Equities First Holdings is a lending company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which provides securities-based lending to individuals with sufficient collateral. The company makes it possible for individuals to obtain capital much more quickly and easily than through traditional banks by providing margin and stock-based loans.
Margin and stock-based loans are similar, but there are a few important differences. Both loans are unconventional in that they are not credit-based in the same way as a regular loan. In a stock loan, a borrower is effectively borrowing shares of stock, not money, and the lender charges a fee, whereas in a margin loan the institution lends the investor actual money. Stock-based are often used for short sale transactions. Stock-based loans have some important advantages. As a general rule, they offer a higher loan-to-value (LTR) ratio and have a fixed interest rate, making them less volatile. In addition, stock loans are often non-purpose loans, meaning there are no restrictions on how the money is used. They are also typically non-recourse loans, allowing the borrower to walk away from the loan at any time. Moreover, stock-based loans are not subject to margin calls.
Founded in 2002, Equities First Holdings provides loans against stocks on exchanges all over the world, with over $1.4 billion in transactions. Led by CEO and President Al Christy Jr., the company maintains offices in 9 cities, including London, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Singapore.
EFH recently acquired the London-based firm Meridian Equity Partners Limited. EFH’s expansion is due to the record growth it is experiencing on the heels of the global economic recovery. When EFH acquired Meridian in 2014, the company had experienced annual increases of 30% in closed transactions. With banks implementing far more stringent lending guidelines since the financial collapse, EFH helps high-net-worth individuals the raise capital they need.
For more information http://www.equitiesfirst.com/