Why Finance Companies Are Using Verification Tools at Record Levels

Reading some of the headlines from major media outlets, it might seem as though auto finance companies didn’t understand the importance of verifying income and employment information provided by applicants. Everything was written from auto finance companies being fraudsters to the auto industry being the harbinger for the next recession. However, the headlines largely got […]
  • American Financial Services Association
  • October 1, 2018
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BHPH Lender Tricolor Promotes ‘Graduation’ Into Higher Credit Tiers

Most lenders would like to win the consumer’s business and have them coming back for their next loan, but used-car retailer Tricolor is hoping to prop up its subprime consumers and get them into higher credit tiers by the time they need to apply for a new loan. Tricolor is a retailer and buy-here-pay-here lender that works […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • September 26, 2018
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A Renewed Call for an FHA for Auto Financing

Last year was a record low year for deep-subprime lending. This, despite the fact that overall auto finance originations climbed more than 5%. In other words, even though auto finance expanded overall, auto finance for the deep-subprime sector did not. To put it another way, the lending expansion stopped short at Ficos of 500 or […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • April 27, 2018
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How Warm Is Your Welcome?

The most successful auto servicers know the welcome call is more than just a formality to perform when a new account comes on board. It is the first opportunity to delight and engage borrowers with your brand, capture and share information, and promote the services you provide. For a typical borrower, it is the start […]
  • Sagent Lending Technologies
  • July 31, 2017
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Why Lenders Should Take Advantage of Alternative Data

There was some variation in what data was considered alternative, according to FactorTrust’s Alternative Data Survey Results. Overall, the definition of alternative data was quite unanimous as “credit related data not found on the traditional three credit reports,” according to the June survey. For example, FactorTrust, LexisNexis, Clarity, TransUnion L2C, TransUnion TLO, Equifax, The Work Number (Verification […]
  • Huixin Deng
  • July 11, 2017
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Sound the Credit Quality Alarm

It’s time to sound the alarm. Weakness has taken hold of the credit quality within securitized subprime auto assets. Deutsche Bank reported today that year-over-year delinquencies and net loss rates for subprime are up noticeably. Specifically, on a year-over-year basis subprime 60-plus day delinquencies climbing 65 basis points, and the annualized net loss rate rising 114 […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • June 15, 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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CREDIT: Delinquencies Rise, Lenders Tighten Credit

Subprime 60-plus-day delinquencies declined to 4.28% in February, compared with 5.09% in January, according to S&P Global. Year over year, however, February subprime delinquencies were up 14% over the same month a year prior. “Generally, delinquencies decline from January to February due to tax refunds and this pattern played out again this past year,” S&P wrote […]
  • Cody Lyon
  • April 12, 2017
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Credit Unions Look to Improve, Post 2016 Origination Growth

Credit unions, as a collective group, grew auto loan origination volume by about 7% in 2016, while all other loan providers — captives, banks, finance companies, and buy here pay here locations — saw volumes decline year over year, according to Michael Cochrum, vice president of analytics and advisory services at CU Direct. Those increased […]
  • William Hoffman
  • March 14, 2017
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