If the subprime auto loan asset-backed securities (ABS) market collapses, any post-mortem is likely to begin and end with the underlying auto market. Of course, it won’t all be about sales practices and consumer trends – there would also likely be closely-related contributing factors in lending and ABS practices. But despite growing concerns, following the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, it appears the auto market is poised for a year of activity centered mainly around “innovations” that are inconsequential to the larger issues that are sure to buffet the industry.
If Detroit is any indication,…
Ten Years Gone, but the Memory Remains
Litigation related to pre-financial crisis subprime mortgage lending and securitization has resulted in a decade-long hangover for many of those who participated in the boom times. The boom actually lasted only four or five years for most participants, but more than a decade later, many are just now drawing closer to resolution of legacy disputes. The lingering headache for lenders, sponsors, trustees and investors explains the caution that has been the hallmark of subprime residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) post-financial crisis.
Since subprime lending started its comeback in 2009, …
Whether or not you believe in global warming, the recent frequency of severe climate-related events – from mudslides to bomb cyclone snowstorms – suggests Thomas Friedman had it right years ago when he coined the phrase “global weirding.” One would think that in this environment, the outlook for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, which makes energy efficiency possible for the average homeowner, would be sunny and bright.
Consider further that Bitcoin, a mostly speculative pursuit for which the mining of a single unit uses as much electricity as an average American home for two years,…
There is no doubt marketplace lending, by offering speed and flexibility not historically seen in traditional banking, has done its part to foster the “do it yourself” (DIY) era. At its core, the DIY mindset starts with a question – why pay someone to do a job or share your profits or glory, when you can do it on your own? And ideas come to fruition through the vast amount of information now available to model success. In this DIY age, it seems anyone can start a company, create a fund or even start a blog….
2018 may be the beginning of the end of an education finance system that has resulted in overburdened students and families struggling to pay back loans that were too high at their inception relative to the reasonable income potential of the degree earned. Change won’t come overnight, but potential solutions should be put in motion this year, mainly aimed at relieving the student loan debt burden.
Below are a few touchstones for change that would signal the beginning of the end of the current student debt cycle.
Under the proposed Promoting Real Opportunity,…