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JIM HENRY

Visions of a paper-free auto finance world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
What will auto finance look like in 2020? Chase Auto Finance exec Bill Jensen did some speculating recently at the Auto Finance Summit in Las Vegas....
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JIM HENRY

Subprime is no runaway train

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014
There it goes again, as Ronald Reagan might have said. The New York Times is still hammering a theme that subprime auto loans will endanger the U.S. economy in the way that subprime mortgages helped bring about the Great Recession....
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Sonic to launch captive -- in a few years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Sonic Automotive plans to launch a captive finance arm, but the startup date is at least four years away....
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EDITORIAL

Hard-won upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
As a business, General Motors is arguably better situated and better run than it was back when it lost its investment-grade ratings. GM's bean counters can make a case for getting an extra rung or two on the credit ratings scale....
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U.S. charges 5 former dealer employees with loan fraud conspiracy in Ala.

7:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Five former Serra Nissan employees have been charged in Birmingham, Ala., in connection with an alleged conspiracy to fraudulently increase loan approvals and car sales, the FBI said in a statement....
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JIM HENRY

Lenders must look through consumers' eyes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
In the second of what's shaping up to be a series of attacks on subprime auto finance -- the first was in July -- The New York Times last week made a breathless page one story out of a years-old device: the vehicle starter interrupt....
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JIM HENRY

Auto finance industry still paying for past sins

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulators seem to have a caricature of a plaid, polyester sport coat-wearing car salesman in mind when they talk about auto retailing....
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JIM HENRY

The case for casting a wider net with credit apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Auto lenders complain they hate it when dealership F&I managers send them credit applications outside their preferred range of credit scores....
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JIM HENRY

Regulation forecast calls for rain, former CFPB exec says

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Rick Hackett, a former assistant director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who was the bureau's liaison to the auto finance industry, predicted the bureau would probably unveil a long-awaited rule next week, defining which nonbanks fall under the CFPB's jurisdiction....
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JIM HENRY

F&I wait times have virtual repercussions

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Dealerships know that customer satisfaction suffers if car buyers spend time sitting outside the F&I office. But there’s another reason why dealerships should slash F&I wait times: Most customers who use their mobile devices at dealerships use them to shop for other vehicles and better deals elsewhere....
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JIM HENRY

New rules for asset-backed securities could impact subprime lenders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
The Securities and Exchange Commission last week laid out new rules for asset-backed securities, the financial practice in which lenders bundle loans and sell them off to investors to raise money to fund new loans....
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JIM HENRY

Is CFPB guilty of spin?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Remarks delivered by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and language used in a bureau statement last week were a lot harsher than the dry legalese of the consent order signed this month by the CFPB and First Investors Financial Services Group....
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The incentives debate: Who's being 'stupid'?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Some big rivals dismiss American Honda sales boss John Mendel's grim warning that extended loan terms and other strategies being employed by competitors hurt resale values, customer loyalty and ultimately profits. So who's right?...
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JIM HENRY

Did dealers hurt themselves with the carve out?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
There’s no mistaking that federal regulators are serious about policing auto lenders. By extension, auto dealers feel they’ve got a big target on their backs, too....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Skipping wheel-and-tire was big mistake

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Wheel-and-tire insurance is a valuable product. There, I admit it. It's not the “snake oil” that a cynical friend once espoused it and other F&I products to be....
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U.S. Treasury to cut Ally stake

10:56 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
The Treasury Department plans to cut its stake in Ally Financial by selling stock on the open market in its first divestiture since the company's initial public offering in April....
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JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times' demands are misguided

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Subprime auto loans have gotten most of the attention, but an editorial in The New York Times on Saturday makes other demands dealers and lenders are sure to dislike....
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JAMES B. TREECE

GM Financial subpoena shifts investigation away from dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
When dealers saw headlines saying the U.S. Department of Justice had subpoenaed GM Financial ast month to produce documents relating to its subprime auto loan contracts, they could be excused for worrying that this represented another threat to their arranging car loans for consumers....
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COMMENTARY: JAMES B. TREECE

A failure to punish fails members

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
A New York Times report on July 20 cast some car dealerships once again as unscrupulous businesses. Both the NIADA and NADA issued strong statements against the practices outlined in the report. Fine, but what matters is action....
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JIM HENRY

Calif. ballot proposal misses cut for November vote

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
A California consumer advocacy group’s ballot initiative that would have outlawed dealer reserve in the state won’t make it on the November ballot this year....
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Outstanding U.S. auto loans hit all-time high, Equifax says

1:58 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Total outstanding auto loans in the United States hit an all-time high of $902 billion this spring, an increase of more than 10 percent from the same time a year earlier, according to the latest Equifax National Consumer Credit Trends Report....
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JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times story on subprime offers feds ammunition

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
A withering account of subprime auto lending in Sunday's New York Times reinforces bad stereotypes about used-car dealers, smears subprime lenders and their investors, takes out of context an increase in delinquencies and loan losses from record lows, and provides ammunition to auto finance industry critics in Washington....
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Smarter consumers, fewer defaults

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers and Ally Financial are partnering to promote financial literacy in stores. The program was unveiled at NAMAD's annual conference on July 9 in Miami. This is an excerpt from the July 14 AutoNews Now newscast....
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AutoNation preps for online sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
By Christmas, AutoNation Inc. customers will be able to initiate a vehicle purchase online....
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JIM HENRY

Credit union ads highlight misperceptions of dealer reserve

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
A Florida credit union's ad campaign beating up dealers and auto lenders for “rate markups” is hard to look at, but dealers and lenders should check it out to see what they're up against in terms of public perception and in case the approach catches on in other states....
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