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4 Options to Protect Consumer Loan Collateral for Lenders

Submitted by Unitas Financial Services on February 18, 2019

For financial institutions to properly protect consumer loan portfolio collateral, there are four basic options to consider when determining what type of portfolio protection insurance is best for them, as well as, their borrowers.

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Frequency and Size of Auto VSI and GAP Claims Remain High

Submitted by Bill Jones on January 31, 2019

Insurance rates in every sector have risen substantially in recent years, outpacing inflation by a good margin.  Here’s a look at some of the stats:

  • Health Insurance costs have gone up by over 20% in the last 10 years

  • Auto Insurance rates have gone up by more than 30% in the last 10 years

  • Homeowner Insurance premiums have risen over 40% in the last 10 years

Natural disasters, home prices, and the increased cost of construction have affected homeowner insurance pricing the most.  Health insurance premiums have risen due to many factors. Why have auto-related premiums gone up so much? Here are the top 5 reasons why auto insurance rates are going up:

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The Impact of Longer-term Auto Loans on Lenders

Submitted by Unitas Financial Services on January 16, 2019

There are nearly 270 million vehicles registered in the United States, making the country the second largest vehicle market after China. Despite having 1.2 cars per driver, the US continues to see growth in new and used auto sales and auto loan origination. Lenders know that auto loans today look entirely different than those from the past. Gone are the days of predominantly three- to five-year loan terms. Nowadays, most loans are made with terms of five to seven years. While this may not seem like a significant change at first glance, there are many potential ramifications for drivers and lenders once you look under the hood, so to speak, of these trends. Read on to find out how these factors affect lender risk management. 

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Unitas Financial Services Transforms the Way Lenders Protect their Portfolios

Submitted by Unitas Financial Services on December 29, 2018

Unitas Financial Services, Inc. announced a new bundle of Blanket Insurance Products designed to cover the risk a lender carries in their collateralized loan portfolio when the borrower's coverage lapses. Blanket 360, the latest product in the company's portfolio protection line for lenders, covers collateral immediately after loan closing, eliminating the need for tracking and making lender operations more efficient. "Blanket Insurance protections are a very simple and cost-effective way to eliminate virtually all internal insurance tracking after a loan is closed," said Bill Jones, President of Unitas Financial Services, Inc.  

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Happy Holidays! We look forward to serving you in 2019!

Submitted by Unitas Financial Services on December 24, 2018
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Auto Lenders Must Comply with CFPB when Marketing GAP Coverage

Submitted by Unitas Financial Services on December 17, 2018

Last month, Santander Consumer USA reached a settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  (CFPB) over a GAP product that all auto lenders should be aware of. For background, you should know that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) first took steps to regulate GAP coverage in 2012.  Furthermore, the Dodd-Frank Act gave the CFPB supervisory authority over “larger participants” of certain markets for financial products or services, as the CFPB defines by rule.

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