Pioneer of peer-to-peer lending marketplace in the United States wins FICO® Decisions Award for Financial Inclusion
- Prosper used FICO® Scores for the new Prosper® Card to extend credit services to over 200,000 near-prime customers to proactively manage credit line changes based on customers’ latest scores
- To further its commitment to empower consumers to take better control of their financial health, borrowers who obtained their personal loan through Prosper can view their FICO® Score for free
- Prosper won 2023 FICO® Decisions Award for Financial Inclusion
HOLLYWOOD, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FICO World 23 – FICO (NYSE: FICO):
Prosper, the first peer-to-peer lending marketplace in the United States, has used FICO® Scores for its new Prosper® Card to extend credit services to over 200,000 near-prime customers and proactively manage credit line changes based on the customers’ latest FICO Score. In total, Prosper extended more than USD $225M in credit access to these consumers.
Prosper also proactively mitigates credit risk and meets the increasing credit demand for creditworthy customers based on their monthly updated FICO® Scores. As of March 2023, Prosper has effectively managed credit limit changes for over 25,000 customers, with over 70 percent of them receiving credit limit increases.
More information: https://www.fico.com/en/solutions/scoring-solutions
Watch Prosper talk about the project: https://youtu.be/1YDP_W0BHU8
“Millions of consumers in the U.S. are currently credit invisible and need a path to access credit,” said Prosper CEO, David Kimball. “At Prosper, financial inclusion is at the heart of our business and by utilizing FICO’s reliable and predictive scores as an input to our models, we are able to identify and offer access to affordable financial solutions to improve consumers’ financial health as they move across the credit spectrum.”
Prosper’s New Card a Hit with FICO’s Credit Knowhow
When Prosper was developing the Prosper® Card to help serve more consumers, including the near-prime population, a tool was needed to mitigate credit risk. By partnering with FICO, Prosper was able to build a thoughtful, risk-based credit framework. Prosper used FICO® Scores and FICO’s historical US consumer performance bands to build a comprehensive unit economic model.
This development enables Prosper to reward customers with improved credit, the opportunity to receive credit line increases.
“As a result, the Prosper Card has offered people access to affordable credit when they need it, including after challenging life events such as job loss, bankruptcy, and divorce, as well as financial tools and resources to help them get back and stay on track,” said Kimball.
A Commitment to Education
To provide further transparency and help customers gain a better understanding of their financial health, Prosper also partnered with FICO to enable borrowers who obtained their personal loan through Prosper to view their FICO® Scores for free through the FICO® Score Open Access program. This empowers borrowers to track the credit factors that impact their score, see a history trendline of their score, and access a comprehensive library of educational content to help make money matters easier to understand and practice. Topics include Mastering Credit, Credit Scores, Financial Literacy, Financial Wellness, Managing Debt, and Home Ownership.
Since the launch of the FICO® Score Display in February 2022, over 167,000 Prosper borrowers have utilized this feature, while Prosper’s informative blog articles receive over 25,000 monthly visits.
“Prosper’s commitment to financial inclusion is championing a way to improve people’s access to credit and advance economic development, particularly in the aftermath of the pandemic,” said Kimball. “Prosper is pursuing opportunities to create a more efficient, accessible, secure, purposeful, and equitable financial system for underserved customers.”
Managing Lending Risk with FICO Scores
Throughout the almost twenty-year history of the Prosper personal loan platform, anticipating macro-economic downturns is a core principle. By building and maintaining credit playbooks based on through-the-cycle performance, defined in conjunction with FICO® Score industry benchmarks, dynamic credit playbooks have been created based on historical performance well before portfolios are at scale and fully vintaged.
This comprehensive and systematic framework allows the ability to quickly develop and deploy highly effective, granular, and customized strategies for customers and prospects. Empirically derived credit lifecycle management tools empower responsible credit practices, investor return, and lower borrowing costs.
“Access to credit is more important than ever as people are navigating challenging times and seeking to take control of their finances,” said Nikhil Behl, chief marketing officer at FICO. “FICO Scores are an essential tool for lenders to manage credit risk, maintain portfolio health, and make informed lending decisions across the credit ecosystem. We are pleased to see Prosper credit products leveraging FICO Scores for proactive credit risk management.”
For its achievements, Prosper won a 2023 FICO® Decisions Award for Financial Inclusion.
“Prosper’s commitment to providing wider access to credit has been impressive,” said Neeti Aggarwal, CFA, senior research manager at The Asian Banker and one of the FICO Decisions Awards judges. “Its ability to develop and deploy dynamic credit playbooks based on historical performance demonstrates its focus on risk management and responsible lending.”
Founded in 2005, Prosper introduced U.S. consumers to an innovative new approach to personal finance called peer-to-peer lending. Almost twenty years later, Prosper has helped over 1.4 million customers achieve financial well-being through a comprehensive suite of products.
Prosper’s flagship personal loan marketplace continues to offer a unique value for borrowers and investors alike. Home equity loans and lines of credit through Prosper provide homeowners a range of options and choices for tapping into the equity they’ve worked hard to build. The Prosper® Card supports people seeking access to credit and flexibility in managing their finances.
Regardless of the product, Prosper is dedicated to meeting people where they are in their financial journey in order to advance their financial well-being. Learn more at www.prosper.com
Personal loans through Prosper originated by WebBank.
The Prosper® Card is an unsecured credit card issued by Coastal Community Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to license by Mastercard ® International.
About the FICO® Decisions Awards
The FICO Decisions Awards recognize organizations that are achieving remarkable success using FICO solutions. A panel of independent judges with deep industry expertise evaluates nominations based upon measurable improvement in key metrics; demonstrated use of best practices; project scale, depth and breadth; and innovative uses of technology. The 2023 judges are:
- Cortnie Abercrombie, CEO/Founder AI Truth
- Neeti Aggarwal, CFA senior research manager, The Asian Banker
- Douglas Blakey, editor, Retail Banker International
- Burcu Çalıcıoğlu, SVP of credit analytics and retail credit, Akbank (previous winner)
- Martin Elliott, general manager consumer lending, BNZ (previous winner)
- Mark Feeley, research and brand director, Chartis
- Michal Lodej, group editor, Shard Financial Media
- Andre Miceli, chief editor, MIT Technology Review Brazil
The winners of the FICO Decisions Awards will be spotlighted at and win tickets to FICO® World 2023, May 16 – May 19 2023, in Hollywood, Florida.
FICO (NYSE: FICO) powers decisions that help people and businesses around the world prosper. Founded in 1956, the company is a pioneer in the use of predictive analytics, AI and data science to improve operational decisions. FICO holds more than 200 US and foreign patents on technologies that increase profitability, customer satisfaction and growth for businesses in financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, health care, retail and many other industries. Using FICO solutions, businesses in nearly 120 countries do everything from protecting 2.6 billion payment cards from fraud, to improving financial inclusion, to increasing supply chain resiliency. The FICO® Score, used by 90% of top US lenders, is the standard measure of consumer credit risk in the US and other countries, improving risk management, credit access and transparency.
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