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Santander Uses AI to Triage Cybersecurity Threats

Difficulty pinpointing the source of a data breach is often to blame for the lag between perpetration and detection of fraud, said Santander Consumer USA Chief Information Security Officer Harold Gonzales at AFSA’s Vehicle Finance Conference. “It’s not like we have a dashboard and one big red light goes off and we all chase after […]

Santander Originations Climb 59% Amid Discussions With FCA

Santander Consumer USA drove up auto originations 59% year over year amid discussions around "optimizing" its current contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group, SCUSA Chief Executive Scott Powell said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call this week. “We continue to operate under [the] existing contract,” Powell said during the call. “Our discussions with Chrysler are […]

5 Trends to Watch: 2019 Promises to be an Interesting Year

From the January issue: The pace of U.S. growth is expected to slow, according to most economists, who also think interest rates will rise. There is uncertainty about tariffs and, beyond the economic factors, the race between different lenders, dealers, and manufacturers to overhaul products and services is picking up. But perhaps the biggest challenge […]

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 […]

2019 Survival Guide: How Lenders Are Planning for the Year Ahead

From the January issue: 2018 was a strong year for auto finance as delinquency rates dropped, the economy grew, and consumer demand remained high. However, the new year finds lenders and analysts bracing for an economic slowdown. But that’s not the only worry. New-car purchases are lagging, according to Manheim’s November data, which has new-vehicle sales […]

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 […]

BMO Harris Auto Chief Outlines Growth for AutoGravity Partnership

BMO Harris Bank is accepting online auto loan applications in California thanks to a newly inked partnership with AutoGravity, with plans to expand its online business eastward in 2019. “Primarily [the loan applications are] just from the West Coast now, and we anticipate that as the relationship [with AutoGravity] grows, we’ll see a movement more […]

Santander Settles CFPB Allegations of Loan, GAP Misrepresentation

Santander Consumer USA has finalized an agreement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to pay a $2.5 million fine and more than $9 million in restitution, according to a consent order filed by the bureau on Tuesday. Nearly a year after speculation surfaced of a possible consent order, Santander is finally settling November 2017 allegations […]
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