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June 14, 2018 - Industry News

Fed Reserve Approves Second Rate Hike of 2018

FOMC Chairman Powell answers a reporter's question at the June 13, 2018 press conference.

For the seventh time since 2015, the Federal Reserve increased the Federal Funds Rate a quarter percentage. Cox Automotive economists say higher interest rates and tighter credit have already led to softening retail demand, noting that further rate increases will impact all corners of the car business.

Tags: auto finance, Federal Reserve, interest rates, Jerome Powell

May 31, 2018 - Industry News

Experian: Americans Borrow Record Amounts for Auto Purchases in Q1

The dream of owning a new vehicle is becoming more elusive for the average American consumer, with the average amount financed and monthly payment for a new vehicle climbing to record highs of $31,455 and $523, respectively.

Tags: auto finance, average finance amount, average monthly payment, Experian Automotive, interest rates, prime, subprime

May 3, 2018 - Industry News

Federal Reserve Keeps Rates Steady

The Federal Reserve voted unanimously to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1.5% and 1.75%, but it hinted at a possible rate hike in June.

Tags: Federal Reserve, interest rates

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

Auto Loan Interest Rates Soar to Eight-Year High

Edmunds analysts say the industry is beginning to see the trickle-down effect from the rate increases happening at the federal level. February's annual percentage rate on new finance vehicles was expected to average 5.2%, up from 4.9% in the year-ago period.

Tags: auto finance, Edmunds, Federal Reserve, interest rates

December 14, 2017 - Industry News

Fed Reserve Raises Interest Rates

One industry analyst said the quarter-point hike will result in new-vehicle sales dropping below 17 million units in 2018, noting that the Fed Reserve’s previous three increases are responsible for fewer new leases and this year’s shift from new to used.

Tags: auto finance, auto loan, F&I office, Federal Reserve, interest rates

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Edmunds: Down Payments Reach Record Levels in May

Car buyers are putting down $504 more on a new-vehicle purchase than they did five years ago. But with buyers purchasing pricier cars and interest rates on the rise, something has to give, Edmunds.com analysis said.

Tags: auto finance, down payment, Edmunds, interest rates

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

Fed Raises Interest Rates a Quarter Point

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted 9-1 on March 15 to raise the target range for the federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point to 0.75% to 1% — a move that was widely expected.

Tags: Federal Reserve, interest rates, Monthly Payments

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Companies: F&I Industry Faces Murky 2017

John Pappanastos, president and CEO of EFG Companies

The expected regulatory rollback, plateauing sales, rising interest rates, and the push to change the in-dealership experience clouds the F&I industry’s future, EFG Companies said today. Four of the firm's executives offered their predictions for 2017.

Tags: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, digital retailing, Donald Trump, EFG Companies, interest rates, new-vehicle sales, Regulations, used-vehicle sales

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

Subprime Car Buyers to Feel Fed's Rate Hike, Analyst Says

For the second time in 10 years, the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee unanimously voted to raise the federal interest rate on Dec. 14. The impact of the rate hike should be minimal for all but one consumer segment, a Black Book analyst says.

Tags: Federal Interest Rate, Government, interest rates

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged

While the industry welcomed the Fed’s 7-3 decision not to raise interest rates a quarter point, market watchers say even a full percentage-point increase wouldn’t impact the current pace of auto sales. The Fed is still expected to raise rates a quarter point by the end of the year.

Tags: auto finance, F&I manager, Federal Reserve, interest rates

March 23, 2016 - Industry News

ACA, Westlake Agree to Pay $7.4 Million in Relief to Mass. Consumers

American Credit Acceptance and Westlake Financial Services have agreed to pay $7.4 million to Massachusetts consumers to settle the state regulator's charges that they charged excessive interest rates on subprime loans.

Tags: American Credit Acceptance, GAP, interest rates, Relief, Subprime Loans, Westlake Services

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Americans Concerned About Interest Rate Hikes, Mark Volatility, Survey Shows

Thanks to a rocky start in global financial markets and uncertainty regarding future interest rate hikes, Americans believe there is a 36% chance the U.S. economy will slip into a recession this year, a new survey shows.

Tags: car buying, Consumer Confidence Index, interest rates

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Industry Analysts Discuss Rate Hike's Impact on Vehicle Sales

Photo courtesy of Federal Reserve Flickr. 

The Federal Reserve voted unanimously today to increase its target funds rate by a modest quarter point. One market research firm believes that could cut into sales by 150,000 units.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Federal Reserve, interest rates, JD Power, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, Vehicle Sales

November 10, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Again Rejects NADA's FOIA Request

For the second time, the bureau rejected the association’s request for internal documents acknowledging the agency’s intent to regulate the auto finance market through enforcement action, and eschewed evidence that its methods for estimating disparate impact were deeply flawed.

Tags: CFPB, dealer markups, dealer participation plans, interest rates, NADA

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