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Economic Perceptions vs. Reality
Aug 01, 2023

A new CBS News/YouGov national poll deals mostly with politics, but since most politics influences policy, especially the economy, the results are worth considering.  In the survey, a significant majority of U.S. adults were reported to be dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy.  When asked to pick a word that best described the condition of […]

About Those Rejection Rates
Jul 31, 2023

Several recent news stories have reported on historically high rejection rates for auto loans (see here, here, and here for example).  But policymakers, as well as the media, should ensure they have the proper context for this data. It is accurate that the 12-month rejection rate for auto loans was 14.2 percent in the June […]

WANTED: Dynamic Podcast Guests
Jul 28, 2023

Pitch the Extra Credit Podcast: On the Lookout for Dynamic Guests Want to share innovative content, fresh ideas and reach consumer credit and vehicle finance industry leaders? AFSA’s well-known Extra Credit Podcast is once again looking for dynamic and diverse guests to discuss timely topics, emerging issues, and trends in the consumer credit marketplace. Here are some of the issues […]

CFPB Releases Supervisory Highlights Report
Jul 28, 2023

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week released a new Supervisory Highlights report. In doing so, it announced, “CFPB Exams Find Unfair, Deceptive, and Abusive Practices Across a Wide Array of Consumer Financial Product Lines.” While the headline may attract attention, it’s important for context to explain what Highlights is and is not. The […]

LISTEN | Changing Perspective on Auto Finance
Jul 27, 2023

In this edition of the AFSA Extra Credit Podcast, we chat with Robert Steenbergh, Founder & CEO of AutoPayPlus which offers consumers a flexible auto financing schedule that matches payments with paychecks. We have a broad conversation about Robert’s journey, the benefits of changing the perspective on how consumers pay for vehicles and the importance of affordability. […]

About That Subcommittee Hearing
Jul 26, 2023

In light of the Biden Administration’s policy initiative targeting “junk fees,” the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection held a hearing today entitled, Taking Account of Fees and Tactics Impacting Americans’ Wallets. Witnesses were Michelle Henry, Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Lindsey Siegel, Director of Housing Advocacy at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, […]

News from our Members | Alfa customers scoop awards at Summer Event
Jul 26, 2023

Alfa, provider of Alfa Systems, the class-leading technology platform for auto and equipment finance, has reported an impressive haul for its customers at the 2023 Asset Finance Connect awards. Outstanding Achievement Award: Louise McIntosh, Head of Operations at United Trust Bank (UTB). Environment Award and Lender of the Year: Close Brothers Asset Finance. Equipment Finance […]

Three Economists Walk into a Bar…
Jul 25, 2023

With election politics, the final financial quarter of 2023, the holiday shopping season, and financial planning for 2024 around the corner, discussions about the U.S. economy are no joke. So, what better time to hear from AFSA Chief Economist Tim Gill and a panel of economists from a variety of industries for a discussion tackling the tough fiscal questions? What’s in store […]

News From Our Members | PayNearMe Expands Bill Pay Options with Cash App Pay Integration
Jul 19, 2023

PayNearMe clients can now offer their customers alternative bill payment options using all major mobile wallets and payment apps. Digital wallets have become increasingly popular among consumers, as many millennials and Gen Z customers are ditching traditional bank accounts in favor of these apps. In addition, Cash App Pay gives lenders a fast, convenient and […]

Elevate In Salt Lake | The Grand America
Jul 18, 2023

  Our 2023 Annual Meeting is just around the corner at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Oct. 1-4! What better way to start your fall off than a thought-provoking, engaging conference in the Best State as rated by U.S. News and World Report. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, […]

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