Written by Andrew MacDowell

Auto lending has experienced unprecedented risk impacting many financial organizations. During the recent two quarters, auto loan delinquencies have shown signs of significant increases and growing net losses appear non-seasonal in nature.

Heavy competition among lenders for market share and less stringent underwriting standards for auto loans have contributed to this growing concern. Compounding this increasing risk,  lenders appear to have substantially layered risks by offering longer terms combined with higher advance rates. These combined factors have significantly increased credit risk in auto loan portfolios and in some cases may have created fair lending and consumer compliance issues. These self-inflicted risks are resulting in higher net charge-offs for both traditional and nontraditional lenders.

While these decisions create positive consumer opportunities and incremental net revenue, they can also result in future losses and increased recovery costs.  This places additional pressures on risk management practices and daily operations.  Risk management may be unable to anticipate the end result of aggressive higher risk portfolio growth.

So what type of platform capabilities do you need to mitigate the potential adverse impact to your lending business?

    • Comprehensive history of all transactions, delinquency ratings, and credit bureaus.
    • Real time commentary search capabilities including time/date and user stamp.
    • Estimated and actual loss analysis on the repossession /sale of the asset.
    • Automatically update delinquency information after backdated transactions are posted.
    • Bankruptcy sub-statuses (disposition codes) from which to track the process and build work queues.

About the Author:

Andrew MacDowell has over two decades of senior management experience in the credit card industry with Fortune 500 financial institutions such as MBNA Corporation and Bank of America.

Andrew has specific expertise in areas such as Business Development, Loyalty Marketing, Corporate Project Management, Bank Operations, Payments, and Fraud.  Most notably, Andrew was a key founding stakeholder of MBNA Canada during its peak growth phase in the Canadian marketplace, which ultimately led to it becoming the largest MasterCard issuing bank in Canada.

Andrew is a graduate of Georgian College where he holds a diploma in Business Administration and majored in Marketing Management.