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Federal Reserve amends stress test model for auto loan losses

The Federal Reserve has changed the way it calculates estimated auto loan losses in the 2019 Dodd-Frank Act stress test, according to the Supervisory Stress Test Results published last week. Specifically, the Federal Reserve enhanced the probability of default component and the loss-given default component. The report notes that these adjustments change the way certain […]

KBRA Withdraws Ratings as Honor Finance Securitization Winds Down

Honor Finance’s 2016 securitization has been withdrawn from Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s surveillance after being paid in full, the rating agency announced this week. The transaction had suffered two downgrades since July 2018, a month before the defunct company transferred its servicing to Westlake Portfolio Management. On June 17, servicer Westlake Portfolio Management exercised its […]

Auto Outstandings Grow 30% YOY at 5 Largest Credit Unions

Auto outstandings at the nation’s five largest credit unions increased year over year, totaling $32.5 billion last year compared with $25.2 billion in 2017, according to Big Wheels Auto Finance Data 2019.  No. 1-ranked Navy Federal Credit Union notched a 9.1% increase last year in its auto portfolio, to $13.8 billion. Among the nation’s top […]

Subprime loan losses decline in prime securitizations

Fresh data from DBRS shows that subprime loans securitized with mostly prime issuance outperform subprime loans in mostly subprime securitizations, according to the rating agency’s Figures on Automotive Securitization Tapes (FAST) report published last week. An issuer’s ABS transaction is categorized as a prime or subprime shelf based on the weighted-average Fico of each securitized […]

Nissan dealership fined $2.8M for loan defaults

A federal judge has allowed Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. to repossess 90 vehicles valued at $2.8 million from a dealership the captive sued for defaulting on loans and selling vehicles out of trust.  Helena, Mont.-based Robert Allen Nissan received loans from NMAC to purchase new and used vehicles for its inventory. Under the terms of […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • July 15, 2019
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Subprime loan losses decline in prime securitizations

Fresh data from DBRS shows that subprime loans securitized with mostly prime issuance outperform subprime loans in mostly subprime securitizations, according to the rating agency’s Figures on Automotive Securitization Tapes (FAST) report published last week. An issuer’s ABS transaction is categorized as a prime or subprime shelf based on the weighted-average Fico of each securitized […]

Off-lease volume to peak this year

The volume of off-lease vehicles returning to market is expected to peak at 4.1 million this year and again in 2020, Jonathan Smoke, Cox Automotive’s chief economist, said in the second-quarter Used Vehicle Value Index conference call. “Off-lease maturities grew by 1.7 million units between 2014 and 2018,” Smoke said. “This year, we expect the […]

Wells Fargo settles TCPA claims with $18M payout

Regulators have approved Wells Fargo’s $17.85 million deal to settle lawsuits accusing the bank of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a law designed by Congress to protect consumers from receiving unwanted communications without prior consent.  Wells Fargo has agreed to pay a nationwide class of 440,000 consumers who claim they received automated calls from […]

Bart Reagor fights back against Ford Credit

Bart Reagor, former co-owner of Reagor-Dykes Auto Group, is fighting back against Ford Credit Co. in the court of public opinion, which has resulted in a delay of a final judgment, Wayne Dolcefino, founder of Dolcefino Consulting, told Auto Finance News. The case — which has been postponed until Oct. 7 — will move to […]
  • Joey Pizzolato
  • July 12, 2019
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Lenders likely to withstand threat of aging vehicles, analysts say

The average vehicle age in the U.S. continues to climb, yet lenders have little to worry about, analysts said. The average age of light vehicles in operation has risen to 11.8 years, thanks to better technology and overall vehicle quality improvements, Mark Seng, director of IHS Markit‘s global automotive aftermarket practice, said in a press […]

Auto ABS heats up with $4.7B of issuance

A handful of prime and subprime securitizers pumped up ABS volume this week, bringing $4.7 billion of loans and leases to market, according to presale reports from S&P Global Ratings.  Auto ABS volume totaled $61.3 billion as of July 8, up 12.7% year over year, according to data from JPMorgan Securities. On the prime side, […]

Credit Acceptance stock closes in on $500 per share

In Credit Acceptance Corp.’s first day of trading on June 5, 1992, the stock closed at $2.71 per share. Fast forward 17 years, and the subprime lender’s stock price is nearing the $500-per-share mark. In its first decade of trading, CAC’s stock averaged $11.43 per share. It crossed the $20 mark in 1995 and the […]
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