Why Lenders Should Leverage Alternative Data to Assess Credit Risk

Every lender has been in the situation. A new customer with a limited credit history wants a good rate on a first-time auto loan. The numbers are lacking, but the instinct gnaws. Take the risk? Make the deal? In these situations, consider evaluating alternative data to assess credit risk. According to an Experian study fielded […]

Attorneys Seek CFPB Definition of Abusive Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has set the ball rolling to define the term “abusive” in the Dodd-Frank Act, which prohibits lenders from committing unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices. Acting Director Mick Mulvaney announced the move in the CFPB’s rulemaking agenda released last month, but did not specify a timeline for the definition. […]

CFPB to Consider Future Rule on Disparate Impact

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering future rulemaking regarding its disparate impact doctrine, according to the Fall 2018 rulemaking agenda updated today. The agenda notes the bureau is reexamining the requirements of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act concerning disparate impact in light of Supreme Court and congressional disapproval of the guidance. “The [CFPB] thinking about a rulemaking shows […]

Wells Fargo Auto Originations Climb Despite Shrinking Portfolio

Though Wells Fargo Auto’s portfolio declined in the third quarter, the bank posted higher origination volume and improved credit performance in its third-quarter earnings released today. Originations increased 10% year over year to $4.8 billion, yet Wells Fargo’s auto portfolio declined 17% to $46.1 billion. The bank noted the downsized portfolio is “reflecting our focus […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • October 12, 2018
  • Earnings

Lender Halts Originations Amid Florida Attorney General Investigation

Marlin Financial, a Miami-based auto lender, stopped originating auto loans on Sept. 26, as the company undergoes changes to its business practices enforced by the state attorney general, a company spokeswoman told Auto Finance News. “All the recent policy changes [Marlin Financial] is doing, we are going through the attorney general, and that is the […]

Lawyer Cautions Against Overreaction to CFPB Supervisory Guidelines

Following the issuance of new supervisory guidelines, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a statement highlighting that the guidelines do not have the same force as laws — but that doesn’t mean lenders should not heed the warning, lawyers told AFN. The statement emphasized that guidelines do not “have the force and effect of law, […]

Regulators Reject Wells Fargo’s Plan to Pay Back Consumers Affected by Insurance Scandal

Wells Fargo & Co.’s proposal to remediate consumers impacted by its force-placed insurance scandal was rejected by regulators for not comprehensively coverings all affected borrowers, according to a report from Tuesday evening. The lender submitted their plan to pay back consumers in June per the requirements of a $1 billion consent order issued by the […]

CFPB Identifies Deceptive Auto Loan Servicing Practices

Recent auto loan servicing examinations conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found fraudulent and unfair practices related to billing statements and wrongful repossessions, the bureau announced Thursday. The wrongful acts were publicized in the CFPB’s  Supervisory Highlights report. While the report does not impose any new legal requirements — publishing the findings serves as a […]
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