March 3, 2021
If you can find a path with no obstacles,
it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
~ Frank Clark
It’s a rough time to be a consumer who needs a loan. But on the flip side, it’s also a rocky time to be a lender who is afraid to offer it. The economic dilemma unfolds – – For lenders, it comes down to who is a good bet to pay us back – – For consumers, can they really pay it back? For both entities with financial futures in a turmoil, and without a crystal ball, the bottom line revolves around unraveling the dizzying, financial puzzle using divergent, smart thinking to accommodates today’s economic uncertainties.
It’s safe to say there are few winners in today’s economic crisis; lenders are in a precarious position, using past calculations for lending money may not work today. Currently, unemployment over 10%, one in five American workers unable to find work and 18% of workers taking part-time jobs below their skill level just to make ends meet as reported by the Washington Post. According to the Associated Press, over 10 million jobs may have been permanently eliminated leaving workers jobless and looking to develop fresh skills in an altered work environment.
Unfortunately, the people who really need loans won’t qualify for reasonable interest rates and will have to rely on the government’s stimulus programs or consider payday lenders who charge soaring interest rates.
Imagine all the people who have outstanding auto loans and the banks who funded $1.19 trillion in debt. If you think banks are invulnerable to bankruptcy, think again; the big banks are increasing its loss-absorbing reserves by billions of dollars as a safety net against defaults. The New York Federal Reserve reported US household debt, including mortgages, at a mind blowing $14 trillion last year, exceeding the 2008 peak by $1.5 trillion. Banks are worried that unemployment and poor spending habits of the younger generation will push credit card debt to new highs.
Bankers and lenders making incorrect lending decisions, based on fragile assumptions and outdated forecasting formulas, are fearful of accumulating unmanageable debt. Shawn Princell, CEO of RIBBIT, announces a significantly more accurate method using smart, analytical bank data that will propel loan predictability to a new level. This advanced technology relies on bank transaction data by turning banking attributes of consumers into evaluated intelligence for assessing risk and making loans. This insightful information, as an adjunct to the lender’s accumulated consumer credit history, will help protect lenders from adverse lending decisions.
Mark Begor, CEO of Equifax, states – while credit reports remain a strong indicator of credit history and past financial reliability, COVID-19 has brought the power of alternative data – – information not included in traditional credit reports like consumer consented utility and telecom payment information, income and employment data, and online bank transaction data – – into even sharper focus. Definitely a divergent and strong statement from a powerhouse of credit information.
The team at RIBBIT believes it has created the missing puzzle piece to aid lending institutions and to benefit consumers.
OXFORD, Ohio, April 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, RIBBIT Inc. announced the appointment of Greg Rable to the RIBBIT Board of Directors. As the former Founder/CEO of FactorTrust, since acquired by TransUnion in 2017, Greg brings over 25 years of management and strategy experience, combined with a history of building successful fintech and alternative data businesses for the consumer finance space. In his role, Mr. Rable is helping guide the RIBBIT leadership team and promote the growth of bank behavior data as a powerful and necessary predictive data solution.
Financial inclusion matters not only because it promotes growth, but because it helps ensure prosperity ~ Sri Mulyani Indrawati
How arbitrary are the words ‘financial inclusion’; who’s in, who’s out and why is it so unfair? If a consumer is ‘in,’ there are financial opportunities for building a better life. If a person is ‘out,’ good luck with climbing out of a deep money pit. Today’s financial institutions think they are building a more inclusive process. However, many are still using information reflective of historical bias so if it didn’t work then, it ‘ain’t gonna work now’.
When a man gives you a rose, what you see may not be what he intends~ Patrick Rothfuss
Assessing information is the foundation of most of life’s important decisions. Mistakes are made when the data is unavailable, unclear, inaccurate, insufficient, immaterial, or unjust. How many people have suffered throughout history by poor decision-making? Like it or not, today’s world is data driven, hopefully an information mecca for making insightful, educated, proven and unbiased decisions. However, data is just that, information on a page, it becomes meaningful only when it is wisely analyzed and interpreted.