House Financial Services Committee urges oversight of alt-data

The use of alternative data by lenders could expand access to credit to more than 40 million consumers. Likewise, banks and credit unions are using alternative data to fight fraud and provide faster access to funds. However, regulatory uncertainty surrounds the use of alternative data in making lending decisions, according to the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services’ Task Force on Financial Technology. […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • July 25, 2019
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Fraud analytics, alt-data reduce risk for nonprime lenders

The ability to identify risk as early as possible in the loan origination process can improve portfolio performance, and lenders focused on nonprime segments have better resources than ever before to reduce loan risk. Early identification of high-risk borrowers can reduce or potentially eliminate defaults. Fraud analytics and alternative credit data — which provides a […]
  • Lana Johnson
  • July 11, 2019
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Sharpening Decisions With Alternative Data [Podcast]

Auto lenders are increasingly relying on nontraditional data as they hone underwriting to gain a competitive edge. Alternative data can open the door to unbanked and under-banked consumers, enabling lenders to extend beyond their typical customer base without assuming too much risk. “[Lenders] have to broaden their mind to incorporate alternative data,” Chuck Berend, senior […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • May 30, 2019
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5 Features of Lending Technology to Measure Compliance

“We expect that the next five years will bring more change to auto finance than the past 50 years combined.” That statement from PricewaterhouseCoopers, made in the consultancy’s Auto Finance Risk and Compliance Highlights 2017 report, was based on research into the numerous factors affecting auto lending. With urbanization, evolving models of vehicle ownership, changing […]
  • Lana Johnson
  • March 13, 2019
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The Privacy Pickle of Massive Data

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are in quite a pickle. The Cambridge Analytica scandal that has roiled the country this week has exposed a basic truth: that privacy and Facebook’s business model are at odds. Amp up the privacy and data protections, and the social network that fuels Facebook’s growth is stanched. Pump up the social network […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • March 22, 2018
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Why Lenders Should Take Advantage of Alternative Data

There was some variation in what data was considered alternative, according to FactorTrust’s Alternative Data Survey Results. Overall, the definition of alternative data was quite unanimous as “credit related data not found on the traditional three credit reports,” according to the June survey. For example, FactorTrust, LexisNexis, Clarity, TransUnion L2C, TransUnion TLO, Equifax, The Work Number (Verification […]
  • Huixin Deng
  • July 11, 2017
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Identifying the Dying Dealership: A Guide for Lenders

Do you know if a car dealership is doing well? Is it growing? Will it survive to next year? Auto finance companies must know. They spend marketing dollars and invest risk capital to do business with dealerships, so they need to know if a dealership will still be here tomorrow. A multi-year data study conducted […]
  • Josh Wortman
  • June 2, 2017
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3 Ways Lenders Can Utilize Alternative Data [VIDEO]

PLANO, Texas — Using alternative data solely for credit decisions “is a narrow view,” according to Daniel Parry, co-founder and chief executive of Praxis Finance. Lenders can also utilize alternative data to better manage other parts of the business, including in the collections process and to mitigate consumer fraud. Praxis has tested “virtually all of […]
  • Natalie Mattila
  • June 8, 2016
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4 Spot-On Resolutions for Auto Finance Execs in 2016

Did you make New Year’s resolutions yet? Here’s our input, AFN’s list of four spot-on resolutions that auto finance executives should take note of in 2016.   1. Keep Up with Interest Rates The Federal Reserve’s 0.25% rate hike in December will not immediately affect the auto finance industry, analysts say. That said, lenders should expect more […]
  • Diana Asatryan
  • January 5, 2016
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