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Testing the resiliency of auto ABS

The auto asset-backed securities market continues to attract investors — even from overseas. While market headwinds brought on by lengthening loan terms, trade disagreements and a potential economic downturn test the market’s resilience, closer examination of the auto ABS structure proves the strength of these bonds in the face of adversity. In fact, investor appetite […]

SoftBank said to be behind Fair’s downsizing decision

SoftBank, the lead investor in the subscription app Fair, is likely driving Fair to downsize as investors question current mobility business models, sources told Auto Finance News.  Yesterday, it was determined that Fair, which provides an automotive subscription service, would cut more than 40% of its workforce, including its chief financial officer. SoftBank -- a […]

Reconciling refunds: Why aftermarket products became an afterthought

From the July issue: State and federal regulators are ratcheting up enforcement of ancillary product refunds. In the past few years, auto lenders have faced heightened scrutiny related to the percentage of consumers buying ancillary products, how the products are offered, and what disclosures are provided. But compliance examinations of late have veered in another […]

AFS speaker roster expands

The speaker faculty at the 2019 Auto Finance Summit is heating up with a fresh slate of executives.  Top-tier executives from Chase Auto, Consumer Portfolio Services, GM Financial, USAA Bank, and Westlake Financial Services, among others, will delve into innovations — and challenges — making waves in the industry. The three-day event is loaded with […]

Sparking Connections: How Tech Alliances Are Firing Up Lenders

Slowing vehicle sales and the potential for a market downturn have lit a spark among lenders, technology companies, and OEMs, igniting partnerships aimed at gaining marketshare and creating solutions attainable only by way of collaboration. In January, Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG established an alliance that will likely spur the OEMs’ captives to collaborate […]

Cracking the Code: How to Manage Dealer Relations in the Digital Age

From the April issue: In auto finance, the lender-dealer relationship is one of symbiosis. Yet, in an age where technology is continually advancing, and financing is becoming faster, lenders and dealers agree that being mindful of and maintaining the human relationship is paramount to cultivating a prosperous partnership. Advances in technology — machine learning, artificial […]