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Subprime Auto Loan Crisis Chronometer

Crisis /krīsis/: A turning point that results in a battle over loss allocation.

Will there be a crisis? Are we near one?

Practices and factors similar to those contributing to the subprime mortgage meltdown are now impacting subprime auto lending and related ABS. The gauges reflect our take on how they are impacting risks for lenders and investors.

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The Subprime Auto Loan Crisis Chronometer shows the risk of battles over loss allocation.
Feb 2019
Lending Practices and Factors i
Subprime originations have trended down but securitization volume continues to increase. Subprime delinquencies in the secondary market are on the rise and have surpassed peak levels. Risky practices are exposing specific lenders and their investors to losses, as evidenced by the closure of a number of smaller subprime auto lenders earlier this year.
ABS Practices and Factors i
Credit enhancements such as excess spread, overcollateralization and subordination have increased in new deals and continue to create a buffer from riskiest lending practices. Investors have not yet felt the sting of riskiest practices.
Auto Market Risks i
New and used vehicle prices are at all-time highs, but sales incentives and high supply of off-lease vehicles are accelerating depreciation and driving up negative equity on trade-ins. Advances in technology will likely accelerate depreciation further.

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If you want to know the truth, no one can really predict the future of any market by themselves; everyone is limited by data and perceptions. Without shared knowledge and experience, the future remains a puzzle only time can solve. Where there is limited information, J.D. Salinger’s prediction is inevitable: “the fact is always obvious much too late.” But in subprime auto ABS, we don’t have to succumb to Salinger’s fatalism. By taking the pulse of all types…

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Historically, investors in subprime auto asset-backed securities (ABS) have been able to sleep well at night. They have rested easy in part because credit enhancements in securitizations have protected them from losses.  Today, due in large part to the safety expected from credit enhancements, rumblings about the parallels between subprime auto lending and pre-financial crisis subprime mortgage lending – and the cataclysmic end those parallels could portend – have barely disturbed the subprime auto ABS market.

Overcollateralization (O/C) rates are often touted as particularly protective for subprime auto ABS.  It’s true, of course: As investors have rightfully demanded greater O/C rates on riskier pools,…

If you want to know the truth, no one can really predict the future of any market by themselves; everyone is limited by data and perceptions. Without shared knowledge and experience, the future remains a puzzle only time can solve. Where there is limited information, J.D. Salinger’s prediction is inevitable: “the fact is always obvious much too late.”

But in subprime auto ABS, we don’t have to succumb to Salinger’s fatalism. By taking the pulse of all types of industry participants – lenders, servicers, investors, trustees and others – Credit Chronometer’s survey will contribute to a more informed,…

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The battle began when the Department of Education fired a shot across the bow with its letter arguing that state laws attempting to regulate student loan servicers – whether through licensing requirements or consumer protection laws – were preempted by federal law, which calls for uniform administration of federal student loan programs. Now state victories are starting to pile up.

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No one had suffered any losses, or at least it seemed no one could remember having done so. S&P had not downgraded any subprime auto loan ABS since just after the turn of the century or any other auto loan ABS since 2011. Credit enhancements were widely deemed sufficient to absorb any worst-case scenario. With a long track record of success and protections in place, few blinked when one non-bank lender, Honor Finance, went decidedly deep down the credit scale.

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What’s an ADU?

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Bright, shiny objects are hard to resist. Like the glowing orb cast by the anglerfish – the last thing its prey sees before the deadly bite – subprime lending is back with the potential for profits shining like a beacon. There are several ways for lenders and investors to grab a piece of the action, but are the latest moves tempting a fate similar to 2007?

There’s smoke . . .

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