Analysts feel that lending to subprime lenders
at a time when the credit card industry is going through a tough time could escalate risks.
Arbuthnot said the Raphael portfolio has been in run off since it was originated by subprime lenders
Edeus Mortgages and Victoria Mortgage Funding between 2005 and 2008.
The rival subprime lenders
have been locked in a war of words in recent months, with Provident urging investors to reject what it called a "risky and flawed" takeover bid.
Jay Levine, the chief executive officer of OneMain Holdings Inc, one of America's largest subprime lenders
, said last week that "the availability of unsecured credit is currently the greatest that has been in recent years," although he said much of the most intense competition is coming from credit card lenders.
(Growth has been slower in subsequent years due to increased competition, notes the company's 2014 annual report.) In the meantime, subprime lenders
have boosted their average interest rate on used cars from 16 percent to nearly 20 percent annually, guaranteeing that more customers will default and end up with punitive court judgments and garnished wages.
Figures from the Central Bank indicate 20,338 mortgage accounts issued by subprime lenders
were in arrears of more than 90 days at the end of last September.
Here are four differences the CFPB highlighted regarding how credit unions, banks and subprime lenders
run their card programs.
While the FHA was still offering favorable mortgage terms for qualified borrowers, subprime lenders
were offering a much easier and faster application process, at times with no down payment requirement.
have found cheap funding in the bond market, with $17.6 billion of asset-backed securities tied to subprime auto loans issued last year, more than double the $8 billion sold in 2010, according to Barclays Plc.
Unite called for urgent action to restore incomes, and legislation to clamp down on subprime lenders
"The historical absence of affordable credit in communities of color and for applicants of color, which created a market void into which subprime lenders
grew, was not accidental.