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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 […]

Longer-term loans weigh down USAA securitization

Nearly two-thirds of the loans in USAA’s first asset-backed securitization of the year have terms longer than 60 months — a first for the company, according to a Moody’s Investors Service pre-sale report published Tuesday. In the $503 million transaction, 64% of loans have an original term greater than 60 months, which is the highest proportion of […]

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 […]

Slowing Inventory Turnover Reduces Floorplan ABS Payment Rates

As vehicles idle on dealers’ lots, auto lenders face slower repayment of their floorplan loans. Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., for one, has been in breach of a floorplan trigger since February, when its three-month payment rate dropped below 35%. As such, NMAC had to increase credit enhancement levels in its floorplan trust. Ally Financial, Ford […]

Fifth Third Returns to Securitization Market With $1.3B Transaction

Fifth Third Bank’s latest $1.37 billion offering marks the bank’s return to the auto ABS market after a two-year hiatus. The 2019-1 transaction will be Fifth Third’s first auto securitization since the prime lender issued a $1 billion offering in September 2017. While the two transactions share similarities, there are distinctions to be made in […]

Weaker Credit Quality Spurs Higher Loss Forecast for Exeter Securitization

Moody's Investor Service bumped up cumulative net loss expectations 1% in Exeter Finance’s most recent securitization to offset the weaker credit quality of the underlying loans. The weighted average credit score for the $572.9 million transaction was 556, “the lowest Fico seen in recent transactions,” said Moody’s Senior Credit Officer Daniela Jayesuria of the securitization slated […]

Losses on Track to Improve in Santander’s Latest Securitization

Santander Consumer USA‘s first asset-backed securitization of the year is on track for lower losses relative to prior pools, despite higher loan-to-value ratios and a smaller percentage of new vehicles in the pool, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s assigned a 24% cumulative net loss expectation to the $1.2 billion transaction, which is slated to […]

Residual Values Are Risk Factor in BMW Financial’s First Auto Lease ABS of 2018

BMW Financial Services of North America issued its first U.S. auto lease ABS of 2018 backed by a pool of outstanding lease receivables totaling $1.16 billion, according to presale reports. The new securitization is comprised of 33,670 prime auto lease receivables with an average FICO score of 789 and maximum lease term of 36 months, according […]
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