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Powell Signals Prolonged Fed Pause as Inflation Lags, Risks Loom

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said interest rates could be on hold for “some time” as global risks weigh on the economic outlook and inflation remains muted. “We don’t see data coming in that suggest that we should move in either direction. They suggest that we should remain patient and let the situation clarify itself […]

Credit Unions Gain Share With Bigger Risk Appetites, Dealers Say

From the February issue: Credit unions have been grabbing marketshare by dipping into lower credit scores and making more exceptions, a sampling of dealers nationwide told Auto Finance News. As a result, larger banks and other financial lending institutions are missing out on potential borrowers, dealers said. Lower Valley Credit Union and Numerica Credit Union […]

Fed Won’t Tap Brakes Until It’s Ready for a Recession

Federal Reserve watchers have spent the better part of a decade arguing about what policy normalization should look like. Last week, in response to events over the past few months, the Fed declared monetary policy more or less normalized. With the Fed seemingly out of the picture for the time being, if the economy cooperates, […]

Fed’s Dovish Pivot Flattens Remaining Rate-Hike Expectations

Chairman Jerome Powell signaled the Federal Reserve won’t raise interest rates again until inflation accelerates in a dovish pivot that left many investors betting against any further hikes in this economic expansion. Not only did central bankers drop a reference to “further gradual increases” in their statement on Wednesday, they implied the next move could […]

Used-Vehicle Values Will Climb in 2019 If Tariff Threat, Rate Hikes Persist 

December auction prices increased 4.3% year over year, bringing the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 137.6, the company announced last week. “Three-year-old vehicles ended the month worth 2% more than they would normally have been worth had typical depreciation occurred instead of the abnormal appreciation observed this summer,” said Manheim Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke. Two main factors that […]

Auto Finance Risk Summit to Examine Top Strategies for Risk Management

The auto finance market today has thrown a curveball at lenders with rising interest rates, slipping new-vehicle sales, uncertain regulations, and mounting dealership fraud. The 12th annual Auto Finance Risk Summit will delve into these issues and others of top concern for lenders. Auto Finance Risk Summit participants will gain insights on fraud risk, learn […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • January 16, 2019
  • Risk

Powell Says Fed ‘Waiting and Watching’ With Patience on Rates

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. central bank can be patient before adjusting interest rates again as it waits to see how global risks impact the domestic economy. “We’re in a place where we can be patient and flexible and wait and see what does evolve, and I think for the meantime we’re […]

Higher Interest Rates Will Likely Reduce 2019 Sales by 300,000 Units, Analyst Says

Rising interest rates will likely shave vehicle sales by 300,000 units this year, predicted Eric Lyman, senior vice president of ALG, an analytics subsidiary of TrueCar. “It’s not insignificant,” Lyman told AFN, “but not large enough to be a shock to the auto retail environment either.” A 300,000-unit sales decline in 2019 would translate to […]
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