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Equifax India, IFC Partner to Provide Credit Data on SHGs

Credit information company Equifax India signed an agreement with International Financial Corporation (IFC) to deepen coverage of self-help group (SHG) member data in credit bureaus. The agreement will promote financial inclusion and access to funds for women from lower income groups by facilitating integration of SHG borrower data with credit bureaus. “The initiative will increase the number of borrower profiles ... Read More »

ID Analytics’ Study Finds Use of Alternative Credit Scoring Can Increase Financial Inclusion

Study Finds Lenders Using Only Traditional Credit Scores Are Turning Away Credit-Worthy Consumers A new study released today by ID Analytics LLC, a leader in consumer risk management, finds that using alternative credit scores for safe lending can dramatically increase the number of individuals that are considered eligible for credit. Through the use of alternative scores, lenders are able to ... Read More »

Credit Myths, Busted: TransUnion Tackles Credit Confusion in Annual Survey

TransUnion® released its third annual credit literacy survey, exploring the state of U.S. consumer credit knowledge. The 2017 Myths vs. Facts Survey revealed consumers remain misinformed about many fundamental aspects of credit scoring, reporting and building, and lack basic information about the factors that impact a credit score. With the average VantageScore hovering at 645 in the United States, according to data from TransUnion’s ... Read More »

Financial Inclusion at its Best: Nova Credit Launching from Y Combinator to Give Immigrants Access to U.S. Credit

Meet the World’s First Cross-border Consumer Credit Reporting Agency. Access to credit and establishing a credit history aren’t a luxury for people living in the US, they’re a necessity. A credit score is required to rent most apartments, get credit cards, and essentially make a way in the modern American world But for millions of immigrants (roughly 15 million) landing ... Read More »

Equifax and Junior Achievement Americas Expand Financial Inclusion Program in Latin America, Reaching Thousands of Adolescents and Parents with Positive Message About Credit

‘EduACCIÓN Financiera’ program available in six countries in Latin America with a focus on having a deep impact on the financial future of families and students Equifax announced plans to expand its unique, regional financial inclusion and financial education program, ‘EduACCIÓN Financiera’ in tandem with Junior Achievement Americas, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship ... Read More »

BIIA in Action: B20 Publishes Summit Report

BIIA is an active member of B20 activities (the Business Part of the G20) such as the Digitation Task Force and the Cross-thematic Group on SMEs as previously reported by in recent BIIA Newsletters.   B20 Summit Report On May 2nd and 3rd, 2017 the B20 Summit was held in Berlin. Over 700 guests from the G20 countries and beyond ... Read More »

Did Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Kill Financial Inclusion?

Banking and Blockchain: Why We Need an AML/KYC Safe Harbor Steven Hopkins is chief operating officer and general counsel of Medici Ventures, an Overstock subsidiary focused on the advancement of blockchain technology. In this opinion piece, Hopkins discusses issues with the global AML and KYC requirements placed on banks, concluding that, while this is encouraging blockchain innovation, more legal clarity is ... Read More »

CEO Of Chinese Fintech Firm Creditease On the Future Of P2P Lending In China

Bridging the gap between China’s shadow banking and traditional banking sectors, CreditEase is an online lending and investment platform that represents the increasing importance of the Chinese fintech industry. The firm was started in 2006 by CEO Ning Tang, who attended the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing and worked on Wall Street prior to founding his company. Sara Hsu met ... Read More »

US Risk Climate: Small Business Owners Remain Optimistic

A surge in small business optimism that started last November was continued in March, according to the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index. Though the index slipped slightly, it still posted a strong reading, with gains in actual earnings, capital expenditure plans and job-creation plans. Sales expectations, however, dropped eight points, signaling that the index could ... Read More »

Kreditech Russia Achieves Microfinance Company Status

Kreditech Group’s subsidiary, LLC MFC “Kreditech Rus”, received the status of a Microfinance Company (MFC) on March 27, 2017 from the Central Bank of Russia. A new federal law in Russia aims to make the microfinance market transparent and understandable. It therefore requires the MFC status for all alternative lending companies operating in the country. As a Microfinance Company, Kreditech Russia ... Read More »

Financial Inclusion:  Nepalese Credit Unions Rebuilt

Financial Inclusion was restored in Nepal by rebuilding local credit unions following Nepal’s worst earthquake in 80 years.  Thus hope has been restored to the country’s credit unions, known as Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOS). Nearly 9,000 lives were lost and more than 900,000 homes damaged in the earthquake. The Nepal Federation of Saving and Credit Cooperative Union Limited (NEFSCUN) estimates ... Read More »

Credit Bureau Cambodia Expands Database

The credit histories of about 400,000 borrowers were added to its database last year, raising the number to slightly more than 4 million in credit bureau database, Credit Bureau Cambodia Interim CEO Mr. Oeur Sothearoath says at the bureau’s newly opened office in Vattanac Capital. All of this data is stored on Power7 servers and managed locally with international expertise ... Read More »

Financial Inclusion: Cibil TransUnion to Assist Borrowers Get the Best Loan

India’s first credit information company, TransUnion Cibil, with the launch of Cibil Marketplace will assist the borrowers to get the most appropriate loans available, on the basis of the borrower’s credit scores and history, in a bid to stay ahead in competition with other online retail loan aggregators. At present, Cibil offers retail loans like personal loans, credit cards, loan ... Read More »

Keep the Date: BIIA 2017 Biennial Conference Bangkok, Thailand October 18 to 20, 2017

BIIA Biennial Conference 2017

BIIA invites its members from the business and credit information industry, users of information services, government policy makers and regulators to attend the BIIA 2017 Biennial Conference, where we intend to discuss disruptive technologies  impacting our industry and the businesses of our customers. Venue: The Okura Prestige Hotel, Bangkok Thailands October 18, 2017: 13:00 hrs:  Registration opens 17:00  hrs: Membership ... Read More »

Russian Risk Climate:  State Financial Support and Improving Information Transparency will Facilitate SME Access to Favorable Funding

«Program 6.5%». The Russian Corporation for the Development of Small and Medium Sized Businesses launched, in 2015, a funding program in association with 31 banks.  The program entails the provision of funding in the range of US$ 175,000 to US$ 17,500,000 at an interest rate of 10.6% for small businesses and 9.6% for medium businesses.  This compares favorably with current ... Read More »

Consumer Credit Behavior: Hong Kong Credit Card Holders Least Aware of the Impact on Credit Score if they just Pay the Minimum, Survey Reveals

Hong Kong credit card holders were the least certain about the importance of paying more than the minimum balance on their monthly statement, according to a survey conducted by an international credit information company.  In Hong Kong, 41 per cent of credit card holders were unsure about the benefits of paying above the minimum balance, according to a consumer credit ... Read More »