Economic Trends

As Car Prices Hit the Roof, Shoppers Hope to Keep Payments at Ground Level

Posted on Sep 10 2015 by

Car Shopping

Financing my first car was a bittersweet feeling. I was thrilled at the thought of purchasing a new vehicle, yet I was dreading haggling the price with the dealer. As a millennial, I feared the rising prices for new cars, and knew that I needed to find a way to make the vehicle more affordable. That said, I decided to look at used cars.

Clearly, I’m not the only car shopper going through this experience. Many consumers are exploring new options to keep their monthly payments down, whether it’s extending the length of their loan, or turning to leases. Sometimes it’s both.


So Much Data, But Who Is Managing It?

Posted on Aug 04 2015 by

Data Management

Today’s data-driven world creates exciting new opportunities, but also new challenges. Many of us see the promise of being able to make more intelligent decisions by fully understanding our customers and the needs of the marketplace. There are data scientists that can do incredible analysis to give us new insights into areas we didn’t think were possible.


5 Credit “Don’ts” For Millennials

Posted on Jul 29 2015 by


Millennials, also known as Generation Y (ages 19-34) are now the largest segment of the U.S. population, and according to a recent Experian analysis, also take the title for being the least credit savvy when compared to previous generations. The study revealed that millennials’ average credit score is 625, and their average debt excluding mortgages is $26,485.


Identity Management in a Data-Driven World

Posted on Jul 16 2015 by

Addressing the issue of identity management has become a top priority for marketers. The fact is that their customers are represented by dozens of identities – both known and unknown – in today’s digital world.

According to new research published in our recently published 2015 Digital Marketer Report, linking identity data is now the #1 challenge for marketers around the world, up from fourth place just a year ago. Further, 89% of marketers report having challenges creating a single customer view.


Big Data Helps Find Opportunity with Small Business Start-ups

Posted on Jul 01 2015 by


If you were to survey American consumers whether or not they would like to be their own boss and successfully run their own business, I would imagine that a good majority would probably say yes. There is something empowering about the thought of setting your own hours and controlling your own destiny, but many people don’t actually take the steps to make that dream a reality.


Fraud-prevention Best Practices for Online Merchants to Use for 2015 Holiday Season

Posted on Jun 25 2015 by

Today, Experian’s global Fraud and Identity business released its analysis of client transaction data from the 2014 holiday season, showing an 80 percent reduction in the number of manual reviews among online merchants using the company’s fraud and identity products and services compared with the industry average. These results and other observations indicate that a customer-centric approach to fraud prevention would be more effective for many online merchants, leading the company to recommend five best practices for online merchants preparing for the 2015 holiday season.


Summer Study Finds Travelers Overspending, Left Open to Identity Theft Risks

Posted on Jun 17 2015 by

A recent study conducted by Experian showed that a majority of vacationers overspend their budgets and rely on credit cards to provide extra funds. At the extreme end, more than half of millennial vacationers (52 percent) lean heavily on their credit cards, racking up vacation debt they’ll be repaying long after their trip comes to an end.


Automotive Finance Data Signals Good Times for the Market

Posted on Jun 10 2015 by


Nowadays, whenever you hear news about the automotive industry, a negative tone tends to pop up. Whether it’s the increase in lending to subprime consumers, or the lengthening in loan terms, the stories lead one to believe that the industry is headed toward another “bubble.”

However, that’s not necessarily the case. When we look at the data, the automotive finance market actually demonstrates a strong industry as a whole.