MINNEAPOLIS—January 10, 2011—FICO (NYSE:FICO), the market leader and recognized standard in credit scoring, today launched ScoreInfo.org, a non-commercial educational website, to provide comprehensive information about the new Risk-Based Pricing Rule and other federally-mandated credit disclosure notices. ScoreInfo.org will help the millions of U.S. consumers who receive notices of credit approval or denial to understand these notices’ meaning as well as the rights and potential actions available to consumers. The site also explains the composition and role played by FICO® Scores, which are used by 90 percent of U.S. lenders; worldwide, over 10 billion FICO® Scores are consulted annually.
As of January 1, 2011, amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act require lenders to send a Risk-Based Pricing disclosure notice whenever a lending decision, based on a consumer’s credit score or credit report, results in less favorable credit terms, such as a higher interest rate or larger down payment requirement. This year, U.S. lenders are expected to process more than one billion credit applications, resulting in the delivery of approximately 500 million of these Risk-Based Pricing disclosure notices, in addition to the millions of notices consumers already receive when their credit application is denied.
“The new Risk-Based Pricing Rule is great for the consumer as it further increases the level of transparency in the lending process and, at the same time, can help improve the accuracy of the information in the consumer’s credit report,” said Jordan Graham, president of FICO Consumer Services. “Now, millions of U.S. consumers, whether they were approved or declined for credit, can at no charge see the credit report or FICO Score their lender used to make the lending decision. FICO launched ScoreInfo.org to help consumers better understand their disclosure notices and how to use that new knowledge to their benefit.”
FICO has long believed that educating consumers helps them build a better credit future. For this reason, FICO launched ScoreInfo.org to give consumers important information about their FICO® Score and how it is used in lending decisions, as well as how to manage their credit score to get better credit rates in the future. The site also includes general FICO® Score information—such as median scores by state—and possible next steps for taking control of your financial health.
“ScoreInfo.org is one of FICO’s many commitments to consumer credit education and is an ongoing resource which will be expanded to include other important tools, such as a FICO® Score simulator,” said Graham. “It will also be updated to address further consumer credit regulations that will take effect later in 2011.”
FICO also provides credit score information on the www.myfico.com site, voted by Kiplinger’s as the best place to buy your credit score.
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