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Don’t Forget These Indirect Lending Best Practices When Evaluating Loan Origination Systems

If you ask any financial institution that’s recently enjoyed success with its indirect lending program, chances are that success will in some way be attributed to the relationships built within that institution’s dealer network. Those relationships involve several key factors – far beyond showing up once a month with donuts and slightly lower rates.
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3 More Loan Software Compliance Best Practices That Every FI Should Consider

My car isn’t really that old, but it’s old enough to where I held my breath last month when I took it in for an emissions check so I could renew my registration. Luckily, it passed, and I didn’t have to visit my mechanic for needed repairs – unlike a friend of mine. She’s looking at a pretty hefty price tag before her car meets regulatory standards and her registration can be renewed.  Whether it’s your car or something much more serious like your financial institution’s loan software, finding the best solution to help meet regulatory standards as well as a trust-worthy provider can sometimes be harder than expected.
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Recapping the New Brand Identity for MeridianLink: Connecting You To Better

We would like to thank everyone who joined us last week in Huntington Beach for the MeridianLink 2019 User Forum. Besides the record attendance and all of the buzz surrounding all of the latest developments regarding our products and services, we picked the Forum as the perfect place to unveil our new logo and branding.
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DTI and Credit Decisioning: How Effective is Your Recipe?

Have you ever noticed how defensive some people can be when it comes to their favorite or family recipes? Depending on the food and the people involved, certain debates can get pretty passionate in a moment’s notice. Some swear their recipes are the gold standard for things such as chili, barbecue ribs, pies, cakes or any other food where contests are held to crown the best reign supreme. It even goes beyond individuals and spreads to different regions or communities for how things are done best.  Duels between award-worthy recipes are one thing, but what about the person who’s convinced blueberries belong in lasagna?
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Ask the Experts: How XpressCollect is Revolutionizing Collections

Collections will never be the same.  XpressCollect, the latest addition to MeridianLink’s market-leading suite of products, has quickly been recognized as one of the most powerful and innovative collections tools. With its robust and intuitive platform, XpressCollect maximizes efficiency and minimizes costs. The web-based platform provides unmatched benefits that start with a sleek user interface that delivers the ultimate user experience. XpressCollect not only replaces tedious workflows of the past with increased automation, sophisticated analytics and easy-to-use functionality, it also evolves with your financial institution’s operations and goals. As you may know, we hosted an introductory webinar yesterday to provide more information about XpressCollect and its benefits. In case you missed it, you can request the recording link below. Here’s some of the Q&A following the presentation and demo to give you some more insight on how XpressCollect works:
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Does Your Loan Origination System Adhere to These Digital Lending Best Practices?

Digital lending best practices continue to be a major focal point for many financial institutions as they strive to optimize the mobile user experience for their customers and members. As we’ve previously discussed, this often goes beyond the functionality of the loan origination system, itself, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that there are several key factors every institution must consider when evaluating whether its loan software can help it meet its goals.  This week’s blog post features three more of the most important best practices every financial institution needs to consider when evaluating digital lending technology and processes:
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Crucial Compliance Best Practices to Consider When Evaluating Loan Origination Systems

While digital lending, robust decisioning and cross-sell functionality are all atop most financial institutions’ list of priorities when evaluating loan origination systems that could properly fit with their goals, processes and strategies, regulatory compliance still finds its way into the mix – and rightfully so.  As regulatory pressures continue to mount, financial institutions need technology they can count on to help them meet compliance requirements and efficiently handle regulatory audits. Regardless of the system you choose in the end, here are three best practices your solution should satisfy that will ease the burden of regulatory compliance:
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Top 5 Indirect Lending Mistakes to Avoid

Spring cleaning, most people don't enjoy it (unless you’re obsessive compulsive – not that there’s anything wrong with that), but it’s hard to not enjoy the benefits. Reduced clutter, more opportunity to utilize that free space and a tidier living area – these are the end goals.  Now is also the time to do some spring cleaning or evaluations regarding the efficiency and performance of your indirect lending program. Below, we have provided the five most common mistakes lenders make when operating their indirect lending programs:
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How to Find the Right Loan Origination System to Meet Your Indirect Lending Goals

Any financial institution that invests in its indirect lending program understands how difficult it can be to separate itself from the competition. Besides offering the best rates or dealer incentives, the most successful lenders are often the ones that provide the best service. This often means delivering fast and accurate decisions while dealers are trying to close a sale. That’s why it’s important for financial institutions to rely on loan software technology that pushes them forward rather than holding them back.  Here are a few best practices to consider when evaluating if a loan origination system is the right fit for your financial institution's goals and strategies:
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3 More Mobile and Digital Lending Best Practices to Help Survive the Madness

Have you filled out your bracket yet? If not, you better get on it soon since the big dance starts in just over an hour. It’s always interesting how so many people have unique strategies when deciding on the teams that will advance and eventually be crowned champions of college hoops. Some people have watched so many games this season that they can make educated decisions. While others, like me, find other less analytical ways to decide since they haven’t seen at least half of the teams actually play. Almost everyone knows or has heard a story of someone who won a pool because of picking something like their favorite mascots or colors. The point is that there is no single method or formula that leads to victory. While some people have won with crazy strategies, it’s best go with what works best for you. For digital lending success, it sort of like that – although the stakes are much higher. From the online or mobile application process to the decisoning, workflow and funding processes, financial institutions everywhere are still searching for the right strategy to survive and advance among today’s fierce competition. That’s why we’re here to help. This week’s blog post features three more of the most important best practices every financial institution needs to consider when evaluating technology and processes:
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