5 Ways Lenders Should Leverage Advertising to Bolster Origination Volume

With consumer confidence at an 18-year high, and retail sales for the holiday season expected to be 4.1% higher than last year, advertising a new car in the driveway with a bow on top might be more effective than ever for moving vehicle inventory at year-end. This, in turn, could lead to higher auto loan and […]
  • Sagent Lending Technologies
  • December 5, 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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Kraninger Nomination Advances in Senate

November 29, 2018 The Senate this afternoon invoked cloture on the nomination of Kathy Kraninger as the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP). The 50 – 49 vote ends debate on the nomination and sets up a final vote sometime after December 4. AFSA strongly supports President Trump‘s nomination for the Director’s […]
  • American Financial Services Association
  • November 30, 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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From Profitability to Viability, Execs Weigh In on Subscription Services [VIDEO]

OEMs are still trying to crack the code of profitability and consumer interest in subscription services. Leading providers in the space weighed in on this relatively new method of car utilization, in a session at the 18th Annual Auto Finance Summit. Mason McLead, vice president of engineering at car-as-a-service company Fair, defined a subscription as […]
  • Monica Melton
  • November 15, 2018
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Interest Rates Will Weigh Down Auto Sector Despite Strong Consumer Sentiment [VIDEO]

Comerica Bank’s Chief Economist and SVP Robert Dye expects that the U.S. economy could be headed for a “fiscal cliff” 2020. Despite a somewhat confident consumer segment, the weight of interest rates on the auto industry will soon take effect. When it comes to consumers, “It is the best of times and the worst of […]
  • Monica Melton
  • November 12, 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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