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Equifax and FICO launch new risk score

Robyn Hall

October 3, 2012

FICO, a provider of analytics and decision management technology, has teamed up with Equifax to create a new tool called FICO Credit Capacity Index, which is built on Equifax’s risk score, Risk Navigator 4.

The results of initial analysis have shown that UK card issuers could safely extend more credit to 15% more consumers on average.

The new solution from the Equifax-FICO alliance gives lenders an effective way to assess a consumer’s ability to manage additional credit.

It will allow issuers to take a forward-looking view of credit risk, enabling them to grow their customer portfolios without extending credit to consumers who will be unable to manage the additional debt.

Rick Odd, head of risk for current accounts and credit cards at HSBC, said: “We have tested the FICO Credit Capacity Index based on Equifax data, and we are impressed by the results.

“This is precisely the kind of innovation the UK banking industry needs to pursue profitable growth and continue to further enhance their commitment to responsible lending.

He added: “We are investigating how we could utilise this new metric in our lending strategies.”


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