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Beneath the surface: The lurking cybersecurity threat

Nine seconds. That’s all the time it took to hack the Department of Defense’s weapons system. Whether a government entity, a captive financier, a midsized bank, or a small credit union — every company has become dependent on a vast and expanding digital infrastructure. That infrastructure, in turn, has made businesses vulnerable to cybercriminals and […]

Financial institutions drop the ball on diversity

Megabanks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo, are still lagging when it comes to diversity and inclusion, the House Financial Services Committee found. An analysis of diversity data from 2015 to the present provided by the nation’s eight largest banks found that although the financial institutions are making progress, “there is still much to do,” the committee […]

Lease financier embarks on auto loan business

There’s a new auto finance company gearing up to enter the market. Dallas-based Musa Auto Finance, which specializes in new- and used-vehicle leasing, is taking the steps to become a full-spectrum auto lender, Founder and Chief Executive Jeff Morgan told Auto Finance News. Musa Auto Finance was created to fill a hole in the auto […]

Wells Fargo, Chase boost auto originations in 2Q

Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase recorded auto origination levels last quarter unseen in several years, according to results filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Wells Fargo Auto originated $6.3 billion of loans last quarter, up 43% year over year and up 17% from a two-year high recorded last quarter. Outstandings for the San Francisco-based bank […]

Moody’s to establish standard for quantifying cyber risk

Moody’s Corp. is working to establish a global standard for quantifying and assessing cyber risk for financial institutions. Through a joint venture with think-tank Team8, Moody’s will develop technology tools and methods to measure and analyze cyber risks facing lenders. Derek Vadala, global head of cyber risk for Moody’s, was named chief executive of the […]

Group 1 extends $1.8B syndicated credit facility

Group 1 Automotive has extended its $1.8 billion revolving syndicated credit facility with 23 financial institutions, including four captive finance companies, for another five years, according to a company release. The credit facility will expire in June 2024 and have the option to expand to $2.1 billion. It was originally set to mature in June […]

Federal Reserve amends stress test model for auto loan losses

The Federal Reserve has changed the way it calculates estimated auto loan losses in the 2019 Dodd-Frank Act stress test, according to the Supervisory Stress Test Results published last week. Specifically, the Federal Reserve enhanced the probability of default component and the loss-given default component. The report notes that these adjustments change the way certain […]
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