4/8/2015SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 2, 2015 — FICO (NYSE:FICO), LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, and Equifax (NYSE: EFX) today described details of a pilot program currently underway. The pilot program allows 12 of the largest credit card issuers in the U.S. to use alternative data to identify creditworthy individuals who would otherwise be unlikely to obtain traditional credit.Based on extensive research, FICO’s data scientists found that alternative data such as property records, telecommunications and utility information can reliably be used to score 15 million consumers who do not have enough credit data to generate FICO scores. By using alternative data from LexisNexis and Equifax, FICO will give card issuers a FICO® Score that complies with relevant regulations that they can use to extend credit responsibly to millions of additional people. "Working with Equifax and LexisNexis, we set out to help unbanked, under-banked and disadvantaged people gain equal access to the standard credit products enjoyed by millions of Americans," said Jim Wehmann, FICO’s executive vice president for Scores. "We’re excited by our pilot program’s strong results thus far. FICO’s focus is on expanding access to credit; not simply scoring more people. Our approach also addresses a paradox for people seeking their first traditional credit product – you often need a credit history before you can get traditional credit."The data used in FICO’s pilot program includes telecommunications and utility bills from Equifax as well as property and public records from LexisNexis. This new FICO Score is engineered to work alongside existing FICO® Scores. Card issuers will be able to use the alternative score without having to "rip and replace" existing systems, significantly lowering the cost and accelerating time to market. "Card issuers are seeking opportunities to safely expand access to credit based on new data sources that are reliable, compliant and predictive and we have received an incredible response to this pilot program," said Rick Trainor, CEO, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Business Services. "LexisNexis data, which the financial services industry has trusted for more than 40 years, provides additional insights about creditworthiness that can help bring millions of consumers into the financial mainstream.""The best-in-class telecommunications and utility data available only from Equifax shows that unbanked consumers who, for example, make regular, on-time payments to wireless carriers, may be creditworthy and reliable customers," said Joy Wilder Lybeer, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Alliances, Equifax. "We want to help card issuers identify as many additional creditworthy people as possible, so as to work toward a more financially inclusive and responsible borrowing environment."FICO is planning to complete the pilot program in the coming months, and expects to make the score based on alternative credit data available to more lenders later this year. Card issuers who are interested in learning more about FICO’s work with alternative data may contact FICO at FICOScoreInfo@FICO.com.
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LexisNexis Risk Solutions harnesses the power of data and advanced analytics to provide insights that help businesses and governmental entities reduce risk and improve decisions to benefit people around the globe. We provide data and technology solutions for a wide range of industries including insurance, financial services, healthcare and government. Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we have offices throughout the world and are part of RELX Group (LSE: REL/NYSE: RELX), a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. RELX is a FTSE 100 company and is based in London. For more information, please visit www.risk.lexisnexis.com and www.relx.com.
FICO (NYSE: FICO) is a leading analytics software company, helping businesses in 90+ countries make better decisions that drive higher levels of growth, profitability and customer satisfaction. The company’s groundbreaking use of Big Data and mathematical algorithms to predict consumer behavior has transformed entire industries. FICO provides analytics software and tools used across multiple industries to manage risk, fight fraud, build more profitable customer relationships, optimize operations and meet strict government regulations. Many of our products reach industry-wide adoption. These include the FICO® Score, the standard measure of consumer credit risk in the United States. FICO solutions leverage open-source standards and cloud computing to maximize flexibility, speed deployment and reduce costs. The company also helps millions of people manage their personal credit health.
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