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The survey, conducted for FICO by the Professional Risk Managers'
"The latest survey results, combined with data that indicates the real estate market is improving in many regions, paint a positive picture for a sector of the economy that has been slow to join the recovery," said Dr.
Optimism extends beyond mortgage lending
Large majorities of survey respondents believe that consumer credit health is improving across several types of loans. The percentage of respondents expecting delinquencies to remain steady or decrease during the upcoming six months for various loans was as follows
As the numbers indicate, student loans were the sole area of pessimism expressed by respondents. This is the sixth consecutive quarter in which there was significant concern about delinquencies on student loans.
Meanwhile, a majority of respondents (57 percent) expect the amount of credit requested by consumers to increase in the upcoming six months. A plurality (46 percent) expect the amount of credit extended by lenders to increase, and by a margin of nearly 2-to-1 (37 percent to 19 percent), lenders expect the approval rate on consumer loan applications to increase rather than decrease.
Big Data to Become a Big Deal at Banks
The survey also asked respondents about the 2013 business priorities at their institutions. Two related initiatives tied for the top spot – utilizing Big Data analytics to gain greater insight into customers, and improving the customer experience. Both were named as the top priority by 35 percent of respondents. Strengthening fraud prevention was cited as the top priority by 20 percent of respondents, and nine percent of respondents said that increasing their utilization of mobile technology was the highest priority in 2013.
A detailed report of FICO's quarterly survey is available at http://www.prmia.org/PRMIA-News/Fico-1stQuarterApr2013Rev1.pdf. The survey included responses from 255 risk managers at banks throughout the U.S. in February and
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