CU Direct Offers Tips for Origination Growth Despite Looming Economic Downturn

Though credit unions have thrived in the current auto finance market, CU Direct is warning the 1,100 lenders on its platform to remain cautious as near-term macroeconomic factors — like rising interest rates and a potential downturn — are likely to spark additional risk factors. “[Lenders] need to increase their rates along with the [Federal […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • December 3, 2018
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Warning Signs on the Road for Auto Lenders

The warning signs are evident: a growing reliance on new, unproven loan products; a sharp spike in early delinquencies; and the collapse of a few smaller subprime lenders. Is auto lending in 2018 beginning to resemble the housing market circa 2008? Perhaps, but there are important differences. The economy is stronger than it was 10 […]
  • Matt Isaacson
  • November 28, 2018
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Westlake Exec Outlines Auto Finance Strategy for the Current Economic Cycle [VIDEO]

Technology tools will help lenders navigate and excel in the current financial cycle, said Paul Kerwin, Westlake Financial EVP and CFO, at the 18th Annual Auto Finance Summit. “For auto finance, we’re really in a new cycle and a new game,” Kerwin said. “The cycle started in 2009. Everything was pretty easy — there wasn’t […]
  • Monica Melton
  • November 20, 2018
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SunTrust’s First Female National Credit Manager Gives Three Key Lessons on Success

Renee Franck, SunTrust Dealer Finance’s national credit manager, shared with a large crowd of female professionals attending the inaugural Women in Auto Finance Luncheon on Tuesday the key lessons she learned in a career that spanned more than three decades. A lot has changed in that time. “When you went to meetings back then, you […]
  • Monica Melton
  • October 25, 2018
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HyreCar CEO Talks Going Public, Seeks Partnership With Rideshare Giant Lyft

Newly public startup HyreCar is looking to capitalize on the eightfold growth of the ride-hailing industry, which Goldman Sachs pegs at $285 billion by 2030. Since its inception in 2014, HyreCar has focused on “filling a clear gap” in the ridesharing industry, Chief Executive Joe Furnari told Auto Finance News. As a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace, […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • October 24, 2018
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Five Questions With… Renee Horne of USAA

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. Renee Horne, vice president of consumer lending at San Antonio, Texas-based USAA Bank since June 2016, leads a team responsible for providing its members’ great customer […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • October 10, 2018
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Why Lenders Should Pay Attention to the Fed’s Interest on Excess Reserves

Federal Reserve Chairman Powell’s announcement on September 26 of the Fed Funds target range increase to 2-2.25% was widely covered in the news. It was generally messaged like most rate increase announcements. That message is that its important news we were all waiting for and could now take necessary action. The truth is, this announcement […]
  • Samuel Ellis
  • October 5, 2018
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