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Game Almost Over

With the CFPB’s controversial guidance officially repealed, the editor delves into what the bureau was really after in its targeting of dealer participation.

May 30, 2018

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

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

Outing the CFPB

The House Financial Services Committee’s decision to release confidential CFPB documents was a big win for the industry. But will it be enough to stop the bureau’s attack on dealer participation?

January 11, 2016

The CFPB Strikes

The CFPB’s first strike on rate participation came 11 days short of the New Year. Unfortunately, its 13-page complaint leaves many questions unanswered.

January 17, 2014

Stick With the Process

Between zero percent financing and looming regulatory changes, F&I managers have reason to worry. The editor weighs in with advice he learned in the batting cages.

August 7, 2013

Under the Microscope

Word of a recent newspaper article on the world of BHPH dealers had the editor up in arms — well, until he read the story.

December 1, 2011

Fed Proposal Reveals Evidence GAP

The Fed sure isn’t hiding its disdain for credit insurance with its proposed changes to Reg. Z. Then again, it might just be an information gap at work.

February 4, 2011