Risk | Auto Finance News - Part 4

Regions Bank to Exit Indirect Lending Space [FULL DETAILS]

Regions Bank has set the wheels in motion to shutter its indirect auto lending business, Auto Finance News has learned. The Birmingham, Ala.-based bank will continue to originate direct auto loans. “We informed the dealers and sent out a notice to them on Jan. 14,” Tom Lazenby, senior vice president and line of business executive […]

Regions Bank to Exit Indirect Lending Space

Regions Bank has set the wheels in motion to shutter its indirect auto lending business, Auto Finance News has learned. The Birmingham, Ala.-based bank will continue to originate direct auto loans. “We informed the dealers and sent out a notice to them on Jan. 14,” Tom Lazenby, senior vice president and line of business executive […]

Borrowers Granted Extensions Four Times More Likely to Repay Loans, KBRA Finds

Despite Honor Finance’s previous unorthodox loan extension practices, new research by Kroll Bond Rating Agency maintains that loan extensions remain a viable loss-mitigation tool for securitization servicers. "In moderation, extensions are a very useful tool — they maximize cash flow to the ABS trust," Brian Ford, senior director of structured finance research at KBRA, told Auto […]

Regulation Lags Behind Alt-Data Usage

LAS VEGAS – Lenders that use alternative data for underwriting should tread carefully until regulation has a chance to catch up, said executives at a securitization conference yesterday. “We want to support business and don’t want to stifle innovation, but we have to move in a measured way,” Rostin Behnam, commissioner of the Commodity Futures […]

Seasoned Loans Outperform Unseasoned Loans in Subprime Securitizations — Eventually

Fresh research from Kroll Bond Rating Agency shows that, contrary to popular belief, seasoning may not be the most accurate indicator of a subprime loan’s performance. Data from KBRA’s Subprime Auto Loan ABS report published Thursday illustrates that "very seasoned" subprime loans — those with 48 months of payment history — exhibited higher net losses […]

GM Financial Joins Startup Blockchain Network for Fraud Prevention

General Motors Financial Co. is turning to blockchain technology from Spring Labs to strengthen fraud prevention and detection capabilities. Spring Labs, which counts GM Financial as its “cornerstone partner” in the auto finance space, is building a blockchain-based network of finance and technology companies, company Founder and Chief Executive Adam Jiwan told Auto Finance News. […]

How Frightening Are Subprime Auto Loans?

One of the lasting legacies of the financial crisis is the market’s tendency to take any sign of bad news and frame it in the context of 2008. Collateralized loan obligations, for instance, have been deemed scary because of similarities to the collateralized debt obligations that were riddled with bad mortgages. Now, auto loans are under the microscope. […]
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