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Margill Loan Manager – Ageing report – with refinanced loans

Q: If a loan was refinanced and the payments revised based on the refinanced balance, can the loan account still be in arrears?  Doesn’t the refinancing and revised payments take into consideration any prior arrears?  A: Arrears are always a little tricky with refinanced outstanding amounts since a human must take a decision as to […]

Automatic Margill Loan Manager emails – Gmail managed emails (G Suite / formerly Google Apps) are blocked

Q: I have set up automatic emails in Margill Loan Manager. We use G Suite for these but when I test the email connection if get a message saying the Google blocked the app since it is a less secure app. What can be done? A: We see this once in a while when using […]

Setting up and Servicing Agricultural (Farm) Loans Efficiently

Setting up and Servicing Cash-flow adapted Agricultural (Farm) Loans Efficiently Most farmers have special needs when it comes to their loans to buy land, equipment and other farm assets because of their seasonal cash-flow and income spikes. Therefore, agricultural loan products shouldn’t be set up like conventional personal or business loans or mortgages with regular […]

Replacing LIBOR – Are you Thinking About This $200 Trillion Dollar Problem With Your Contracts?

Darren Gold, VP at UnitedLex Corp., wrote an interesting article about the London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR) which is used all over the world as the reference for a great number of loan contracts.  The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority recently declared that it would no longer require banks to submit the data that enabled LIBOR […]

Predatory Lending Practices: How “Confession of judgment” documents turned New York’s court system into a debt-collection machine…

How an obscure legal document called a “Confession of judgment” turned New York’s court system into a debt-collection machine that’s chewing up small businesses across America. Source: Bloomberg, November 20, 2018 Story by Zachary R. Mider and Zeke Faux Although not allowed in most states, a “confession of judgment” signed by the borrower allows a creditor, without proof, […]

Loan Servicing with Excel? Pitfalls and alternatives

Loan Servicing with Excel? Pitfalls and Alternatives I’m a great fan of Excel. I think it is the most important and useful software ever developed. I first started using spreadsheets many years ago with Lotus 123 which was a great tool that lost the spreadsheet war to Microsoft. Excel can be used in so many […]

A little banking humor! His name was Boudreaux…

His name was Boudreaux. He was from Cutoff, Louisiana … and he needed a loan, So……..  He walked into a bank in New York City and asked for the loan officer.  He told the loan officer that he was going to Paris for an International Cajun festival for two weeks and needed to borrow $5,000, and that he was not a […]

Intercompany Loan Management with a Loan Servicing Software

Intercompany loans Very often, when a company has many subsidiaries, branches or franchises, the head office will afford loans to these other entities. These subsidiaries in turn can lend to other entities and so forth. These intercompany loans often represent quite a challenge to the accountants and controllers since the loans are not part of […]