MINNEAPOLIS—January 24, 2012—FICO (NYSE: FICO) today announced the launch of myFICO en Español, the first Spanish-language website where consumers can obtain their personal credit report, credit report analysis, FICO® Score and FICO® Score analysis in Spanish.
“Today more than ever, American consumers need information, insight and tools that can help improve their understanding of how credit works in the U.S. financial marketplace,” said Mark Greene, CEO of FICO. “We felt it was essential to extend the award-winning resources on myFICO.com to the more than 34 million native Spanish-speaking consumers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.”
The FICO® Score is the standard measure of consumer credit risk in the United States, and knowing and understanding it is considered by most personal finance experts to be a cornerstone of personal financial health. Ninety of the 100 largest U.S. banks use a consumer’s FICO® Score for such credit decisions as determining mortgage rates, car loan financing and credit card terms. Until now, Spanish speakers have only had access to their credit reports and FICO® Scores in English. Now these products and others – including FICO® Scores, credit reports, credit monitoring programs and the Suze Orman FICO® Kit – are available in Spanish.
“Accessing a FICO score and reading and understanding one’s credit report are fundamental to understanding one’s credit health,” said Amber Minson, vice president and general manager of consumer scores, FICO. “myFICO.com will change the way Spanish speaking consumers approach credit, just as it has done for English speaking consumers since 2001.”
FICO helps millions of individuals manage their personal credit health through its award-winning website, www.myFICO.com. It is a trusted source of consumer credit information with an average of 700,000 visitors monthly. The new site enables users to toggle between Spanish and English, a format that is preferred by many bilingual speakers. More than 600 pages of Spanish-language consumer financial educational materials are available to visitors.
“As someone who regularly works with Spanish-speaking consumers, I can tell you that myFICO en Español is ground breaking,” said Yamila Ayad, associate vice president, First Nations Home Finance. “This site is critical not only for the Latino consumer, but for many of the professional practitioners who help educate Hispanic families who want to become homeowners.”
The site is live at the following link: http://espanol.myfico.com.
FICO (NYSE:FICO) delivers superior predictive analytics solutions that drive smarter decisions. The company’s groundbreaking use of mathematics to predict consumer behavior has transformed entire industries and revolutionized the way risk is managed and products are marketed. FICO’s innovative solutions include the FICO® Score — the standard measure of consumer credit risk in the United States — along with industry-leading solutions for managing credit accounts, identifying and minimizing the impact of fraud, and customizing consumer offers with pinpoint accuracy. Most of the world’s top banks, as well as leading insurers, retailers, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies, rely on FICO solutions to accelerate growth, control risk, boost profits and meet regulatory and competitive demands. FICO also helps millions of individuals manage their personal credit health through www.myFICO.com.
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