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TransUnion: Auto Loan Growth Slowing

TransUnion: Auto Loan Growth Slowing

Originations continued to fall at a faster rate than previous years, as finance sources continued to tighten underwriting standards during 2017’s end-of-year quarter. TransUnion officials, however, say the sector is performing well as the economy remains relatively strong.

February 22, 2018

Military Lending Act's December Update More Harmful Than First Thought

Military Lending Act's December Update More Harmful Than First Thought

A Hudson Cook attorney told industry trade groups in a Jan. 18 memo that the Defense Department’s Dec. 14 interpretative rule, combined with something else it did in July 2015, makes it ‘highly unlikely that any dealer or finance source will be willing to originate or purchase’ a vehicle finance transaction if credit-protection products are included.

February 22, 2018

New York Fed: Credit Scores Rise as Household Debt Reaches New Peak

Credit scores in the fourth quarter of 2017 were only a half a point higher than the median score recorded during the first quarter of 2009. And according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2017 auto loan origination volume reached the highest level it has ever observed.

February 15, 2018

BB&T Switches Back to Markups as CFPB Shifts Away From Enforcement

Resolution Needed

The editor shares some insider information regarding the industry’s efforts to get the Defense Department to reconsider last month’s interpretive rule regarding the sale of GAP and credit insurance to military consumers.

February 6, 2018

GOA Says Congress Can Review CFPB’s Guidance on Dealer Participation

The Government Accountability Office said on Tuesday that the bureau’s March 2013 bulletin on dealer participation falls under the Congressional Review Act, a decision that clears the way for the Republican-controlled Congress to repeal the bureau’s controversial guidance.

December 6, 2017

F&I Pacesetters: Bob Moore Cadillac of Edmond

It Is Unwise to Lower Your Defenses

The editor wonders how regulators, including two new mini-CFPBs in Pennsylvania and Maryland, view a consumer advocacy group’s highly critical report on how dealers price F&I protections.

November 14, 2017

Ally Takes Control of GAP Refunds

Ally Takes Control of GAP Refunds

The finance source’s new policy took effect days before new allegations surfaced that Wells Fargo failed to deliver GAP refunds to borrowers. It states that Ally — not dealers — will directly refund the unearned portion of GAP waivers and insurance to borrowers within 45 days of the paid-in-full date.

October 11, 2017

What's Really Behind the Subprime Pullback?

One F&I insider says there’s more to the subprime pullback than the recent uptick in delinquencies. He says regulators are the real reason finance sources are so risk-averse.

October 10, 2017

What’s Your Take?

The editor provides an up-close look at the topics he hopes to cover during his Industry Summit 2017 panel session. He’d also like to hear your take on these hot-button issues.

September 18, 2017

State AGs Urge U.S. Senate to Reject Resolution to Block CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

U.S. House Passes Resolution to Block CFPB's Arbitration Rule

The U.S. House passed a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Rule Act to block the CFPB’s rule banning mandatory arbitration clauses in finance contracts. The resolution now needs Senate approval and the president’s signature to repeal the rule, which industry insiders say could impact the sale of F&I products.

July 26, 2017