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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If Vehicle Subscriptions Are the Next Big Wave, What Happens When Subscribers Stop Paying?

The rise of vehicle subscription services is being hailed as a boon for commitment-phobic Americans — millennials in particular — who want a vehicle without the burden of ownership. Yet for “thin” credit bureau files — near prime and subprime consumers — the subscription model offers more than a lifestyle upgrade, it can provide a […]
  • Brandy Bissett and Jeff Hanna
  • August 13, 2018
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CREDIT: Increase in Loans, Increase in Subprime

More consumers have chosen to finance their vehicles, while lenders have dug deeper into subprime space, experts suggest. Subprime Overall, 75.6 million consumers had an auto loan in the fourth quarter 2015, according to TransUnion. The number is up 7.8% year over year – the largest YoY increase since the agency began tracking the data. […]
  • Diana Asatryan
  • February 23, 2016
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Economic Outlook for Early 2015 Dims

Business leaders looked in their collective crystal ball and saw a positive half-year ahead -- but their expectations have declined since last quarter.
  • Phil Ryan
  • December 4, 2014
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