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Mnuchin Signals Chance to End China Tariff War Ahead of Talks

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that if China presents enough trade concessions to President Donald Trump, there is a chance that the administration may seek to lift all tariffs. “Everything is on the table,” Mnuchin said early Tuesday during an interview on Fox Business News “Mornings With Maria” program. The Treasury chief is set […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S.-China Tariffs, Credit Availability Threaten New-Car Market

Trade disputes and a tightening credit cycle pose risks for U.S. financial institutions, S&P Global Ratings noted in a report released earlier this month. “The hallmark of the auto finance industry is its access to credit and keeping the needle moving,” Jeremy Acevedo, manager of industry analysis at Edmunds, told Auto Finance News. “If [credit […]

Looming Tariff Threat to Lessen New-Vehicle Sales, ABS Volume

MIAMI — Auto ABS is experiencing strong performance this year, but President Donald Trump’s trade war and tariff threat on imported auto parts are expected to prompt a downturn in securitization volume, Jamie Feehely, managing director of securitization at National Bank, said during ABS East last month. “There are no securitizations done that are 100% […]

Record High Price Trend in Used-Vehicle Market Set to Cool This Fall

The wholesale market saw an unusual uptick in the price of vehicles this past quarter. Manheim documented an abnormal appreciation trend starting in June and running through September. Wholesale used-vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 0.14% month-over-month in September, according to Manheim. This represents a record high and brought the […]

U.S.-Canada Trade Agreement to Bring Some Relief to Auto Industry

The automotive industry is breathing a sigh of partial relief today as details about a potential trade agreement with Canada trickle out that would exempt U.S. neighbors to the north and south from steep import tariffs. A new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement exempts the neighboring countries should President Donald Trump impose a 25% tariffs on auto […]
  • William Hoffman
  • October 1, 2018
  • Asia, Risk
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