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December 31, 2012
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  • "Fiscal cliff" fears keep businesses from investing in equipment
    Businesses are holding back on equipment and software investment until there is a resolution of the "fiscal cliff," according to the 2013 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook. "Our baseline growth forecast assumes a fiscal cliff deal that everyone can live with, [but] this is obviously a very fluid situation, and difficult to predict," said Adam Karson, director of Keybridge Research, whose firm helps compile report together with the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. Fleet Owner (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China's factory output at its highest level since May 2011
    China's factory output accelerated in December to its highest level since May 2011 with new orders suggesting increased momentum in 2013, according to the final reading of the HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index. The sub-index focusing on new orders rose to its highest level since January 2011. Reuters (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clarity for definitions would help IFRS compliance, survey finds
    Clarity for definitions of assets and liabilities for debt instruments would make compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards easier for finance executives, according to a public consultation by the International Accounting Standards Board. Revenue recognition, leases and insurance contracts, and intangibles, such as intellectual property, have created challenges for finance chiefs, especially as these are areas that are not converged. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Regulatory 
  • FASB wants to be part of international panel on accounting rules
    The Financial Accounting Foundation said it has not yet decided whether to switch to international rules, but it wants to participate in a committee formed to draft international accounting rules. The U.S. standard-setter could be excluded, limiting America's influence over global standards. Reuters (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • End-of-year feedback? You're doing it wrong
    Bosses who hold year-end reviews for their workers are approaching feedback in the wrong way, writes Denis Wilson. Feedback should be a continuous process of praise and gradual course-correction, not a once-a-year blowout event. "Dropping bombs on employees once or twice a year only serves to build up pressure and make feedback sessions feel like indictments," Wilson writes. Fast Company online (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Benchmark your business performance
    Are you looking to understand change and growth in the equipment finance marketplace? Are you seeking a performance management tool for the new year? ELFA's Survey of Equipment Finance Activity (SEFA) is the most important source of statistical information available on the equipment leasing and finance industry. The Survey Report includes lease and loan data from 109 ELFA-member companies, including data relating to respondents' volume and type of leasing business, productivity measures, and residual experience. It also presents balance sheet data and measures financial ratios and profitability. Read a summary of the key findings, watch a video about how to use the report in your business, or download the full report at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Share your feedback with the Foundation's online rating tool
    With the recent release of several exciting studies, such as the 2012-2013 U.S. Equipment Finance Market Study, Oh Canada! Seeking Growth North of the Border, and the 2013 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation would like your feedback on our new research! The online rating tool is easy to use and helps us ensure we're meeting the needs and expectations of our audience and the broader industry. Visit the Foundation's online library to use the online rating tool and to download new studies.

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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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