Risk | Auto Finance News - Part 5

Wells Fargo Seeks Approval of $394M Settlement

Wells Fargo & Co. and National General Insurance Co. will reconvene at the U.S. District Court of Santa Ana, Calif., on July 8 for preliminary approval on a proposed $393.5 million settlement, according to a court filing published yesterday. Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $386 million and National General will pay $7.5 million in […]

Lengthening Loan Terms a Concern for ‘Healthy’ Subprime ABS Market

PLANO, Texas — The growing popularity of loan terms over 60 months is a concern for the subprime auto securitization market, Amy Martin, senior director of structured finance at S&P Global Ratings, said at the Nonprime Auto Finance Conference last week. “We’re concerned about the lengthening of loan terms because that could lead to a […]

Tariffs Continue to Rattle Auto Industry

PLANO, Texas — The threat of tariffs on Mexican imports could have lasting implications for new-vehicle prices and vehicle value depreciation, said Cox Automotive’s Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke at the Nonprime Auto Finance Conference yesterday. “Tariffs will be very detrimental to the market, leading to higher prices and fewer vehicles sold — essentially causing the […]

Influx of Off-Lease SUVs Applies ‘Downward Pressure’ on Residual Values

Amid the growing popularity of SUVs, an influx of off-lease vehicles returning to the market could impair residual values, David Paris, supervisor of market intelligence at JD Power, told Auto Finance News. So far this year, off-lease volume has increased 7.7% year over year, according to JD Power data. “We’re anticipating used supply to peak […]
  • Joey Pizzolato
  • June 5, 2019
  • Risk

Changes in Transportation Models a Greater Threat Than Economic Downturn, CPS CFO Says

While a looming economic downturn has prompted auto financiers to find strategies to protect profit margins, Consumer Portfolio Services Chief Financial Officer Jeff Fritz said lenders should be thinking about how the personal transportation model is transforming. “Don’t be so occupied stamping out the ants that you miss the elephants coming over the wall,” Fritz warned […]

CFPB Innovation ‘Sandbox’ Likely to Fuel State AG Enforcement

SAN DIEGO — Companies that participate in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed innovation-focused “sandbox” rules to spur innovation may be penalized by state attorneys general, lawyers said at the Auto Finance Innovation Summit last week. The CFPB released proposals earlier this year meant to encourage innovation in the consumer financial services space by allowing […]

What Creditors Should Know About Co-Debtors in Chapter 13 Consumer Bankruptcies

Auto lenders must have a basic familiarity with the consumer bankruptcy process. An essential component of any consumer bankruptcy is the automatic stay. The “automatic stay” is the name of the injunction that arises automatically upon the filing of any bankruptcy. The stay prevents lenders from, among other things, seeking to collect on a debt […]

CPS Bumps Up Dealer Contract Prices to Protect Cost of Funds, CFO Says

SAN DIEGO — Consumer Portfolio Services is increasing contract prices to dealer partners “a couple of bucks” to preserve cost of funds in advance of a looming downturn, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Fritz said at the Auto Finance Risk Summit this month. “If my margins are getting squeezed because the cost […]
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