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Auto lending is a dynamic market second only to housing in size, with nearly $900 billion in outstanding auto loan balances. Banks hold approximately a third of all auto loan balances, followed closely by captive auto lenders, credit unions and auto finance companies. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB has the authority to supervise all depository institutions with more than $10 billion in assets. However, the Bureau has also been granted the authority to supervise “larger participants” in consumer financial markets. The CFPB exercised this authority by issuing a rulemaking proposal to extend its supervisory reach over nonbank auto lenders, such as the captives and auto finance companies. CBA is largely supportive of this effort as consumers should expect to receive the same level of protection no matter where they receive their auto loans.
- March 16, 2016On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Semi-Annual Report to Congress featuring testimony from CFPB Director Richard Cordray. Like previous encounters, Republican members of the committee expressed considerable frustration with the Bureau and its leader throughout the hearing. Save comments from Reps...February 26, 2016CBA LIVE 2016 – Customize Your Experience Via the App We have a record number of bankers registered, a record number of regulators, and, if we continue our current pace, 2016 will be our sixth straight year of record attendance . With essentially one week to go, we hope you are as excited as we are for CBA LIVE 2016! This week, we launched the CBA LIVE 2016: Leadership Unplugged mobile app. Be...February 18, 2016 - 2:00PMPastUS Consumers are a fickle bunch, particularly when it comes to financial services (banking, auto loans, credit cards, even alternative lending). FICO recently completed a study of these consumers and has uncovered some fascinating insights.February 12, 2016Small-Dollar Lending Gets Presidential Attention Earlier this week, President Obama released his final budget proposal which included a $10 million dollar line-item that would fund a small-dollar loan program through Community Development Financial Institutions. President Obama is right to recognize low-and moderate-income American families often need access to short-term liquidity. But here is...February 2, 2016On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the CFPB announced a settlement , in conjunction with a Department of Justice (DOJ) action , with Toyota Motor Credit Corporation to resolve discriminatory outcomes in auto lending. Under the agreement, Toyota Credit will pay $21.9 million in restitution to African American and Asian or Pacific Islander consumers for pricing disparities from non-Hispanic white...January 29, 2016On Friday, January 29, 2016, the CFPB announced the settlement administrator distributed checks to consumers for restitution under the Ally Bank indirect auto settlement. As a reminder, the Ally enforcement action was filed in December of 2013 and ordered Ally to pay $80 million in consumer restitution and $18 million to the CFPB in civil money penalties.January 22, 2016Cordray to Offer Keynote at CBA LIVE We are pleased to announce CFPB Director Richard Cordray will join us for CBA LIVE 2016. A man who needs no introduction, Director Cordray will join me on the big stage on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, to discuss all things CFPB. Remember, if you have not registered yet, it is not too late! CBA LIVE 2016: Leadership Unplugged takes place March 7-9 in Phoenix, AZ...January 21, 2016On Thursday, January 21, 2016, the CFPB took action against Herbies Auto Sales, a buy-here pay-here used car dealer, for allegedly using abusive financing schemes, hiding auto finance charges and misleading consumers. Under the consent order, Herbies is required to pay $700,000 in redress to consumers, with a suspended civil penalty of $100,000. The company also must stop deceiving consumers...January 20, 2016On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) released a report entitled: “Unsafe at any Bureaucracy, Part II: How the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Removed Anti-Fraud Safeguards to Achieve Political Goals.” The second in a series, the report investigates the CFPB’s actions in the indirect auto market. In conjunction with the release, the HFSC also...December 23, 2015Last December, we pointed out five F&I trends to watch in 2015 . Here’s a look at how each fared this year. 1. Political pushback on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Legislators and national dealer and lender trade groups came after the CFPB this year with guns blazing. In April a bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would significantly limit the...