Although Equities First Holdings owes most of its success to the increasing popularity of stock-based loans it rise to the top was also complimented by some good business decisions. Two to be precise. In 2013 the company partnered with Meridian to expand into Asia, and in 2014 the company was acquired allowing it to open branches in the U.S. and Australia. For those unfamiliar with Equities First Holdings the company is an alternative lender that specializes in stock-based loans. Stock loans use stocks as collateral. They are easier to qualify for as the loan amounts are influenced by the value of the stocks. They also offer better options, fixed interest, and lower rates than traditional credit-backed loans. Their accessibility has allowed them to grow very popular and EFH has emerged as the top dog in various markets. Presently, EFH is headquartered in Indianapolis. It is a veteran of over 900 major transactions and handles over a billion dollars in funds.