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FICO, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions and Equifax® Partner to Expand Access to Credit with Debut of FICO® Score XD

  • FICO, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, Equifax deliver FICO® Score XD using alternative credit data
  • Millions of former “credit invisibles” will soon have FICO® Scores, paving the way for access to mainstream credit products
  • FICO® Score XD helps lenders expand financial inclusion on a large scale in a safe, responsible manner

Today at FICO World 2016, analytics software firm FICO (NYSE:FICO) announced the general availability of FICO® Score XD for bankcards, enabling lenders to safely and responsibly offer credit to millions of consumers who do not have standard FICO® Scores. FICO® Score XD, developed in partnership with LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Equifax (NYSE:EFX), utilizes data that resides outside of traditional credit files to generate scores for consumers who do not have credit files or whose credit files contain outdated or limited information.

"Financial inclusion for more people is what the market is seeking," said Jim Wehmann, executive vice president, Scores, at FICO. “We want to create as much financial opportunity for as many people as possible. Obtaining a credit card is often the first step in building a solid credit history. FICO Score XD can help millions of Americans take this step, enabling them to gain access to mainstream financial products and enjoy opportunities that had previously been out of reach.”

“Alternative data is a critical component and really a driver of financial inclusion,” said Ankush Tewari, senior director, Credit Risk Decisioning at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a big data, technology and analytics company. “Banks and other lenders are able to expand their addressable market and grow their businesses by leveraging scores that are built on models utilizing alternative data.”

“Alternative data such as pay TV, mobile and landline phone, utilities, and other payment history sourced from NCTUE® provides valuable insights to help lenders make more informed risk predictions about consumers who cannot be scored with a traditional credit score,” said John Cullerton, senior vice president, New Product Innovation & Product Management at Equifax. “Data outside of traditional credit reporting opens up opportunities for lenders to pinpoint and target new creditworthy prospects out of a vast, somewhat untapped, market and confidently extend credit to these new consumers. Additionally, using NCTUE® data in alternative data scores such as FICO® Score XD helps provide consumers with greater access to credit.”

FICO® Score XD looks at public records and a person’s history with phone, cable, and utility payments to generate scores on the same 300-850 scale used for standard FICO® Scores. Throughout a yearlong pilot program with many of the largest lenders in the US, the majority of credit applicants who were previously unscorable could be scored with FICO® Score XD. Millions of people in the newly scorable population were found to be creditworthy.

The data used by FICO® Score XD is provided by LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Equifax. Lenders can use FICO® Score XD in the originations process alongside standard FICO® Scores, which means lenders do not have to replace existing systems. FICO® Score XD is available to lenders from LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Equifax.

“During the FICO Score XD pilot, lenders found that as many as half of credit applicants had scores of at least 620, which is a common threshold for loan underwriting,” said Wehmann. “FICO Score XD enables lenders to recognize these creditworthy applicants and extend credit safely and responsibly. This can translate into mainstream financial opportunity for millions more Americans.”