Forum Credit Union’s Ben Wire on Lending’s Competitive Landscape

Credit unions have been increasing their share of the auto loan business. The financial organizations controlled 21.3% of the market at midyear 2018, compared with 20.3% at midyear 2017, according to Experian. But, like other lending institutions, past performance is no guarantee of continued success. Ben Wire, Forum Credit Union’s dealer division manager, recently spoke […]

Experian Integrates Alternative Credit Criteria, Increasing Lending Pool

Experian’s plan to integrate telecom and utility bill payments into credit profiles should help lenders originate loans to a broader pool of consumers, according to Greg Wright, Experian’s consumer bureau chief product officer. “Lenders can actually see [consumers’] true creditworthiness and what their real financial behavior is,” Wright told AFN. Early testing and analysis showed […]

How Lenders Can React to Negative Equity Situations

Here’s a commonly heard dialogue: Consumer #1 – “I’d like to buy a new car but I’m still upside down on this one!” Consumer #2 – “Oh don’t worry about that! You can just roll the balance into your new loan!” Consumer #1 – “Great! Let’s get started!” According to Edmunds.com, nearly 33% of car […]

Why Lenders Should Leverage Alternative Data to Assess Credit Risk

Every lender has been in the situation. A new customer with a limited credit history wants a good rate on a first-time auto loan. The numbers are lacking, but the instinct gnaws. Take the risk? Make the deal? In these situations, consider evaluating alternative data to assess credit risk. According to an Experian study fielded […]

5 Ways Lenders Should Prepare for Transition Into 2019

It’s the beginning of October and auto dealers are doing the old car/new car shuffle. Current models are moved out of the indoor spotlight and pushed to the part of the lot where they are “priced to sell.” Showy 2019 models are off-loaded from haulers and placed under those coveted spotlights. 2018 inventory exposure is […]

Credit Unions Flourish as Interest Rates Rise, Auto Count Data Shows

Credit unions are taking advantage of the rising interest rate environment as some have grown loan volumes in their state by more than 50% year over year, according to Auto Finance News’ analysis of Experian’s July AutoCount data. Namely, Security Service Federal Credit Union grew its Texas loan originations by 69% year over year to […]

Consumer Credit Scores Rise But Risks Remain, Executive Says

Nearly half of consumers saw their credit scores increase by 20 points or less this year, but subprime lenders should be cautious of the real impact it has on consumers’ ability to repay, said Damon Edmondson, chief of analytics at debt purchaser and servicing company Flock Specialty Finance. Credit scores increased by an average of […]

Captives, Banks Lag in Industry Efforts to Reduce Delinquencies

Delinquency rates are down for the auto finance industry overall, but captives and banks are showing increased rates, Melinda Zabritski, Experian’s senior director of automotive financial solutions, told Auto Finance News. Industry-wide 30-day delinquencies dropped to 2.1% of total loans outstanding in 2Q18 compared with 2.2% a year ago. Meanwhile, 60-day delinquencies fell to 0.64% from […]
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