A $26 million settlement by Santander Consumer is shining a light on the hard-to-measure problem of auto dealer fraud, while also raising questions about the adequacy of lenders' efforts to combat bad behavior.
New boss Andy Cecere's first year on the job will likely be defined by how he tackles the challenges in front of him, including keeping the company’s highly watched efficiency ratio in check and managing pitfalls in auto-lease financing.
Steve Eisman, the Neuberger Berman Group fund manager who featured in Michael Lewis's book "The Big Short," said he's concerned about the subprime-auto market, even though credit quality across the banking system has improved significantly.
Creative growth strategies are helping banks with $10B to $50B of assets — including Webster and TCF — improve profitability. These ‘tweeners’ deal with tougher regulations than smaller competitors without the scale larger ones have to absorb the expense.
By bending over backward when borrowers trade in an older car for a new one, lenders are said to have embarked down an unsustainable path. The warning, by Moody’s, adds to concerns about credit quality in auto lending.
In a further illustration of weakness in the auto sector, Ally Financial said Tuesday that its 2017 profits will likely be dinged by rising delinquencies on subprime auto loans, as well as by falling used-car prices.