Update | Auto Finance News - Part 3

Proposed FTC Amendments May Impede Lenders’ Use of Aggregators

Proposed Federal Trade Commission amendments to a rule governing consumer data protection “could significantly affect the activities and contracting process” between lenders and lead aggregators, said Quyen Truong, a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. If the amendments are implemented, lenders will need to ensure that aggregators — which fall into the category of […]

P2P Digital Marketplace Targets Florida Expansion, CEO Says

Online buy-sell platform Tred plans to launch in Florida next quarter, on the heels of its February expansion into four Texas cities, said Chief Executive Grant Feek. Though Feek declined to disclose which Florida cities the company is targeting, he noted that Tred typically chooses densely populated areas, like Miami, for example. The company, which […]

JPMorgan Chase Taps Blockchain Technology to Create Cryptocurrency

JPMorgan Chase & Co. expects its newly created cryptocurrency to speed payment processes between institutions and, potentially, auto dealerships. The currency, called JPM Coin, is a 1:1 fiat currency and will be issued over the bank’s proprietary blockchain technology. “It’s still early, but [blockchain and JPM Coin] could be great for our dealers and common […]

AI-Supplemented Underwriting Likely to Bump Up Tricolor Originations

Tricolor Auto Acceptance has seen a lift in origination capabilities since integrating an artificial intelligence algorithm into its underwriting model last month. Chief Executive Daniel Chu expects the algorithm, which hones the company’s customer segmentation abilities, will contribute about 3% of the anticipated 25% origination volume increase expected for 2019. That 3% growth translates to […]

Tricolor Targets New Customers Based on Google Search Patterns

Tricolor Auto Acceptance has implemented Google’s AdWord advertising platform to attract its “very specific consumer” online, Chief Executive Daniel Chu told Auto Finance News. “We have the ability to align marketing and risk,” he said of the new digital strategy that analyzes specific terms searched on Google to reach the no-file and thin-file Hispanic consumers […]

Amazon Investment in Electric OEM Paves Way for ‘Limitless’ Mobility Potential, Analyst Says

Amazon’s $700 million investment in electric OEM Rivian is a potential step by the retail giant to launch a mobility service that would supplement its delivery platform, said Grayson Brulte, a consultant with Brulte & Co. “I think it’s limitless where Amazon takes it,” Brulte told Auto Finance News. “There’s a lot of money to be made in niches. Do they […]

How Daimler-BMW’s $1.1B Mobility Venture May Affect Finance Operations

Despite Daimler AG and BMW Group’s $1.1 billion investment in a mobility and ride-hailing joint venture, the companies’ captives will continue to operate as competitors. “The core business with vehicles will remain unaffected, and the competition in the premium market will be maintained,” Daimler Financial Services spokesman James Ryan told Auto Finance News. “This also […]
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