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On the Road with Rising Auto Loan Delinquencies

Delinquencies in the auto loan landscape are the highest they’ve been in the past decade. According to the New York Fed's recent blog post, 2018 was marked by historically high levels of newly originated loans in the auto industry, with $584 billion in new auto loans and leases showing up on credit reports. At the end of 2018, more than 7 million American borrowers were behind on their auto loans by 90 days or more.

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How to Deal with Hostile Debtors when Recovering Collateral

Everybody in lending knows that collateral recovery and vehicle repossessions are unpleasant and unenjoyable for all parties involved. Unfortunately, it's a part of business in auto lending. And as long as your financial institution and its staff are tracking collateral and assets, you'll encounter angry, hostile borrowers who will make asset collection as difficult as possible. Here are some tips for how to deal with hostile debtors when your financial institution staff, field agents, and repossession agents are trying to recover collateral.

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Kick Your Outsourced Collections Machine Into Overdrive

If your financial institution works with a third-party vendor for your collections efforts, you know how important it is to ensure your partners perform at an optimal level. The vetting and on-boarding process alone can take months, so the "set it and forget it" mentality could be detrimental to the overall performance of your collections operation. To ensure your outsourced partner performs at a high level, it’s wise to understand their company procedures and establish agreed upon benchmarks to measure their performance.

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How Improved Consumer Confidence Can Lead to Increased Debt

When we consider the U.S. economy, we see good and bad news. The good news is that we've almost reached full employment, and consumers are feeling confident about their ability to maintain a stable income, make large purchases, and repay loans. The bad news is that confidence may be misplaced, since U.S. consumers’ credit card debt is at an all-time high, and delinquencies are rising.

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How to Successfully Navigate TCPA Cell Phone Consent

Ah, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...that ole' chestnut. There hasn't been much change to this law, which went into effect back in 1991. Clarifications have been issued—as recently as 2013—however, the core ruling hasn't shifted since inception regarding contacting a debtor using an autodialer or pre-recorded message. If you don't know what the TCPA is and how it impacts the financial services industry, you can read one of our previous blog post that covers the TCPA basics. However, in this article, we'll dive a little deeper into how a financial institution can navigate the particulars of obtaining express consent from borrowers, specifically for the purposes of contacting them on a mobile device.

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Three Tips for Retaining Customers with Overdrawn Accounts

No matter the industry, customer retention should play a critical role in your business model—and financial institutions are no exception. While acquiring new customers is always top of mind for financial institutions, retaining existing customers might be a smarter business move when it comes to growing and remaining profitable.

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How Credit Card Delinquencies Affect Your Bottom Line

It's a sad fact that good news is rarely 100% positive; usually we can expect some undesirable result from sunny situations. The U.S. economy's recovery after the Great Recession is a perfect example. While we're pleased about low unemployment and consumer spending in support of employment and economic growth, the lending industry is beginning to see a negative byproduct of that improved economy: rising credit card delinquency.

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5 Common Collections Challenges (and How You Can Overcome Them)

Collections plays a critical a role in your institution’s financial health. Limited resources, personnel, and time are common denominators for many collections departments. I've worked with financial institutions to streamline their collections operations for years, and we typically see operations afflicted with the same challenges and obstacles. As the economy and consumer sentiment continue to improve, financial institutions can expect to see lending increase.

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10 Topics to Educate Your Customers on Debt Management

These days, we consistently hear about how strong the U.S. economy is, with home values quickly increasing and low unemployment creating lucrative opportunities for workers. Despite that, many Americans are struggling financially and are unprepared not only to reach far-off goals like retirement but even to cover standard life expenses and debt management.

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Dude, Where's My Car?

First things, first. We've all forgotten at some point in our lives where we've parked the car. As we get older, it doesn't get any easier, unfortunately. Unlike those 'dude, where's my car' moments, your borrowers may purposefully not want to be found as they skip out on their loan by missing payments.

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