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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Compliance Insider: Post-Election Musing

They say elections have consequences, and by all accounts, the 2018 midterms were definitely consequential. As of this writing, the Democrats have flipped 33 seats to take control of the House, effectively quashing President Donald Trump’s hopes of pushing through his legislative agenda. Republicans appear to have increased their Senate majority by two seats but […]
  • Michael Benoit
  • December 17, 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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Election Analysis: AFSA Examines the Midterm Results

The midterm elections are history and we now know that the House of Representatives will shift control to the Democrats, while the Senate will have a strengthened Republican majority.Of particular interest to AFSA members, Tuesday’s winners include the former chief of staff of the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, a mortgage company founder, […]
  • American Financial Services Association
  • November 9, 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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It’s a New Day for the CFPB

What a difference a day — or a couple of months — makes! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its five-year strategic plan in February, and boy does it paint a picture of a kinder, gentler CFPB. Well, maybe neither kind nor gentle, but I’ll settle for an agency interested in all of its stakeholders. […]
  • Michael Benoit
  • March 22, 2018
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Indirect Auto Lending: GAO Opinion Provides Clarity, But Will It Be Enforced?

A recent finding by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) could have a significant impact on the indirect auto lending industry. In December, the GAO issued an opinion declaring that a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau bulletin issued on March 21, 2013, titled “Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was a […]
  • Alexander Koskey
  • March 6, 2018
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Examining the Defense Department’s Revised Military Lending Act

If you are in the auto finance business, you cannot possibly have missed the drama percolating around the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) new interpretation of its own regulation’s purchase-money vehicle finance exclusion, which says transactions with GAP, credit insurance, or other credit-related ancillary products are not within said exclusion. Rather, those products are “consumer credit” […]
  • Michael Benoit
  • February 19, 2018
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