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UK Country Risk Climate Post-Brexit: Growth Potential in Question

An independent study commissioned by Dun & Bradstreet has revealed a UK business community hesitant to commit to a future in the UK post-Brexit.  Overwhelmed by concerns about the future of their business once Article 50 is invoked, 19% of businesses have halted or slowed growth or expansion plans in the UK. While nearly half (49%) of senior financial decision makers admit their business is likely to ... Read More »

Forrester Anayzes the Data Privacy Landscape of 54 Countries; EU Comes Out On Top

The complexity of data privacy regulations varies from country to country. For example countries like China* and Paraguay lack many of the foundational regulations found in most other countries, while many in Europe have a deep commitment to protecting individuals’ right to data privacy. In its new data privacy heat map, Forrester dissected the complex data privacy landscape with an interactive map ... Read More »

LifeLock Launches Free Mobile App to Act as Personal Assistant

New App, IDENTITY, Takes the Hassle Out of Managing Credit Cards and Online Accounts LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE: LOCK) announced IDENTITY, a free mobile app which acts as a personal assistant to help manage online accounts. With just a few taps on a smartphone, IDENTITY empowers people to switch credit cards, update credit card information, and change an address to keep ... Read More »

Experian Launches Marketing Suite in India

Experian has launched its Experian Marketing Suite (EMS), an end-to-end marketing solution that enables brands to create and deliver authentic customer experiences across multiple channels, for Indian brands. EMS allows brands to identify and profile customers better, while providing added intelligence to gain a complete and current view of the customer. Paired with a flexible campaign management platform, EMS enables ... Read More »

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Alibaba to Build Credit System for SMEs

China’s top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission has teamed up with Alibaba to build a national credit system for small- and medium-sized enterprises. Millions of transactions take place on China’s largest e-commerce platform Alibaba every day leaving a trail of data.  The data will be integrated in a platform to promote credibility and transparency of SMEs in ... Read More »


Creditsafe Group, the Global Business Intelligence Experts, has today announced the appointment of Gertjan Kaart to its global management team, which will see him join as Group Chief Strategy Officer while also taking day-to-day responsibility for Creditsafe Netherlands where he will be Managing Director. With over 20 years’ experience in the business information industry, Gertjan has held Board positions at ... Read More »

Keep the Date: BIIA 2017 Biennial Conference Bangkok, Thailand October 19 and 20, 2017

BIIA invites business and credit information industry professionals to attend the BIIA 2017 biennial conference where we intend to discuss disruptive technologies  impacting our industry and the businesses of our customers.   Specifically we are inviting industry members from the consumer credit information, credit bureaus, registries, commercial credit information, SME rating agencies and the FinTech community to share their experiences ... Read More »

Experian: What Will the Data Breach Landscape Look Like in 2017?

Experian Data Breach Resolution releases its fourth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast with five key predictions While many companies have data breach preparedness on their radar, it takes constant vigilance to stay ahead of emerging threats and increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals. To learn more about what risks may lie ahead, Experian Data Breach Resolution releases its fourth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast white ... Read More »

ID Analytics Announces the Online Lending Network to Help Protect Consumers and Businesses

New Consortium to Enhance Responsible Lending Through Leveraging Collective Data Across the Industry ID Analytics LLC announced the launch of the Online Lending Network, a new consortium formed to enhance responsible lending, help protect consumers and businesses, and address credit and fraud risks. Founding members include Lending Club, Prosper Marketplace and Marlette Funding, as well as lenders representing online, marketplace, ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Employment Expectations at 17-Year High for Q1 2017

Businesses are expecting a strong start to 2017, with expectations for profit, employment and capital investment at multi-year highs. In Dun and Bradstreet’s October Business Expectations Survey, Australian companies also flagged higher selling prices and sales for the first quarter of 2017 compared to Q1 2016. According to Stephen Koukoulas, economics adviser to Dun and Bradstreet: “The economy is ending ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Releases New Quick Search Functionality with Answer Path from Thomson Reuters Checkpoint

Thomson Reuters has introduced a new search feature, Answer Path from Thomson Reuters Checkpoint, which helps tax professionals of all experience and ability levels find trusted answers in Checkpoint faster. Answer Path enhances existing Checkpoint search functionality by providing a shortcut to commonly searched federal tax topics. As a user starts to type keywords, Answer Path will show Quick Tax ... Read More »

CRIF and Bohai Credit enter into a strategic partnership to help solve the financing problems of Chinese enterprises

CRIF signed a collaboration agreement with Bohai Credit, a credit information company operating under HNA USOLV, a subsidiary of HNA Group, with the objective of building a supply chain finance platform to help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in China to access credit, and manage the high costs of financing and the risk of over-indebtedness. By capitalizing on CRIF’s solid ... Read More »

Comprehensive Credit Reporting: Almost a Million Australians Are Now Better Able To Access Credit

New study from Veda reveals that more than 930,000 people, who may have been financially excluded under negative credit reporting, now have a credit profile, thanks to Australia’s shift to Comprehensive Credit Reporting (CCR). The number of people building credit history is growing at a swift rate, according to Veda, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equifax. More complete credit profiles are proven ... Read More »

Alibaba’s Finance Arm Ant Says to Expand First in Asia

Ant Financial Services Group, the world’s biggest financial technology company, plans to focus its expansion plans in Asia before looking to go more global. Ant Financial will offer insurance and investment management products outside of China, senior vice president Douglas Feagin said at an event to mark a tie-up with a payment firm in Thailand. Feagin, a former Goldman Sachs ... Read More »

China UK Fintech Deal Set to Prompt new Expansion into London

Chinese financial technology companies, which are expanding into the UK at an unprecedented rate, will get additional support from a new agreement between China and Britain. The move to link the world’s two leading fintech hubs is expected to revolutionize global fintech growth, given that China is the top fintech market and the UK is a dominant fintech hub according ... Read More »

Foreign Investment in Russia Is Once Again on the Rise

After a long break caused by sanctions, the devaluation of the Ruble and the fall in the price of oil, foreign investment is returning to Russia. Credinform examines the reasons for the renewed foreign capital inflow. Picture 1. Foreign Direct Investment to Russia in US$ bn, – IQ 2012 – IIQ 2016 Source: Bank of Russia As illustrated by the ... Read More »

China Cross-border Trade Boosted with New Scheme

Greater Information Sharing between Chinese Government Institutions A trade credit incentive mechanism was jointly unveiled by Chinese authorities recently to promote the credibility and standard of Chinese enterprises in carrying out cross-border business and boost international trade. The General Administration of Customs, National Development and Reform Commission (NCRC) and Bank of China (BOC) jointly initiated the credit incentives program by ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Positive Sentiment amongst Credit Managers Declines in 2016

After five years of increasing optimism, positive sentiment amongst credit managers has taken a dip, with only 31 per cent of participants expecting future economic conditions to have a positive impact on businesses, down from 47 per cent in 2015. Released today to coincide with the 2016 Australian Institute of Credit Management (AICM) Conference, the Veda National Credit Managers Survey 2016 assesses ... Read More »