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Experian Consumer Services Launches Spanish-Language Credit Product

Posted on Oct 08 2014 by

Experian Consumer Services in association with Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, recently launched a Spanish-language, credit-focused product and online financial resource center for the U.S. Hispanic community called Crédito y Más.

The new product was developed to improve Hispanics access to credit education and resources. With Crédito y Más, consumers can check their credit score, receive a credit report, and have credit monitoring, among other benefits and access the information in Spanish or English. One of the most valuable features is the Centro de Información™, a robust resource center with articles, videos, financial calculators, a glossary of key credit terms and more.

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Experian® and Clear Channel Partnership Makes Waves

Posted on May 23 2014 by

Experian® is pleased to announce its partnership with Clear Channel and the premiere of its iHeart Radio show, Credit & Finance Talk with Experian, which is already gaining lots of listeners.

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Vision 2014: The first 24 hours after a data breach

Posted on May 15 2014 by

The first 24 hours of a Data Breach Response are the most critical and we have the most important seven steps to insure that your organization does not go off track.

A data breach of personal identity information or protected healthcare information is a breach of trust. Employees, patients, consumers or even partners are put at risk if their information is disclosed during a security incident.

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Vision 2014: A current look at commercial credit consortium data

Posted on May 15 2014 by

The Small Business Credit Share is a “give-to-get” data consortium in which members provide more detailed data about the performance of the accounts in their portfolios. In exchange for expanded contribution, members get exclusive access to enriched information that is deeper in content than what is available to standard Experian clients or through competitive credit share programs. They benefit from the more comprehensive reports, business credit scores, attributes, and reporting that are available. The Small Business Credit Share is open to all credit granting institutions, including financial institutions, companies that issue trade credit, telcos, utilities and others. The tradeline performance reporting from this broad swath of B2B companies helps drive the effectiveness of the products that are available to members. The Small Business Credit Share has firm qualification standards to insure consistent information and regular reporting guidelines are followed, to help protect the interests of all members.

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Experian Vision Conference Daily Roundup – Day 3

Posted on May 07 2014 by


Experian’ s Vision Conference in Dallas wrapped up today with the last round up breakout sessions and a keynote address from Texas legend Roger Staubach, Heisman Trophy winner, Super Bowl MVP and Executive Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas.

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Vision 2014: Experian Business Information Services and Moody’s Analytics Analyze the State of U.S. Small Business Credit

Posted on May 07 2014 by

Experian’s Business Information Services and Moody’s Analytics have been reporting on the health of small business credit on a quarterly basis since 2010, publishing the Small Business Credit Index report. In this joint session moderated by Brian Ward, Senior Director – Integrated Marketing,  Joel Pruis, Senior Business Consultant from Experian’s Global Consulting Practice and Moody’s Analytics Senior Director Cristian deRitis offered an in-depth analysis of business credit health across the United States.

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Experian Vision Conference Daily Roundup – Day 2

Posted on May 06 2014 by

Day two of Experian’s 33rd annual Vision 2014 Conference in Dallas included a full morning of education on topics related to the economy and the industry. Chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, Dr. James Paulsen kicked off today’s events delivering a powerful keynote address on the economic and financial outlook for the U.S.

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Experian Vision 2014 – Daily Roundup

Posted on May 06 2014 by


Experian kicked off its 33rd annual Vision 2014 Conference today in Dallas with the keynote address that attendees have been anticipating for months – President Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States and founder of The Clinton Foundation.

Although President Clinton addressed many topics in his talk including some of the important initiatives his foundation is spearheading, the theme centered around creative cooperation and the success that is achievable when people focus on their common goals.

Experian hosted 32 breakout sessions throughout the day for attendees. Experian thought leaders, clients and industry experts discussed how to achieve quality growth in a challenging economic and competitive environment.

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Welcome Message from Craig Boundy

Posted on May 05 2014 by

A welcome message to Vision attendees from Craig Boundy, CEO of Experian North America.

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Vision 2014: Regulatory requirements for model risk governance continue to evolve

Posted on May 05 2014 by

Is your organization prepared to meet these requirements?

Although some of the regulatory guidance on Model Risk Governance was released recently, it is nothing new and needs to be an integral and integrated part of an organization’s way of thinking, risk management and overall business strategy.

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Vision 2014: To Trust or not to Trust…

Posted on May 05 2014 by

To trust or not to trust is the ultimate question when it comes to online, card not present transactions. For e-commerce merchants and online shoppers it should be a two-way street. But far too often, a customer who should be trusted has a transaction wrongfully declined. This tarnishes their relationship with the merchant, the bank and the credit-card company, resulting in loss of revenues, interchange fees and most importantly, lifetime loyalty.

The impact of consumer action in the face of a decline can have real and measurable effects on all parties, including credit card companies, banks and merchants manifesting itself in lost revenues, lost fees and lost customer loyalty. In fact, in a recently commissioned independent survey by 41st Parameter, a part of Experian, 17% of consumers surveyed had an online transaction declined. That equals about $40 billion lost each year due to false positives… $40 billion that could be reclaimed.

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Vision 2014: The evolving landscape of customer management

Posted on May 05 2014 by

Increasingly Experian’s clients are questioning whether they are extracting full value from their data. There’s more data, more accessible analytic capability – there should be more value created. But this growing information asset needs to be harnessed by targeting it in the right way (generating the right insights) and having the processes to minimize the time from insight to action.

Technology and techniques need to be aligned to efficiently capture, analyze and action customer insight in a concerted way, with the customer view at the center of this activity. Understanding customers’ current circumstances, and the challenges & opportunities they are likely to encounter, can help us establish what they need right now and predict their future needs. Identifying life event triggers, and effectively actioning these triggers, can help us ensure that we’re maximizing the customer’s lifetime value with the right communications, with the right content, at the right time.

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Vision 2014: Know your enemy

Posted on May 05 2014 by

Gone are the days when news of a data breach was shocking. Today they have become all too common an occurrence. One of the most concerning issues around breaches is that many consumers’ digital identities are based on a single email address or username/password. With stolen identity data in hand, criminals can submit fraudulent mortgages, credit card applications, even create fake credit cards, in the names of thousands of unsuspecting victims. Regardless of how the data is used, one thing is certain: breaches pose serious dangers to consumers, retailers and financial institutions.

The need for customer-friendly fraud management is stronger than ever. A single layer of protection is simply ineffective as criminals are more efficient than ever in obtaining consumer identification details and compromising simple access credentials. While mobile technologies and the Internet itself have enabled consumers to have anytime access to their financial data, these advances are the very means by which criminals perpetrate fraud. And customer-friendly technologies and policies continue to outpace the controls and risk management.

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Vision 2014: Trends in commercial card and small business lending

Posted on May 05 2014 by

For small business owners, the bumpy ride continues. Not that things aren’t getting better; they are. Or at least, when you take a step back from the monthly assessments of small business optimism, and observe the trend lines over the last couple of years. But It’s the up and down, uneven nature of the monthly reporting that gives you this picture of a “she loves me, she loves me not” world small business owners must be living in. At least life isn’t boring.

From a lenders perspective, it may not be quite so erratic. The larger small businesses are providing good opportunities for lenders to provide new financing. Demand is growing, and that is a good thing. In addition, new forms of financing are growing in popularity. Alternative lenders are providing direct financing to small business owners, and providing competition for more traditional banks. Credit cards are being embraced more and more by small business owners, and provide some nice fringe benefits to owners. Extending payments, rewards programs, and just plain old convenience are among the benefits small business owners can enjoy by paying their vendors with a credit card. Not a bad way to go!

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Vision 2014: The new world of commercial lending

Posted on May 05 2014 by

In the early 1970’s a brilliant engineer/inventor/music lover designed a credit card sized electronic music player.  Early prototypes and models of this small music player received the accolades of “the most radical music system ever” from the audio industry.  Many of you may think I am talking about Steve Jobs – well I am not. […]

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Vision 2014: Customer acquisitions in a changing digital landscape

Posted on May 05 2014 by

4000! Consumers view over 4000 ads per day. As a result they are overwhelmed with information and opt not to see what could be waiting for them. The best way to grab the consumer’s attention and CLOSE the sale is to target them with content directly related to their interests. This is not an easy task, but Experian can help lenders stay above the noise and drive relevant traffic to their websites. We can turn a site visit into a credit qualified lead and ultimately a high-quality booked account – cutting through the “junk” that drags down your portfolio’s performance.

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Greatest Generation Earns More Bragging Rights

Posted on Nov 25 2013 by

This guest post is by Gail Cunningham, Vice President of Membership and Public Relations.

Experian’s recent State of Credit Study revealed that The Greatest Generation has something else to brag about: responsibly managing credit. And that’s no small achievement considering that some of these folks have 50 or more years of credit history under their belt. That’s a lot of on-time payments.

If you fall into the 65+ age bracket, congratulations! You’ve done a lot right. Now let’s keep a good thing going. Here are some tips to help you stay financially healthy moving forward:

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Why Does Generation X Have Lifestyle Envy?

Posted on Nov 22 2013 by

This guest post is from Ted Jenkin, CFP®. Ted is co-CEO of oXYGen Financial and is a top ranked personal finance blogger (www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com). He is a regular contributor to Investment News, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

It’s official. For years and years everyone has labeled my generation (Generation X) the slacker generation. We were the ones that really started on the video game revolution with games like Pong and Atari and now we have relegated ourselves to worst in class when it comes to overall debt.

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Millennials Can Use the Power of Credit Cards for Good

Posted on Nov 21 2013 by

This guest post from Erin Lowry. Erin is the founder of Broke Millennial, where her sarcastic sense of humor entertains and educates her peers about finances. Erin lives and works in New York City, so she’s developed quite the knack for finding deals and free events.

At the tender age of 18 I opened a letter from my bank to find my first credit card. I peeled the card off the letter and took a moment to stare in awe at this powerful little piece of plastic that suddenly offered me access to money.

This was 2007, pre-Credit CARD Act of 2009, when all a college student had to do to get a credit card was head down to the local back — or in some ghastly cases walk through vendor tables set up during orientation days. Students scribbled down their information in exchange for a free t-shirt or water bottle and gleefully received plastic cards that seemingly offered “free money.”

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State of Credit 2013 [Infographic]

Posted on Nov 20 2013 by

The Fourth Annual State of Credit report is Experian’s comprehensive look at nationwide data to determine how four different generations are managing their debts by analyzing their credit scores, the number of credit cards they have, how much they are spending on those cards and the occurrence of late payments.

Additionally, credit scores were examined in Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) to provide the 10 highest and 10 lowest credit scores in each generation across the nation. The study creates an opportunity for consumers to better understand how credit works so they can make informed financial decisions and live credit smart even in the face of national economic challenges.

Check out the full infographic.

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What do Baby Boomers and millennials have in common?

Posted on Nov 20 2013 by

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This guest post is from Donna Freedman (@DLFreedman). Donna is a former newspaper journalist and staff writer for MSN Money and Get Rich Slowly. Currently she writes for Money Talks News and for her own website, donnafreedman.com.

What do Baby Boomers and millennials have in common? Stereotyping, retirement issues and, sometimes, a residence.

About that last: According to a Pew Research Center study called “The Boomerang Generation,” 29% of adults aged 20 to 34 live with their folks. Which leads us to a two-pronged stereotype: Boomers were overly indulgent parents who never let their kids suffer even a moment of The Sadz, which is why millennials are such an entitled, failure-to-launch cadre.

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Experian Provides 80,000 free memberships to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling®, the nation’s largest financial counseling organization

Posted on Nov 14 2013 by

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) and Experian® jointly announced today that Experian committed 80,000 free, 12-month memberships to its freecreditscore.comTM product, in support of the NFCC’s Sharpen Your Financial Focus™ program.

The NFCC program, launched in September of this year, includes a broad cross-section of supporters – Experian and others – who are committed to increasing the financial well-being of Americans.

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