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The UK Government has designed BIIA member Creditsafe to receive credit information data on businesses (SMEs) from banks..  That is a first for the UK to give a commercial credit information company CRA status. Appointment follows call in Small Business Act 1 for credit reference agencies to be designated to receive credit data from banks Designation process underpins initiative to ... Read More »

LendingKart & Lenddo to Grow Financial Inclusion in India

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Ahmedabad-based startup, LendingKart joins hands with Singapore-based startup Lenddo and will use social media to evaluate borrower creditworthiness Ahmedabad-based startup, LendingKart joins hands with Singapore-based startup Lenddo and will use social media to evaluate borrower creditworthiness.  As part of the collaboration, the two companies will explore alternative credit scoring solutions based on non-financial data sources and expect to speedily improve ... Read More »

The Shrinking of the Big Data Promise


Markets do not have much patience for a commitment to techniques that don’t deliver. The Big Data success stories for predicting human behavior over long terms don’t bear scrutiny opines Cyber Security Intelligence. “Regression to the mean” is one of the subtlest concepts in statistical literacy, and yet it’s terribly simple. In plain English, “regression to the mean” is the idea ... Read More »

UK Companies House Offers Corporate Identity Theft Protection

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How the protected online filing (PROOF) scheme can help you prevent fraudulent changes to your company? UK Companies House offers an online filing protection service (PROOF) to prevent fraudulent changes to company registration data.  This free service lets you protect your company from unauthorised changes to your records. It prevents the filing of certain paper forms, including: changes to your ... Read More »

Kreditech Appoints Alexander Graubner-Mueller CEO

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Kreditech, a German based FinTech company, has announced today that Kreditech CEO Sebastian Diemer has chosen to transition from daily operations into a strategic role where he will focus on growth and innovation in addition to his ongoing Board participation. Co-Founder and CTO Alexander Graubner-Müller will assume the CEO position. “In three years, Alexander and I have built Kreditech into ... Read More »

CreditMantri’s B2B Foray, Funding and Future Plans

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Digital credit marketplace CreditMantri is venturing into the B2B space by launching a new technology tool for banks to evaluate the creditworthiness of borrowers.  The yet to be launched profiling engine gives banks a deeper understanding of the risk profile of borrowers that do not have a formal credit score, according to Ranjit Punja, co-founder & CEO of CreditMantri Finserv ... Read More »

Safety at the Workplace and Places of Social Gathering: Where Next? Paris Attacks Show Mumbai Strikes Are Global Blueprint

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Paris attacks show that 2008 Mumbai strikes have become global terror blueprint.  Cyber security at bay? Nearly three weeks ago a senior Indian intelligence official was lamenting about the death of an initiative that could have vastly improved India’s counter-terrorism capabilities. Worried at the lack of cooperation between security agencies, two key intelligence chiefs, the Intelligence Bureau’s Asif Ibrahim and ... Read More »

Harte Hanks Appoints Frank Grillo as New CMO

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Harte Hanks (NYSE: HHS) announced the appointment of Frank Grillo as its Chief Marketing Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Grillo, 50, a vice president of business marketing for CenturyLink since 2013, will join the Harte Hanks organization to focus on defined solutions for digital and data, and to raise the Company’s profile with external audiences and current and prospective clients. Mr. ... Read More »

CRIF Selects STS as Technology Partner for Jordan Credit Bureau


STS, the leading company providing complete all-round Information Technology (IT) solutions in Jordan and the region, recently announced the signing of an agreement with CRIF, a global company specializing in the development and management of credit reporting systems, business information services, and credit solutions.  The agreement is part of the project to bring the first private credit bureau to Jordan, ... Read More »

Equifax Announces Binding Agreement to Acquire Veda

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Equifax Announces Binding Agreement to Acquire Australia’s Leading Credit Information Company Veda Group Limited for USD$1.8 billion Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) (‘Equifax’) and Veda Group Limited (ASX: VED) (‘Veda’) have reached a binding agreement for Equifax to acquire all outstanding shares of the common stock of Veda for AUD$2.825 per share.  The Veda shares will be purchased for cash using ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Pricing Service Broadens its Pricing Content Offering with Marketplace Lending

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Collaboration with MountainView IPS Provides Evaluated Pricing for Hard-to-Value Loans Thomson Reuters announced the launch of evaluated pricing for Marketplace Lending – derived by Thomson Reuters Pricing Service (TRPS) and MountainView IPS – to assist fixed income investors and investment managers with third-party, fair market valuation and price verification for hard-to-value loans. The new offering will be part of the ... Read More »

LiveRamp™ Appoints Vincent Lim as Head of Talent and Richard Foster as UK Managing Director

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LiveRamp™, an Acxiom® company and leading provider of data onboarding and connectivity services, named former Google head of university recruiting Vincent Lim as head of talent, and appointed industry veteran Richard Foster as UK managing director. Both executives will be tasked with aggressively scaling LiveRamp to meet rising demand for open services that connect the digital marketing ecosystem. Lim will be ... Read More »

South Africa: Consumer Credit Index Declines in the 3rd Quarter, Indicative of a Weak Economy Consumers will Remain under Pressure

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TransUnion has released the latest South African Consumer Credit Index (CCI) report, which shows a decline in the index to 51.2 in the third quarter of 2015, down from a revised 53.6 in the second quarter. New account defaults and distressed borrowing levels have seen a marginal increase, although both indicators were relatively neutral and do not show either materially ... Read More »

Coface Country Risk Assessment:  The Risk of Contagion for other Asian Countries

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Coface held its annual Country Risk Conference in Hong Kong which attracted more than 300 people attending the event. Top economists and executives from Natixis, European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, Moody’s Investors Service, DBS Bank, The Hong Kong Exporters’ Association and Triumph International Services gave their insights on economic developments in major countries around the globe and shared ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Exploring Options for IP & Science Business

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Thomson Reuters announced it was exploring strategic options for its Intellectual Property & Science business, which had revenue of about $1 billion in 2014.  The business, which has 3,200 employees, provides intellectual property and scientific information and associated tools and services to governments, universities and companies. “While a few of IP & Science’s businesses operate at the intersection of global ... Read More »

Bureau van Dijk and Leadership Directories Team Up on Companies and Decision-Makers

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There is an increasing appetite for information on the people linked to companies. Bureau van Dijk (BvD) has signed a new agreement with Leadership Directories, Inc. (LDI) This new agreement also means that customers with access to both services can now use Orbis to research companies in detail, find individuals associated with companies as employees, on boards or in advisory ... Read More »

Gartner Business Intelligence, Analytics & Information Management Summit 2016


Information & Analytics Leadership: Empowering People with Trusted Data In our increasingly digital world, organizations that develop a robustly information-centric culture and the ability to recognize and manage information assets effectively will outpace the competition. Gartner Business Intelligence, Analytics & Information Management Summit 2016 will give you an in-depth understanding of the latest strategies, trends and tactics in IM, BI ... Read More »

The WAND Health Insurance Taxonomy – the Latest in the Insurance Industry Series

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In browsing through our Taxonomy Library Portal, you might have seen our WAND Insurance Taxonomy.  It is a good overall taxonomy covering the Insurance Industry.   However as a result of the Affordable Care Act and the massive changes to Health Insurance, we decided that it was time to expand that portion of the original taxonomy into a standalone taxonomy. The WAND Health Insurance ... Read More »