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Senators Urge Regulatory Oversight of AI to Prevent Discrimination

As auto lenders increasingly turn to technology like artificial intelligence to improve business practices, two senators are pressing regulators to ensure anti-discrimination laws keep up with the innovation. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) sent a letter to the leaders of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of […]

CFPB Broadens Scope of Financial Education Tool

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau expanded the audience of its virtual financial education tool, called Misadventures in Money Management, to include all active service members. When launched in 2016, the tool was developed for future service members who had not yet been shipped off to basic military training. Last week, the bureau widened the audience […]

Consumer Advocates Call on Regulators to Clamp Down on Discriminatory Auto Lending

Consumer advocates proposed prohibiting dealer markups and increasing federal oversight to combat alleged discriminatory indirect lending practices, in a U.S. House Committee on Financial Services hearing Wednesday. “Many of the disparities we will discuss here today are only possible because the market for cars — especially car finance for used cars — is opaque and […]

CFPB Asks Congress for Authority on Military Lending Act Compliance

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger issued a legislative proposal to Congress on Thursday asking for authority to supervise compliance with the Military Lending Act.  The move by Kraninger is another step to reverse policies implemented by predecessor Mick Mulvaney, who had announced in August 2018 that the bureau would scrap supervisory examinations of […]

Auto Finance News’ 4 People to Watch in 2019

A number of auto manufacturers, finance operations, and government bodies have new people at the helm, ready to leave their marks. The following are AFN editors’ picks for 4 people to watch in 2019: Kathy Kraninger Kathy Kraninger succeeded Mick Mulvaney as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in December 2018. Kraninger’s first official move […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • January 4, 2019
  • Strategy

Santander Settles SEC Claims of Improper Auto Loan Accounting

Santander Consumer USA is paying a $1.5 million fine to settle claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission over the lender’s accounting for troubled subprime loans. The SEC charged that for at least eight reporting periods, from 2014 to 2016, Santander Consumer USA  failed to calculate and report its credit loss allowance for certain impaired […]

Kraninger Scraps CFPB Name Change

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is keeping its name after Director Kathy Kraninger determined a change would be too costly for lenders, she wrote in an email to the bureau staff this week. In her first official move as the CFPB’s new director, Kraninger has halted her predecessor’s efforts to change the agency’s name to […]
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