For many of the world’s poorest countries, financial inclusion is a big problem. Large numbers of people have trouble just getting a bank account, let alone access to credit – particularly in non-OECD countries like Colombia, Ukraine and Vietnam, just to name a few.
To eliminate extreme poverty, many leading global organisations have made financial inclusion a top priority. Business leaders and policymakers have dedicated themselves to improving the quality of life for the world’s poorest, and they believe economic and social progress starts with an inclusive financial system that meets the needs for all income levels.
The traditional credit scoring system has long been used as the primary method to rate a person’s creditworthiness. The current rating system is led by a select handful of major credit bureaus and agencies within each country, who hold the power to determine an individual’s credit eligibility. Yet new systems, known as alternative credit scoring methods, make a strong case for providing a fairer and more modern scoring system and are already making huge strides in shaking up the industry.
Few industries are transforming as rapidly as the financial industry, with financial institutions striving to gain a competitive edge on their peers. Traditional analog methods are being left behind as industry leaders implement technology to improve speed, efficiency as well as to meet customer needs in an altogether more comprehensive manner. In this fast-paced and unique environment, how can you navigate the market successfully?
An effective digitalisation process creates meaningful change through exciting new areas of technology. Many of the technical benefits of such a shift are apparent, such as better user experiences and faster load times. Technology is transforming economies, pushing companies to adapt and forcing governments to reconsider its implications. But what about the social benefits? What are some of the impacts of digital transformations on society?
Recently, we were lucky enough to present at a local Stockholm event together with PHD Media and Google. The event focused on the topic of the future of technology. For technology nerds like us, this was an excellent opportunity to hear some alternative perspectives on the future.
Using transactional behaviour to calculate your credit score is not a new phenomenon. In fact, in a bid to make credit scoring fairer and more accessible to all, it is one of many alternative methods to traditional credit scores.
Back in the day, spreadsheets were enormous sheets of paper, taking up office tabletops, with bankers pondering over them and making meticulous calculations. Then, as computers became the norm, these spreadsheets could fit onto a single screen – and progress has continued exponentially since; to a level where autonomous AI-based solutions can execute whole operations.
Millennials are well known for disrupting the well-established methods of their elders. Are they doing it again with credit ratings?
Assessing creditworthiness through an individual’s credit score has been around for a long time. But for Millennials, this method often doesn’t work because their preference for non-traditional banking solutions, render conventional credit rating methods ineffective.