Commercial Finance Association Education Foundation Releases Inaugural Secured Lending Confidence Index

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Results Indicate a Positive View of the Economy Over the Next Quarter

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The Commercial Finance Association Education Foundation today released its inaugural Secured Lending Confidence Index “SLCI”. The index reflects prevailing business conditions and is a broad-based leading indicator of vitality in the U.S. middle market. The SLCI surveys leaders of commercial finance companies who provide secured loans used to finance ongoing operations, expansion and recapitalization of mid-market companies, according to Richard D. Gumbrecht, CEO of the Commercial Finance Association.

“These outcomes demonstrate that demand for capital to finance operations is strong,” said CFA Education Foundation Executive Director, Greg Slowik, “both currently and looking down the road.” Jennifer Palmer, President of Gerber Finance, a CFA member organization, commented, “It strikes me that the results of the five questions indicate that the market is expected to improve and lenders have strong favorable views about their respective institution’s role in the increased demand for lending opportunities. Insight into lenders’ outlook on the market like this is always helpful in our strategizing and budgeting.”

The SLCI measures 5 dimensions of anticipated activity over the coming three months including overall business conditions, portfolio performance, demand for new business, client utilization and hiring expectations. Respondents indicated the most optimism for new business demand followed by business conditions overall, both positive indicators for the U.S. economy. The SLCI will be conducted quarterly.

About the Commercial Finance Association
Founded in 1944, the Commercial Finance Association is the international trade organization representing the asset-based lending, factoring, trade and supply chain finance industries, with nearly 250 member organizations throughout the U.S., Canada and around the world. CFA provides education, networking opportunities and industry advocacy to the global commercial finance community.

About the CFA Education Foundation
The mission of the CFA Education Foundation is to cultivate education, innovation and charitable works for the betterment of the Commercial Finance community. As a separate entity from the Commercial Finance Association, the CFA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that funds crucial initiatives benefiting secured lenders worldwide.

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Michele Ocejo, Director of Communications
Commercial Finance Association Finance Association, (212) 792-9396

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