Subprime Flashback: Early Defaults Are a Warning Sign for Auto Sales – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2016

To understand how far the U.S. auto business has been reaching for new customers, consider the early performance of a bond issue called Skopos Auto Receivables Trust 2015-2.

The bonds were built out of subprime auto loans and sold in November. Through February, about 12% of the underlying loans were at least 30 days past due, a third of which were more than 60 days delinquent. In another 2.6% of loans, borrowers had filed for…


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