The Impact of Synthetic Identity Fraud… By the Numbers

What is synthetic identity fraud? Synthetic identity fraud occurs when fraudsters create new, fictitious identities by using different components of real identities – such as a name from one person, an address from another place, or the Social Security number (SSN) of a minor or deceased individual.  Fraudsters attempt to gain credit with the fictitious [Read More…]

SPOTLIGHT: Neural Networks for Next Level Performance

Data Scientists: Do you love the new machine learning techniques but still can’t wrap your head around how to explain your results? Have you been wondering how to use the latest machine learning techniques to generate better scores and increase the profitability for your organization? There is now a way to do this, while still [Read More…]

How Fraudsters Are Using Synthetic Identities

Pathways to Synthetic Identity Fraud Fabricated social security numbers (SSNs) and authorized user abuse are the two main pathways into synthetic identity fraud.  Fraudsters can build synthetic identities by creating a fake SSN or obtaining/stealing a real SSN and adding non-matching identifying information such as name, date of birth, and address.  Perpetrators often prefer to [Read More…]

New Trends in Wealth Management Promise to Help Financial Advisors Grow their Book of Business

Over the past year, Equifax met with nearly 20 leading financial institutions to better understand key challenges faced in Wealth Management. We heard consistent feedback when it comes to financial advisors: When an advisor meets a new prospect, they have no easy way to determine client potential. These advisors are frustrated with the current state [Read More…]

Can a new machine-learning technology transform credit assessment?

Data experts are excited about its potential Algorithms. Logistic regression. Both tried and true analytical methods. Yet, as much as these technologies have transformed key business processes such as lending, risk and credit assessment, new developments are getting the data scientists of the world really excited, and for good reason. Think: neural networks. It’s the [Read More…]

New Tax Cuts: Immediate Impact to Credit Expected?

As economists, we study the historical impacts of natural disasters, changes in government policy or actions by central banks so that we can make an educated ‘guess’ as to how the economy might respond to similar situations in the future. The new change in federal tax law is one such example. As part of our [Read More…]

3 Ways “Good Enough” Analytics May Be Hurting Your Financial Services Organization

Most financial services organizations already have adopted data and advanced analytics strategies. They typically use data to identify potential customers, segment customers using existing data sets, and implement retention programs. But alternative financial institutions, including online competitors, are turning up the pressure on the rest of the industry. In the face of competition from these [Read More…]

Early Payment Performance: Changing standards?

Assessing early payment performance on recent vintages for key tradelines provides a good barometer for lending conditions in the current economic climate. Segmenting and analyzing tradelines by origination quarter (vintage) helps lenders better understand portfolio performance in historical context. Examining the portfolio in this manner helps identify trends and uncover potential reasons for changes in [Read More…]

2017 Resource Round-Up: Insights at Your Fingertips

Ready access to valuable insights delivered to your inbox in 2017 Equifax shares a number of resources created to help you grow and protect your business 2017 was an eventful year across the financial services industry. As we prepare for the year ahead, we wanted to provide a look-back at the many resources created to [Read More…]

Household debt is creeping up. Cause for alarm? Not yet.

The latest U.S. Economic and Credit Trends Outlook webinar from Equifax featured guest speaker Cristian deRitis, Senior Director at Moody’s Analytics. In addition to the customary review of recent economic and consumer credit trends delivered by Equifax Chief Economist, Amy Crews Cutts, Cris presented a consumer credit forecast for 2018. Today’s post highlights a portion [Read More…]