It’s been a busy year for the asset finance market all around Europe, and here we seek the insight from a few of the asset finance industry’s senior players as to what they saw as instrumental for the year’s events and what to expect in 2015.

Rev. Dr. K. Bill Dost managing director, D&D Leasing

Rev. Dr. K. Bill DostWhile I don’t think we can quite say that everything is perfect in the marker just yet, I would say that the leasing industry as a global business is growing at a pretty heady rate. With well over 50 funders in the UK, proclamations of the best year for fund­ings in the last six, and 21% growth over last year it certainly seems that happy times are here again. I’ve said  it before and I’ll say it again, this kind of market calls for cautious optimism because for all this good news, rates are at an all-time low, with many people battling for the same patch of earth. I think next year will have us all looking for new ground and opportunities, whether it’s through innovation (3D printing anyone?), new products, or a hold steady approach. One thing is for sure, 2015 will not be a repeat of any of 2012, 2013 or 2014. So we here at D&D Leasing will continue to do what we do best and that’s support the SME business, wherever we may find them. And maybe, just maybe this election I keep hearing about won’t have results that aren’t too terrible to bear either! | December 2014

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