Westlake zeroes in on under-used tech

With autonomous vehicles, machine learning, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk attempting to merge people’s brains with AI (yes, that is a real thing), some lenders are still struggling to get dealers on board with basic tech tools. For Westlake Financial Services’s Mark Vazquez, senior vice president of marketing, the most under-utilized tool in auto finance […]
  • Bianca Chan
  • July 19, 2019
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An inside look at 2 new credit scoring models

Ever since the concept of loaning money was conceived, lenders have been trying to find the ideal way to predict who will pay them back and who will default. Over time, methods for evaluating the likelihood of borrower repayment progressed from individual human judgment calls to more objective credit bureaus and reports. In the 1950s, […]
  • Mark Baltuska
  • July 18, 2019
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Fraud analytics, alt-data reduce risk for nonprime lenders

The ability to identify risk as early as possible in the loan origination process can improve portfolio performance, and lenders focused on nonprime segments have better resources than ever before to reduce loan risk. Early identification of high-risk borrowers can reduce or potentially eliminate defaults. Fraud analytics and alternative credit data — which provides a […]
  • Lana Johnson
  • July 11, 2019
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Sharpening Decisions With Alternative Data [Podcast]

Auto lenders are increasingly relying on nontraditional data as they hone underwriting to gain a competitive edge. Alternative data can open the door to unbanked and under-banked consumers, enabling lenders to extend beyond their typical customer base without assuming too much risk. “[Lenders] have to broaden their mind to incorporate alternative data,” Chuck Berend, senior […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • May 30, 2019
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Information Security Questions Every Lender Should Answer [Podcast]

Stiffer regulatory oversight of information protection practices has spurred lenders to reevaluate the way they collect and use personally identifiable consumer data. For lenders to keep up with changing data security compliance requirements, senior executives should start with creating a culture of awareness. “Maturing [information security] programs come down to leadership,” Hyundai Capital America’s VP of […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • May 6, 2019
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Five Questions With… Craig Harter of BMO Harris Bank

Five Questions With is a monthly Q&A segment on AutoFinanceExcellence.org that offers a glimpse of what senior industry executives are thinking about outside the boardroom. Read on to find out. BMO Harris Bank‘s head of U.S. indirect lending Craig Harter takes the lessons learned from his 25-year auto finance tenure and his upbringing to keep him […]
  • Bianca Chan
  • April 30, 2019
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Five Questions With… John Thacker of HCA

Five Questions With is a monthly Q&A segment on AutoFinanceExcellence.org that offers a glimpse of what senior industry executives are thinking about outside the boardroom. Read on to find out. John Thacker started his auto finance career two decades ago as a bill collector for Ford Motor Credit, and after “sitting in all the chairs” […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • February 22, 2019
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5 Questions Your Board Should Be Asking the Chief Compliance Officer

As fiduciaries, board members have a responsibility to shareholders to oversee many aspects of a company’s business, including compliance with laws and regulations. Board oversight of compliance is also an expectation of federal and state regulators. As a corporate governance advisor and a current Chief Compliance Officer, I have seen first-hand the struggles some boards […]
  • Linda Iannone
  • September 14, 2016
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