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October 7, 2015
LONDON — October 7, 2015
FICO today announced the availability of the FICO® Affordability Calculator, a tool that debt advisors and borrowers can use to set affordable arrangements for repayment of debt. This easy-to-use, web-based solution guides consumers through the budgeting process for establishing sustainable payments, or allows them to complete the form with an agent. It is available now in the UK, and can be configured easily for markets worldwide.
For more information: www.fico.com/en/products/affordability-calculator
New regulations are making it essential for financial services organizations to establish a consistent way to assess debtors’ income and expenditures, and to assist them with sustainable, affordable payments. For example, the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK specifies that affordability of payments be part of lending decisions. However, many organizations are finding it hard to implement a uniform approach successfully in both customer-facing and operational environments.
“This tool helps consumers meet their payment obligations, and helps lenders and collection agencies practice responsible lending,” said Gabriel Hopkins, FICO product manager. “It removes the embarrassment people often feel when explaining their financial situation to a collections agent or lender, and makes the process of establishing affordability quicker for consumer, lenders and collectors.”
Forms are dynamically created to suit the customer’s status, the nature of the borrowing by type, priority and liability. Questions are based on the previous responses, which helps people make an informed assessment of their financial position. Individuals can work with an advisor to complete the form if their data varies from the pre-set trusted trigger figures (such as ONS statistics), their details cannot be independently verified, or they need assistance.
Lenders and collectors can quickly change the questions using FICO® Blaze Advisor® decision management system. “This makes the calculator useful for all kinds of lenders and collectors,” said Hopkins, “and for not only collections but loan originations and other areas where understanding a consumer’s payment capacity is important.”
FICO (NYSE: FICO) is a leading analytics software company, helping businesses in 90+ countries make better decisions that drive higher levels of growth, profitability and customer satisfaction. The company’s groundbreaking use of Big Data and mathematical algorithms to predict consumer behavior has transformed entire industries. FICO provides analytics software and tools used across multiple industries to manage risk, fight fraud, build more profitable customer relationships, optimize operations and meet strict government regulations. Many of our products reach industry-wide adoption. These include the FICO® Score, the standard measure of consumer credit risk in the United States. FICO solutions leverage open-source standards and cloud computing to maximize flexibility, speed deployment and reduce costs. The company also helps millions of people manage their personal credit health.
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