Global FICO score rank-orders consumers according to their credit risk. Designed to be consistently scaled across credit bureaus and across national borders, Global FICO score has established the global standard for consumer credit risk assessment. The Fair Isaac technology underlying the Global FICO scoring model enables quick deployment in any country that has robust credit bureau data. Korea Credit Bureau plans to provide Global FICO scores to financial institutions and credit lenders starting in early 2007.
"Our alliance with Korea Credit Bureau opens a new chapter for lenders in the Republic of Korea who serve the consumer credit market," said Ron Totaro, vice president of Global Scoring at Fair Isaac. "Global FICO score provides a way for lenders throughout the country to quickly implement highly predictive risk assessment solutions. By gaining better control of risk, they also can speed up decision processes and increase their profits."
"Our member lenders founded the Korea Credit Bureau to improve the quality of credit data in this market by sharing both positive and negative data as advanced countries do," said Buhmsoo Choi, Ph.D. and senior vice president of the credit evaluation department at Korea Credit Bureau. "We expect that credit data of KCB will become more powerful by being combined with Fair Isaac's proven, world-class analytic science. By using Global FICO credit risk scores, it is anticipated that lenders will be able to more accurately determine a consumer's credit risk and can tailor their credit offerings to every risk profile."
Fair Isaac developed its Global FICO score technology using knowledge and experience it gained from analyzing a wide range of credit data over many years. By addressing a variety of predictive variables, the score technology accommodates a broad range of bureau configurations and available data.
Global FICO score may also assist lenders to meet their Basel II and other regulatory compliance requirements. The scores are complementary to custom application and behavior models, and can be used alongside internal scores at all stages in the credit lifecycle to improve decisions throughout the lending process, from marketing and account origination to full portfolio management.
About Korea Credit Bureau
Korea Credit Bureau, which evaluates the creditworthiness of individual consumers in a comprehensive manner as a premier credit bureau in Korea, was established with the participation of 19 leading financial institutions as shareholders in the Republic of Korea. Unlike competing data providers, KCB, as the first-ever comprehensive credit bureau in Korea, is collecting not only negative data such as delinquency, but also a variety of positive data. KCB is aimed at consolidating the credit infrastructure of a society under the slogan of the "Common Asset of Korea Credit Business," and furthermore becoming the world-class "Best Practice CB." For more information, visit www.koreacb.com.
About Fair Isaac
Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FIC) makes decisions smarter. The company's solutions and technologies for Enterprise Decision Management give businesses the power to automate more processes, and apply more intelligence to every customer interaction. Through increasing the precision, consistency and agility of their decisions, Fair Isaac clients worldwide increase sales, build customer value, cut fraud losses, manage credit risk, reduce operational costs, meet changing compliance demands and enter new markets more profitably. Founded in 1956, Fair Isaac powers hundreds of billions of decisions per year in financial services, insurance, telecommunications, retail, consumer branded goods, healthcare and the public sector.
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