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Subprime Pullback Continues in Q2

The auto finance market is a trillion-dollar industry. It’s also very much a prime market, with subprime financing remaining at near-record lows in the second quarter.

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CUDL: Credit Unions Capitalizing on Bank Retreat

Credit unions and captives continued to take advantage of the pullback by banks in the second quarter. The message coming out of CU Direct (CUDL)’s Sept. 28 webcast is that credit unions need to act fast before banks reconfigure their strategies.

Four Trade Groups Ask Lawmakers to Instate Five-Person Board to Lead CFPB

Four associations representing 12,000 banks and credit unions have asked Senate leaders to consider replacing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s single-director structure with a five-person bipartisan commission next year.

Q4 2015 Outstanding Loan Balances Reach Highest Level on Record, Experian Reports

Outstanding auto loan balances totaled $987 billion in the fourth quarter 2015, up 11.5% from the year-ago period and the highest level since Experian Automotive began publicly tracking the data in 2006.

Banking Regulator Issues Warning to Auto Finance Industry

The Comptroller of the Currency warned in a speech delivered yesterday that the pace of auto lending reminds him of the mortgage industry in the run up to the 2009 financial crisis.

House of Straw

The magazine’s from-the-trenches columnist provides a reminder that a straw purchase is a violation of federal law, no matter how willing the buyer and the ‘straw man’ are.

Millennials Continue to Stump Traditional Banks

A new report from Bank Director showed that today’s Baby Boomer- and Gen X-run banks are still trying to figure out the next big generation of consumers.

Auto Loan and Lease Balances Top $1 Trillion, Equifax Reports

The auto finance industry originated nine million auto loans through the first four months of year, totaling $182.9 billion. Equifax said these were the highest levels for this time of year since it began tracking auto finance data.

Competition Driving Increased Risk in Auto Finance, Regulator Says

A representative of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency says competition is forcing finance sources to take bigger risks. He warns that the regulator will continue to monitor the market.

SunTrust’s Dealer Financial Services Expands to Three Markets

SunTrust Banks Inc. is expanding its wholesale automobile dealer financial services to Dallas, Chicago and Boston as part of its national expansion strategy.