.S. corporate bonds, much higher than that previously documented in the equity markets," staff economists Fang Cai, Song Han and Dan Li wrote. Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Global lending conditions improve for emerging economies
    Easy monetary policies in mature economies are cited for a positive turn in bank lending conditions for emerging markets, the first plus reading since the second quarter of 2011, according to the Institute of International Finance. The improvement was documented globally but was particularly strong in Asia. (China) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Don't delay: Reserve your hotel room for the ELFA Executive Roundtable before Feb. 16
    If you plan to attend the ELFA Executive Roundtable, scheduled March 10 to 12 in Frisco, Texas, near Dallas, we urge you to make a hotel reservation immediately. Feb. 16 is the deadline to receive a special rate of $179 at The Westin Stonebriar.

    We strongly encourage you to make a hotel reservation online. You may also call (972) 668-8000 or 1-888-627-8441, provide arrival and departure dates, and mention "ELFA Executive Roundtable" to get the group rate.

    Get the agenda and register for the round table.

    Attendance is limited to CEOs, presidents and senior staff from ELFA regular-member companies. Don't miss this opportunity to discuss issues of the day, strategize about the future and create lasting business relationships. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is your website part of your company profile in the ELFA Member Directory?
    All ELFA members are encouraged to review their company and individual profiles in the ELFA Member Directory. This is the place to showcase your company's expertise and to make a first impression for others looking to do business. It is especially important that your company profile include your website address so users searching the directory on the ELFA website or on the Equipment Finance Advantage website can easily connect with you. Note: Only the key contact at each member company may update the company profile. Questions? Contact LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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