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Fed Triggers Third Interest Rate Cut of 2019

The Federal Reserve announced a quarter-point interest rate reduction yesterday, its third such move this year. The target federal funds rate now stand at 1.5% after starting the year at 2.25%.

More Loans, Fewer Leases for GM Financial in Q3

General Motors Financial Company Inc. reported operating lease originations for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018 at $17.3 billion, compared to $19.6 billion for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017.

LeasePlan to Offer FleetCor Fuel Cards

As part of the partnership, FleetCor will manage the back-end system processing and billing of LeasePlan’s new universal fuel card. FleetCor will also manage and provide a variety of other services for LeasePlan USA, the company stated.

The Pros and Cons of a Sale/Leaseback Program

There are a number of reasons that companies will sometimes consider a sale/leaseback program then leasing them back. Here are some serious implications to assess before making the decision.

Used Vehicles Thriving in 2018

Used-vehicle values have held strong this year. A strong economy and more efficient remarketing strategies are helping make 2018 a banner year for used-vehicle values.

Fed Reserve Approves Second Rate Hike of 2018

With the labor market continuing to strengthen and economic activity rising at a solid rate, the Federal Reserve raised the Federal Funds Rate a quarter percentage point for the second time this year — putting the target for short-term rates in the 1.75 to 2% range.

Ways to Assess Rates When Funding Vehicles

In recent years, funding strategies for fleet vehicles (including both leased and financed) has been pretty straightforward. Funding rates have been low, and have remained relatively flat. Is it time to reassess?

ARI Pushes for Open-End Leases in Europe

Technological advancements, as well as regulatory changes, may change the criteria of how fleets in Europe will decide between a closed-end or open-end model.