One in four auto loans are now nonprime or subprime

Posted on Sep 16 2012 by

Loans to customers in the nonprime, subprime and deep-subprime credit risk tiers accounted for more than one in four new vehicle loans in Q2 2012. With 25.41 percent of all new vehicle loans opened by customers in the nonprime, subprime and deep-subprime credit risk tiers, loans for this group were up 14 percent when compared […]


Credit scores for new mortgage originations shift higher

Posted on Sep 09 2012 by

Mortgage delinquencies continued to reach multi-year lows with the delinquency rate for those 60 plus days past due falling to 4.68 percent in Q2 2012 compared to 5.04 percent for the same quarter last year. The decline may be the result of lenders further tightening their criteria, as the average VantageScore® credit score for consumers […]


Credit union grows its mortgage loan portfolio through automated daily triggers program

Posted on Sep 02 2012 by

With mortgage interest rates at historic lows, the risk of attrition and its impact on ongoing revenue has become a paramount concern for credit unions. By implementing an automated trigger program as part of its member retention efforts, one credit union was able to improve retention rates and grow its portfolio – achieving a return […]


How does a foreclosure affect a credit score versus a short sale?

Posted on Aug 27 2012 by

When it comes to short sales, a status of “account paid in full for less than full balance” or “settled” will still have a negative impact on a credit score because it means the debt was not paid in full as agreed. According to VantageScore Solutions LLC, a mortgage loan settled through a short sale […]


Auto loan volumes rise as delinquencies continue to decline

Posted on Aug 19 2012 by

Total balances of automotive loan portfolios rose for all types of lending organizations in Q2 2012, reaching $682 billion, compared with $646 billion in Q2 2011. Despite this strong growth, overall loan balances still lag behind prerecession levels. In Q2 2007, outstanding loan balances reached $701 billion. The average 30 and 60 day delinquency rate […]


Economy shows signs of stalling, while small-business credit improves

Posted on Aug 13 2012 by

The Experian/Moody’s Analytics Small Business Credit Index edged up 0.9 points in Q2 2012, to 104.1 from 103.2. High-level findings from the Q2 report show that credit quality will be slow to improve in coming months, and threats to consumer confidence and spending have become more prominent. Business confidence is in line with an economy […]


A percentage of subprime borrowers are actually prime or near-prime

Posted on Aug 07 2012 by

Some borrowers who are deemed subprime by traditional credit scoring criteria are actually quite creditworthy and are identified as prime or near-prime consumers when using the more inclusive VantageScore®. Based on a VantageScore Solutions’ study of infrequent users of credit, 15.5 percent were found to have either prime or super-prime risk. In addition, among new […]


Study highlights consumer perspectives on data breach notification letters

Posted on Aug 01 2012 by

Consumers want to hear about data breaches – Eighty five percent of respondents in a recent study say learning about the loss of their data is pertinent to them. However, when they do, 72 percent indicated that they are dissatisfied with the notification letters they receive. Companies need to take note of these findings because […]


Florida tops list with highest rate of identity theft complaints

Posted on Jul 31 2012 by

2011 was the 12th consecutive year that identity theft topped the list of FTC consumer complaints. Florida had the highest rate of complaints, followed by Georgia and California. Rank State Complaints per 100,000 population 1 Florida 179 2 Georgia 120 3 California 104 Learn how to detect and manage fraud activity while meeting regulatory requirements. […]


The FDIC’s definition for assessing subprime is changing

Posted on Jul 27 2012 by

The FDIC has proposed a new rule that will change the way large lenders define and calculate risk for their FDIC Deposit Insurance Assessment. The revised definitions in the proposed rule rely on “probability of default” and eliminate all references to the traditional three-digit credit score used to calculate subprime exposure — changing the way […]