Risk Factors to Watch in 2019

Joe Cioffi chairs the insolvency, creditors’ rights, and financial products practice group at New York law firm Davis & Gilbert.  He recently spoke with Auto Finance News about the risks factors to watch in 2019. An edited version of the interview follows. Auto Finance News: What’s the outlook for auto finance companies? JC: Lenders should […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • January 2, 2019
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Veros Credit’s Legal Chief Urges Lenders to Stay the Course on Compliance

Nonprime lender Veros Credit LLC is seeing lenders pull back compliance initiatives amid the current deregulatory environment, Chief Legal Officer Robert Tennant told Auto Finance News. “Lenders may think, ‘Can we relax a little bit? Can we focus on other areas of business?’ I think the answer is no,” he said. “I don’t see the […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • December 20, 2018
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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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Is Disparate Impact Dead?

Don’t write off disparate impact just yet. Sorry to say it, but that’s where I am on the issue. After the then Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (now Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection) announced in December 2016 that it would be turning its attention from disparate impact claims in auto finance, the auto-world rejoiced. The joy […]
  • Michael Benoit
  • October 31, 2018
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The Story Behind NMAC’s $40M Auto Financing Settlement

Auto finance is risky. It can also be very bizarre. The recent lawsuit between Nissan Motors Acceptance Corporation and a group of New York-based Nissan and Infinity dealers is an example. In this unfortunate situation, it took just 10 months for NMAC to find itself a whopping $30 million deep with a new client before […]
  • Josh Wortman
  • October 22, 2018
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 Beyond Hallman Chevrolet: How Dealership Fraud Abuses Lenders and Consumers

Recently, Hallman Chevrolet in Erie, Pa. was fined $2.1 million when it admitted to a fraud scheme that involved inflating the price of vehicles sold to subprime consumers. However, the issue of price inflation (one might call it “power booking” or “price gouging”) happens widely. Attempts to inflate price at the time of sale by […]
  • Josh Wortman
  • October 15, 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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