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Cornered Fed Announces First Rate Cut Since 2008

Facing new global realities and pressure on multiple fronts, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade in an attempt to prolong the economic expansion.

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Upstream Remarketing Keeping Used-Vehicle Values Strong

Depreciation through the first half of 2018 stood at 13.7%, much lower than the 16.3% rate recorded in the year-ago period. Analysts say upstream remarketing has kept values strong despite the tidal wave of off-lease vehicles that returned to market during the period.

Kontos: Wholesale Prices Softening Despite YOY Increase in June

Average wholesale prices in June were down vs. June but up vs. a year ago. A drill down into the data, however, reveals price softening on a year-over-year basis when accounting for sales type, vehicle age, model class, and mileage, KAR Chief Economist Tom Kontos said this week.

Kontos: Wholesale Prices Show Strength Again in April

Average wholesale used-vehicle prices reached $11,141 in April, a 2.2% increase from March and a 2.5% increase from a year ago, Tom Kontos reported. The only three segments registering declines were compact, mid-size, and luxury cars.

Kontos: Tale of Two Markets Resumes in March

While wholesale prices were below year-ago levels for cars, they were up for trucks. The revelation prompts KAR Auction Services' chief economist to revisit a study he began during the industry's first experience with $4 gas back in 2008, when the price gap between trucks and cars closed dramatically.

Kontos: Used-Vehicle Prices Soften 'Uncharacteristically' in February

February provided “further concrete evidence of softening” of used-vehicle prices, ADESA's Tom Kontos wrote in his monthly Kontos Kommentary.

Kontos: January Wholesale Prices Rise 6.7% YOY

Wholesale used-vehicle prices in January averaged $10,945, a 6.7% increase from a year ago and a 2.8% rise from the prior month, according to ADESA Analytical Services.

Kontos: December Wholesale Prices Fall, Up 3.9% YOY

Wholesale used-vehicle prices in December averaged $10,642, which was essentially flat with the prior month but up 3.9% from a year ago, according to ADESA Analytical Services.

Kontos: Wholesale Prices Up Year Over Year, Down From September

As has been the case for much of the year, average wholesale used-car prices were down on a year-over-year basis. In October, the average wholesale used-vehicle price fell by 1.2% compared to the year before. Trucks, on the other hand, continued to realize year-over-year increases in wholesale prices. Compared to last year, truck prices are up 5.1%.

Kontos: Average Wholesale Price in August Up 4.6% YOY

ADESA's chief economist reported this week that the continued strength of the truck segment drove a year-over-year increase in wholesale prices, while weak car sales contributed to a month-over-month price decline.