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Extended-Term Contracts Lower Credit Quality in Bank of the West Securitization

Extended-term contracts, an increased loan-to-value ratio, and a rise in the number of loans with lower Fico scores are responsible for weakened credit quality in Bank of the West’s $764 million auto trust securitization — the bank’s first of the year — according to a Fitch Ratings’ presale report. The average term of loans securitized […]

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 […]

3 Themes to Watch in April

Last month, compliance and operations stories dominated the ranks as Auto Finance News’ most-read March stories. Below are AFN's top three themes to monitor, as determined by the six most-read stories in March. TCPA Settlements As the auto regulatory environment continues to heat up with stiffer oversight on both state and federal levels, TCPA settlements […]

Retouching Operations: Bank of the West Adds to Its Financing Palette

From the March issue: Despite a recent industrywide rise in auto loan delinquencies, one legacy prime lender is expanding its product set to satisfy dealer partners. “We needed to reinvent our business model,” Bank of the West Executive Vice President of Personal Finance Michael Pereira told Auto Finance News. “Bank of the West has a […]

Bank of the West Seeks to Build Out Floorplan Portfolio

Boosting floorplan financing volume is top of mind for Bank of the West, Michael Pereira, the bank’s executive vice president and head of personal finance, told Auto Finance News. “The flooring is very much integrated within our [retail] program,” Pereira said, adding that the lender is making strides to better connect with and service dealer […]

Bank of the West to Launch Dealer Portal by Yearend

San Francisco-based Bank of the West is making investments to strengthen dealer relationships. At the top of the priority list is a dealer portal, slated for release by yearend. “We continue to invest in the dealer interface,” Executive Vice President of Personal Finance Michael Pereira told AFN. “We need to be engaging with our dealers […]
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