Risk & Compliance What’s Important to Investors in a Credit Score? Leading Secondary Market Participants Weigh In

Secondary Market Survey
Apr232019

I had the chance to attend the Structured Finance Industry Group’s annual conference in Las Vegas, where SFIG’s members, including securities investors in a range of industries — from mortgage to auto to commercial lending — gather to discuss the latest and greatest in securitization. During the conference, FICO also took the opportunity to survey these investors about how they use credit scores to evaluate loans, what factors they want to see included in scores, and what makes them trust one score over another. Here’s what I learned: The FICO Score is the most trusted metric for loan quality.  Nearly half of respondents (45 percent) said the FICO® Score was the most useful criteria in evaluating the quality of loans for secondary market investments, the most of any criteria for analyzing a loan. Loan-to-Value Ratio (34 percent) was second, and Debt-to-Income Ratio (10 percent) was third. FICO has been the... [Read More]

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Fraud & Security AI AML Models Help Find the Bad Eggs

AI AML Models
Apr232019

Hope you had a relaxing Easter weekend with family and friends! In between coloring eggs, if you picked up a paper or scrolled through a news site, you probably would have seen the news that $130 million cash was found at the house of the ousted president of Sudan and how the US government foiled a money laundering operation by drug traffickers using bitcoins. Money never sleeps, as they say. Not even for Easter and such events are on the rise and a cause of constant worry for compliance officers all around the world. AI AML Models: Solving a Big Problem So, here’s the key problem. Regulatory bodies around the world have pegged global money laundering at $2 trillion. What’s worse, they estimate that less than 1% is ever caught. So to try and combat this regulators have raised the penalties for institutions found to have facilitated money laundering whether... [Read More]

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Risk & Compliance myFICO Quiz: Do Consumers Understand the FICO Score?

Taking Quiz FICO Scores
Apr162019

April is National Financial Literacy Month. Understanding credit is an important part of financial literacy, but how well do consumers understand the FICO® Score – what factors make up the Score and how they’re used by lenders? myFICO recently conducted a FICO Score-related quiz with myFICO members as well as a random group of people to see how well individuals know about credit, credit scoring, and lending practices. Does regular consumer access to FICO Scores influence financial knowledge? While participants from both groups answered many questions correctly, the myFICO responders had a higher average score (80%) for correct answers compared to an average score of 60% with the random group. But about 40% of both groups missed the question on what information in a credit report typically has the greatest impact on a FICO®Score To learn more about the results of the survey, check out Tom Quinn’s blog at https://blog.myfico.com/quiz-results-understanding-of-fico-scores.

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Fraud & Security APAC Banks Take A Cautious Approach To Stopping Fraud

Stopping Fraud
Apr162019

Almost three in four banks in Asia Pacific anticipate that fraud in their country will increase in 2019, according to a recent poll by FICO. Of specific concern are transactions completed when neither the card nor the cardholder is physically present (card-not-present or CNP fraud), as well as cards taken out by criminals under false identities (application fraud). These were identified as the two key concerns, as well as the biggest challenges to stopping fraud in 2019. “The volume and velocity of transactions is growing in Asia,” said Dan McConaghy, president of FICO in Asia Pacific. “Over 50 percent of global online retail sales in 2018 originated from the region. This growth in ecommerce along with the efforts of banks to digitize more services has seen a change in fraud risk. Dealing with an ocean of transactions means that AI and machine learning are essential when it comes to detecting... [Read More]

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Risk & Compliance Secure, Standardized Data Sharing Empowers Consumers & Promotes Innovation

Consumer data
Apr092019

Data is being used to improve all aspects of a consumer’s life in our increasingly digital world. eCommerce companies use data for a number of purposes, such as to personalize the experience of users across mobile apps and the web, suggest purchases and make it easier to find high-intent products. Retail stores use location data to drive consumers to local stores and restaurants and is even used in the store to better design its layout and available inventory. With the emergence of consumer-permissioned data in the financial services ecosystem we are beginning to see similar impact. Consumers’ ability to access and control their financial data is providing them with greater utility and benefit than ever before. Along with this comes expectations of better experiences, on-demand access and deeper insights. The good news is that consumer-permissioned data is providing the industry a platform for further innovation. Even now, at the tap of... [Read More]

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