Leveraging Alternative Data to Improve Financial Access

May 17, 2019 by Laura Burrows

Millions of consumers lack credit history and/or have difficulty obtaining credit from mainstream financial institutions. To ease access to credit for “invisible” and below prime consumers, financial institutions have sought ways to both extend and improve the methods by which they evaluate borrowers’ risk. This initiative to effectively score more consumers has involved the use of alternative credit data.1 Alternative credit data is FCRA-compliant data that is typically not included in a traditional credit report and is used to deliver a more complete view into a consumer’s creditworthiness. “Alternative credit data helps us paint a fuller picture of a consumer so they can get better access to the financial services they need and deserve,” said Alpa Lally, Vice President of Data Business at Experian.

Experian recently sponsored the FinovateSpring conference in San Francisco, where Alpa had a chance to sit down with Jacob Gaffney, Editor-in-Chief of the HousingWire News Podcast, to discuss ways consumers can improve their credit scores. As an immigrant, Alpa spoke personally about the impact of having a limited credit history and how alternative credit data can help drive greater access to credit for consumers and profitable growth for lenders through more informed lending decisions.

Highlights include:

  • How alternative and traditional credit data differ
  • Types of alternative credit data being used by lenders
  • How “credit-invisibles” can best leverage alternative credit data
  • Alternative credit data product solutions, including Experian BoostTM

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1When we refer to “Alternative Credit Data,” this refers to the use of alternative data and its appropriate use in consumer credit lending decisions, as regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Hence, the term “Expanded FCRA Data” may also apply in this instance and both can be used interchangeably.