Earlier this month, Experian joined the nation’s largest community of online lenders at LendIt Fintech USA 2019 in San Francisco, CA to show over 5,000 attendees from 50 countries the ways consumer-permissioned data is changing the credit landscape.
Experian Consumer Information Services Group President, Alex Lintner, and FICO Chief Executive Officer, Will Lansing, delivered a joint keynote on the topic of innovation around financial inclusion and credit access. The keynote addressed the analytical developments behind consumer-permissioned data and how it can be leveraged to responsibly and securely extend credit to more consumers. The session was moderated by personal finance expert, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, from The Money Coach.
“Consumer-permissioned data is not a new concept,” said Lintner. “All of us are on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The information on these platforms is given by consumers. The way we are using consumer-permissioned data extends that concept to credit services.”
During the keynote, both speakers highlighted recent company credit innovations. Lansing talked about UltraFICO™, a score that adds bank transaction data with consumer consent to recalibrate an existing FICO® Score, and Lintner discussed the newly launched Experian Boost™, a free, groundbreaking online platform that allows consumers to instantly boost their credit scores by adding telecommunications and utility bill payments to their credit file.
“If a consumer feels that the information on their credit files is not complete and that they are not represented holistically as an applicant for a loan, then they can contribute their own data by giving access to tradelines, such as utility and cell phone payments,” explained Lintner.
There are approximately 100 million people in America who do not have access to fair credit, because they are subprime, have thin credit files, or have no lending history. Subprime consumers will spend an additional $200,000 over their lifetime on the average loan portfolio. Credit innovations, such as Experian Boost and UltraFICO not only give consumers greater control and access to quality credit, but also expand the population that lenders can responsibly serve while providing a differentiated and competitive advantage.
“Every day, our data is used in one million credit decisions; 350 million per year,” said Lintner. “When our data is being used, it represents the consumers’ credit reputation. It needs to be accurate, it needs to be timely and it needs to be complete.”
Following the keynote, Experian, FICO, Finicity and Deserve joined forces in a breakout panel to dive deeper into the concept of consumer-permissioned data. Panel speakers included Greg Wright, Chief Product Officer at Experian’s Consumer Information Services; Dave Shellenberger, Vice President of Product Management at FICO; Nick Thomas, Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer at Finicity, and Kalpesh Kapadia, Chief Executive Officer at Deserve.
“As Alex described in today’s keynote, consumer-permissioned data is not a new concept,” said Greg Wright. “The difference here is that Experian, FICO and Finicity are applying this concept to credit services, working together to bring consumer-permissioned data to mass scale, so that lenders can reach more people while taking on less risk.”
For an inside look at Experian and FICO’s joint keynote, watch the video below, or visit Experian.com and boost your own credit score.