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May 11, 2010

Consumer Credit Rises; Interest Rates Dip, Federal Reserve Says

Consumer credit rebounded in March to an annual rate of 1 percent after it decreased in February to an annual rate of 3 percent, according to the Federal Reserve’s monthly report.

May 1, 2010

A Prime Opportunity

Credit might not be loosening up as quickly as the industry had hoped, but it is becoming available to the subprime segment. Industry insider provides his take on why that is.

April 20, 2010

Economic Activity and Auto Sales Improving, Says Fed’s Beige Book

Fueled by more favorable pricing and credit terms, eight of the 12 federal districts in the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book reported improved vehicle sales in March.

April 13, 2010

Fall in Consumer Credit Reflected in February Auto Sales

Fear of the economy’s slow recovery, snow in the Eastern region of the country and a negative job report not only stalled February auto sales, but it also led to a three-month low in borrowing, according to the Federal Reserve’s February report.

April 1, 2010

Industry on the Rebound

The mood at this year’s Vehicle Finance Conference was much improved, and lenders are looking to become active once again. However, they will do so with more caution this time around.

April 1, 2010

Market on the Mend

The auto finance market continued to stabilize in the fourth quarter, as the crash of 2008 continues to become a distant memory. New financing, however, will remain the domain of the prime and superprime tiers in the months to come.

March 15, 2010

VINtek Launches Web-Based Tax, Tag and Title Calculator

VINtek, a provider of automotive collateral management and direct auto finance services for automotive finance lenders, launched, an interactive, real-time tax, tag and title fee calculator for dealers and lenders.

March 9, 2010

Interest Rates Increase Slightly in January, Says Federal Reserve

Credit extended to consumers in January rose for the first time since July 2008, according to the Federal Reserve’s monthly report, providing further evidence that both lenders and consumers are feeling better than they did a year ago.

January 12, 2010

Interest Rates Increase Slightly in November, Says Federal Reserve

Consumer credit dropped 8.5 percent in November 2009, the lowest figure of the year, according to the Federal Reserve’s monthly report.

January 6, 2010

AFSA's 2010 Conference to Address Industry's Top Challenges

While the economy is beginning to show signs of recovery, many challenges remain for the vehicle finance industry. In response, the American Financial Services Association (AFSA) has assembled a powerful lineup for its 14th Annual Vehicle Finance Conference and Exposition, which will be held Feb. 10-12 at Walt Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.