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Credit Decisioning’s Three Lines of Defense for Risk Management

For all of the football fans who subscribe to our blog, Sunday's big game will have your full attention. Even if you're not a football fan, the odds are pretty likely that you'll check it in some form or fashion to see the commercials or whoever performs at halftime. In last year's game, one team took a calculated risk by running a trick play that ultimately led it to victory (Philly special). Success on the football field, much like the real world, involves limiting risk while also at times using it to an advantage. Risk can come from anywhere. It can change at any moment and often be difficult to predict. For many financial institutions these days, risk management and control are split across multiple departments within an organization. Because these departments need structure, as well as checks and balances to properly management risk, the most successful institutions use a risk management strategy/model based on three lines of defense. This approach is an effective way to assign duties and coordinate various teams involved in the risk management and control process.
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How to Properly Game Plan for Your Loan Software Implementation

In every project, successful implementation depends on three essential stages – planning, organization, and execution. When you think about it, your implementation needs to be just as calculated and coordinated as your overall lending programs and strategies. You can’t just wing it if you want things to go smoothly. Much like assessing how loan software will be able to fit and enhance your current operations, the same type of effort must be invested when the decision has been made and it’s time to integrate that platform with your programs. To help you figure out whether your loan software provider can deliver a successful implementation, it’s important to focus on these key factors:
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Demolish Barriers With Full Loan Software-Core System Integration

on Wed, Jan 16,2019 @ 06:13 AM | By Chris Carlson | Loan Software loan origination system core system fraud
If you have been working in the financial services sector for a long time, you can probably remember the days where every area of your institution was a separate entity. For example, you may have had separate divisions for retail banking, private banking, trusts, investments, consumer lending, and indirect lending, and each of those really didn’t have much knowledge of the other business units. It was very common to have completely separate IT systems for managing the accounts generated and maintained within each area. Most likely, it could’ve been argued that this compartmentalization may have even fueled the fire of competitiveness within your organization in a way that limited organic growth.  While some of these dynamics have simply been a statement of corporate culture, it would also be reasonable to assume that limitations in technology have also fostered these characteristics within organizations. We have now reached an age when that is no longer true. Today, it would be fair to say that if your organization maintains this inter-departmental segmentation, it does so despite the industry-recognized benefits of tearing down those proverbial walls. Lending is a great example of where we can still see this handicap.
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Making the Case for Loan Software Cross-Selling Functionality

Cross-selling is essential. It can often be an institution's easiest way to build stronger relationships with their customers or members while padding their portfolios. That's why financial institutions need loan software that takes all of the work out of cross selling. The best platforms available today will not only meet institutional demand for powerful and effortless functionality, but also satisfy evolving consumer demand for mobile and online interaction as well as instantaneous turnaround times. But just how much of a difference can one month of cross selling really make?
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Fraud Detection & Prevention 101: How to Protect Your Credit Decisioning

Security remains one of the most important topics for consumers as businesses continue to evolve in the digital age. As data breaches appear to become more commonplace, financial institutions everywhere are ratcheting up their security efforts to identify, assess and prevent fraud.  As someone who’s had his identity stolen a few years ago, I experienced the feeling of pure panic that crashes over you when realizing credit was fraudulently established in your name and you’re left to pick up the pieces. Despite the fact that most sophisticated thieves seem to always be one step ahead, it’s a battle that needs to be fought by every financial institution to maintain a level of trust with its customers or members. There are a number of different types of credit fraud. With a focus on origination of a loan, this blog post will describe the two most prevalent versions with regards to credit decisioning.
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