On March 20, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) announced a proposed amendment to the Assessments, Dividends, Assessment Base and Large Bank Pricing Rule that it put forward in February 2011. The revised rule attempts to address lender concerns that they would be unable to comply with the new rule’s provisions, particularly the added requirement of reporting subprime and leveraged consumer loans.

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Being able to streamline the process and proactively match the right consumers to the right products will reduce acquisition costs. Consumers also benefit because it has no impact on their credit score.

Clients tell us the number one reason people abandon online applications is because they are worried they’ll be declined. What if you alleviate this concern by matching consumers to the product that best fits their credit profile at the start of the shopping process, greatly improving their chances of approval when they apply?

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Understanding some fundamental principles about credit cards will help your customers choose the best ones to carry in their purses or wallets.

There are three key issues to consider. First, is the account reported to Experian and the other national credit reporting companies? Second, is the account secured or unsecured? Third, what is the individual’s association with the account?

There are a number of different types of accounts for which a card may be issued. However, the account associated with the card must be reported to Experian in order for it to appear in a credit history and be included in credit score calculations.

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VantageScore® helps consistently measure a consumer’s creditworthiness across all bureau platforms.

The majority of lending decisions are based on custom scores developed and owned by individual creditors. Financial institutions view these custom scores as intellectual property, and they are rarely, if ever, disclosed to consumers. There also are various third-party scores that lenders use in the underwriting process that are implemented differently to assess a consumer’s creditworthiness.

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Income InsightSM and Income Insight W2SM, Experian’s income estimation models, were developed primarily to assist credit card lenders in assessing a consumer’s ability to pay to minimize the likelihood of extending credit beyond what the consumer can repay. However, as mentioned in a recent USA Today article, many other types of clients besides credit card lenders have found uses for income estimation models.

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