About Kristine Snyder

Website: http://experian.com

Profile: With a strong background in consumer, business-to-business and high-tech public relations, Kristine Snyder brings more than 17 years and a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise to Experian’s U.S. Credit Services Decision Analytics (CSDA) business. Throughout her career, Kristine has worked for large corporations such as Hewlett Packard, Canon and Epson America, Inc., as well as public relations agencies where she led multiple accounts including the Samsung Electronics ITD account. Snyder graduated from the University of West Virginia, where she earned a B.S. in Journalism and a minor in English.

Posts by Kristine Snyder

Why FinCon Matters to Me and to Experian

Posted on Oct 14 2015 by


I am part of a community that completely energizes me, makes me believe that there are good people in the world and that makes me want to be better. Over the course of four days in September, my co-workers and I were transported into the world of self-proclaimed “money media nerds” at FinCon, the Financial Influencers conference, where people share thoughts, best practices and update one another on the latest trends. FinCon is THE annual event for the financial media community.


Listen to the Data: What You Need to Know About Your HELOC End of Draw Period

Posted on May 27 2015 by


The last decade was a tumultuous financial period for Americans.

In the mid-to-late 2000s, economic activity declined rapidly and marked the largest downturn since the Great Depression. It is estimated that Americans lost nearly $16 trillion of net worth during this time. To make matters worse, unemployment rates doubled. The booming U.S. housing market plummeted along with the stock market which caused a chain reaction in exposing significant flaws within the financial ecosystem.


Top Mobile Banking Trends

Posted on Dec 17 2014 by

The world of mobile devices is constantly changing—everything is faster, bigger and better, and consumers have become more savvy and discerning about the features and benefits that make their lives more convenient, and in many cases, more manageable.

I use my phone to do everything from simple tasks like checking email or Facebook, to downloading coupons, buying movie and concert tickets, to checking my bank balance and making deposits on the fly (which is such a great feature).


State of Credit 2014

Posted on Nov 18 2014 by

Experian unveiled its fifth annual State of Credit report today, which provides a snapshot of consumers’ credit scores broken out nationally and by local market.

This year’s findings show that the nation’s average VantageScore has improved by two points since last year, coming in at 666. In the city listings, Mankato, MN takes the top spot with a VantageScore of 706 and Greenwood, MS residents have the lowest score of 609 in the study. While the report gives residents of certain cities reason to celebrate their higher scores, the study isn’t meant make the lower cities sing the blues. These types of data-driven insights are meant to help consumers — to give them a reason to be interested in credit, to want to understand and improve their financial well-being, and to become a more savvy credit user and manager.


Experian #FinCon14: Thoughts on the expo, our Plutus win and beignets

Posted on Oct 01 2014 by

Just a little over a week ago, I was in New Orleans surrounded by interesting, engaging and financially-savvy people with a common interest.

All of these people were brought together for FinCon Expo, which took place from September 18-21. It was not only a tremendous financial media community networking event, it was an opportunity to learn, grow and find inspiration.

From the Experian perspective, it was an opportunity to further build and focus on our social channels as a way to reach consumers and provide education and dialog around credit and financial empowerment. The two-day conference featured an expo hall where one could score some great information (along with some cool swag), keynote sessions that were led by powerful speakers like Jeff Goins, Farnoosh Torabi and Chris Ducker, and a full daily schedule packed with educational sessions and panel discussions (and of course, a lot of beignets served along the way).


Perspectives on Debt and Education

Posted on Sep 09 2014 by

The following article is a guest post from Paul Combe, President and CEO of Boston-based American Student Assistance.

According to recent Experian research, student loans were the only type of consumer debt to increase during the recession, growing 84 percent from 2008 to 2014. Today, 40 million Americans carry college loans. The average borrower has nearly four different student loans for a total of $29,000.

Keeping track of multiple loan payments and high debt can mean a rough financial start for newly minted college graduates. Evidence is mounting that student debt could be getting in the way of our economic recovery, as growing numbers of millennials delay forming their own households under the weight of their student debt burden.


Big cities, big debt? [Infographic]

Posted on May 01 2014 by

Debt is often thought of as a scary word and many spend their lives trying to avoid it at all costs. Understanding what credit is, why you need it and how to build it can help make it less frightening and can actually put you in control. Debt doesn’t have to be a four-letter word.

To wrap up Financial Literacy Month, Experian released a study this week that takes an in depth look at debt and credit scores in the 20 largest cities across the U.S. and compares the numbers to where these cities were four years ago. The findings show that Detroit residents have the least amount of debt, while the residents of Dallas have the most.


A Glimpse at the Largest Metropolitan Areas’ State of Credit [Infographic]

Posted on Nov 27 2013 by

Experian’s fourth annual State of Credit features nationwide data on how four different generations are managing their debts. To provide a more detailed picture of how the nation is faring, we also analyzed over 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

Below are two snapshots of average credit scores and debt for the largest metropolitan areas. This study is an opportunity for consumers to better understand how credit works so they can make more informed financial decisions and live credit smart even in the face of national economic challenges. View our interactive map to learn more.