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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Early Evidence of a Down June

Reports are coming in today that suggest June will be a down month for car sales in the United States. According to estimates, the SAAR for the month could be 2.3% to 3.6% lower. Here’s an excerpt from the LMC Automotive/J.D. Power forecast via Seeking Alpha: The LMC Automotive/J.D. Power forecast is for a 2.3% […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • June 27, 2017
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Signs of Further Market Decline

The rumblings around a deterioration in the auto lending sector have gotten louder. This morning the Federal Reserve published its bimonthly Beige Book report on regional economic activity, and it displays cracks in the auto finance facade. Regional Fed banks report tightening credit in various pockets around the nation. For example, the New York Fed […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • June 2, 2017
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Is That the Smell of Compounding Risk?

If you only looked at GM Financial’s origination volume last week, you would think auto finance was continuing on its boom-time ways. GMF grew its North American originations 19% last quarter to around $11 billion, according to company earnings released last Friday. Sing Hallelujah! Well, don’t lose your voice yet. There is a wellspring of heightening […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • May 4, 2017
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One for the Record Books

It is hard to avoid gaping at the performance of the auto industry in 2016. “Wow” just doesn’t seem to do justice to the record sales year. The 17.6 million new cars sold last year did not just top the 2015 total. Yes, analysts had projected another record year in 2016, but predictions are just […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • January 5, 2017
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Hints of an Auto Lending Plateau

These have been the best of times. Auto lending over the past few years has hit new highs, buoyed by vibrant car sales. It would be tough to find an auto finance venture that hasn’t benefited from the strong SAARs in recent years. As an example, by the end of last year JPMorgan Chase & Co. reported […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • August 29, 2016
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