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Franchise Dealer Originations Inch Higher in Westlake’s Latest Securitization

The ratio of franchise dealer originations in Westlake Financial Services's securitizations is on an upward trajectory, according to a recent DBRS presale report.  In Westlake's most recent securitization, an $800 million transaction slated to close Feb. 20, franchise dealer originations account for 38% of the pool. By comparison, franchise originations hovered at 30% in the […]

Fitch Forecasts Subprime Auto ABS to Weaken in 2019

While prime auto lease and loan asset-backed securitizations are projected to remain stable, Fitch Ratings Agency expects the outlook for subprime auto ABS to weaken. In a 2019 consumer lending outlook, Fitch’s Senior Director of ABS Ian Rasmussen said subprime auto asset-backed securities are more vulnerable due to weaker borrower profiles and industry headwinds inflated […]

Scary Bonds From Last Crisis Were the Best Place to Hide in 2018

The securities that triggered the last financial meltdown are proving to be one of the best places to hide in this downturn. Bonds backed by loans like auto and credit-card debt have gained 1.6 percent this year through Monday, according to Bloomberg Barclays indexes. Some portions of the market for repackaged debt are doing even […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • December 27, 2018

Subprime Issuers Gain Share of ABS Market

NEW YORK — Though subprime originations have declined, “a greater share of these originations are making their way into the securitization market,” Amy Martin, senior director of structured finance ratings at S&P Global Ratings, said during the agency’s Auto Industry Hot Topics event last month. With banks reducing their loan volume, independent finance companies have […]