Auto Finance Excellence | Auto Finance News - Part 3

What a new Nevada spousal credit law means for lenders

Nevada recently amended its Equal Opportunity for Credit statute to give special rights to credit applicants who do not have individual credit histories because their accounts were established in their spouses’ names. (See Nevada SB311, effective October 1, 2019). The Nevada law applies to a creditor offering any credit product in Nevada, including a finance company […]

Wells Fargo partners with nonprofit, donates vehicle to vet

Wells Fargo, in partnership with Minneapolis-based Walser Automotive Group, is sponsoring the donation of a 2019 Nissan Rouge Sport through the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Transportation4Heroes program. The vehicle will go to an undisclosed retired Marine Corps veteran today at the Minnesota State Fair at 3 p.m. ET. This is the second straight year Wells Fargo […]

Financial institutions drop the ball on diversity

Megabanks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo, are still lagging when it comes to diversity and inclusion, the House Financial Services Committee found. An analysis of diversity data from 2015 to the present provided by the nation’s eight largest banks found that although the financial institutions are making progress, “there is still much to do,” the committee […]

5 strategies to beef up cybersecurity

As financial institutions turn to digital infrastructure for scalability and data processing, the need for a robust cybersecurity framework is more vital than ever. However, defending against a pervasive and hidden threat can be challenging. “Too often we have a narrow definition of cybersecurity,” said Bill DeLong, Security National Automotive Acceptance Co.‘s senior vice president and chief […]

Startup lender reveals strategy to disrupt auto finance [Podcast]

How do you measure risk for consumers without long credit histories in the U.S.? That’s the question Amitay Kalmar confronted when he founded Boston-based Lendbuzz in 2016. Three years later, Lendbuzz is carving out a share of potential auto loan customers by leveraging machine learning and data analytics. The startup lender targets foreign-born residents, such […]

Court decision muddles proposed FDCPA rule

A ruling from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals could complicate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed guidelines for the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act as it relates to electronic validation notices, Chris Willis, a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, told Auto Finance News. “[The decision] is throwing a fly in the CFPB’s ointment for […]

5 lessons to learn from software vendor data breach

According to a June 12 settlement announced by the Federal Trade Commission, back in 2015 an employee of Iowa-based LightYear Dealer Technologies, the parent company of DealerBuilt, plugged in a storage device to the company’s backup network in order to increase storage capacity.  However, the employee failed to ensure that the device was securely configured, thereby […]
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