Category Archives: General Finance

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Equipment Leases – The FMV Lease

As readers know, I’ve done several posts on equipment leasing and different types of leases. And that continues today with the FMV lease. The FMV in FMV Lease stands for “Fair Market Value”. It’s also sometimes known as a “true lease” in business circles, probably because this structure was likely the original thought behind leasing. An FMV lease… Read More »

Equipment leases – Capital Lease vs Operating Lease structures

Let’s continue our discussion on equipment leasing. Last time, I gave a broad overview on the two major lease types, and then a bunch of leases that are commonly used. Today, we’ll look at the two major lease structures, and discuss the advantages of both: Let’s start with a Capital Lease. A capital lease is where the company… Read More »

Credit card rates vs. auto loan rates vs. mortgage rates… why so different???

Last time, I talked about equipment financing rates, and why banks may sometimes have a lower rate than other lenders due to the fact that the bank lessens their risk by demanding collateral and tying up accounts. So let’s stay on the rate topic and look at other types of lending, and why rates are what they are.… Read More »

What makes an equipment finance rate?

I’d like to talk a little bit about rates today. Because, in a way, a rate, particularly on equipment financing, is the “price tag” of the deal. Just as one compares prices between stores, one compares rates when shopping for equipment financing.  But it can be misleading. Here’s why: In theory, with most commercial equipment lending, all rates… Read More »

“Equipment as Collateral” – Not always as good as you think

I was asked by a friend about equipment financing and collateral and such, and he remarked “well, your loan is secured by the equipment, right?” And I answered “sometimes”. Which then prompted an explanation (I’m a great conversationalist at the party, aren’t I?) It is true that equipment financing can be similar to automobile financing in terms of… Read More »