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Machine Learning Meets Credit Scoring: How it Can Help Reduce Loan Delinquency Costs

In a previous analysis, we laid out the machine learning process we conducted for Destacame.cl, an investee of the Catalyst Fund, which provides alternative credit scoring to underbanked consumers in Latin America. For a firm like Destacame.cl, the investment in predictive algorithms for credit scoring is a no-brainer. It is an inherent part of their digital product and data-driven business model, and can be seamlessly incorporated.

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Note to Banks: You Won!
Lending Times , an online publication that specializes in writing about Fintech lenders, reported the following: “In a pessimistic new report, researchers from Morgan Stanley have concluded that while Fintech companies style themselves as disruptors they will do more to strengthen than undermine incumbents in the long term.” The Morgan Stanley...
The Blockchain Will Do to the Financial System What the Internet Did to Media
Even years into the deployment of the internet, many believed that it was still a fad. Of course, the internet has since become a major influence on our lives, from how we buy goods and services, to the ways we socialize with friends, to the Arab Spring, to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Yet, in the 1990s, the mainstream press scoffed when...
Open Sesame! Give Me Some Credit
In the story of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, the magical word “sesame” was used to open the seal of a cave where Ali Baba found hidden treasure. In China today, the same word is connected to another kind of magic, one that reveals hidden identities of the socially and economically disadvantaged. Sesame Credit (“芝麻信用” in Mandarin) is a product...
Fintech Tools That Can Change The World Of Finance
Fintech, or financial technology, is rapidly gaining ground with consumers as a more accessible alternative to traditional payment and banking systems offered by financial firms. As new fintech tools and software emerge to disrupt the established model, financial services are improving, offering enhanced efficiency, speed and accountability...
To Understand the Future of the Financial Services Industry, We Must Look Beyond FinTech
While businesses are catching up with the rise of e-commerce and the mobile-first world, physical interfaces altogether are gradually falling into obsolescence. The year 2017 gives strong reasons to believe that working on the enhancement of the experience with any physical interface could be a wasteful attempt to better feed a horse instead of...
Banks and their partners need to face up a set of realities to manage successfully
Sometimes it is valuable to rethink basic assumptions and hopes to consider the reality of working within a bank or credit union. Example: Small Business. The small business segment offers exceptional economic value to banks. We work with one small business-focused bank whose customers provide deposits that exceed loans by 5X. That allows the bank...
Frictionless Finance with FinTech
Larry Summers, former director of the National Economic Council for President Barack Obama, writes a regular column in The Financial Times. His latest piece is his take on FinTech, which has the main headline that FinTech is taking away frictions in finance. Yep. The frictions are illustrated by things like interchange fees, the length of time it...
How to Predict If a Borrower Will Pay You Back
Recently, three economists—Oded Netzer and Alain Lemaire, both of Columbia, and Michal Herzenstein of the University of Delaware—looked for ways to predict the likelihood of whether a borrower would pay back a loan. The scholars used data from Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending site. Potential borrowers write a brief description of why they need a...
External financing - should SMEs take the leap?
The UK’s rapidly expanding small business sector is something of a sleeping giant, with young companies in need of better access to finance to kick-start their growth. Early-stage start-ups are reasonably well catered for in the funding stakes, but as they reach the development capital stage – with a viable, revenue- generating concept and a clear...
Small business, big attraction: Can small business banking be personal?
Small businesses have long mystified banks. They make up an overwhelming 99 percent of all businesses—yes, 99 percent—and employ close to half of all workers. They generate more than 60 percent of the private sector’s net new jobs. Yet despite the critical role small businesses play in the economy, most banks struggle to generate strong returns...