Financial Services - Bankcard, Auto, Mortgage

Lessons from the Indy 500 for auto lenders

Living just outside of Indianapolis, I can tell you that the month of May is all about "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing", the Indy 500.  The four horsemen of the apocalypse could be in town, but if those horses are not sponsored by Andretti Racing or Pennzoil – forget about it.  This year the race...read more

Host Card Emulation: We are not in Kansas anymore

Both Visa and MasterCard announced their support for Host Card Emulation (HCE) and their intent to release HCE specifications soon. I have been talking about HCE from late 2012 (partly due to my involvement with SimplyTapp) and you could read as to why HCE matter and what Android KitKat-HCE...read more

Lessons from a breach

In the days following the Target breach, both clarity and objectivity are in short supply. Everything that didn’t already exist became suddenly the cure-all – EMV being one. Retailers bristle, albeit in private – due to the asymmetry in blame they have come to share compared to banks – despite...read more

Host Card Emulation: NFC’S tale of redemption

When I wrote about Host Card Emulation back in March, it provoked much debate around whether this capability will die on the cutting floor or be meaningfully integrated in to a future Android iteration. And now that it has, this post is an attempt to look forward, even though much of it is...read more

A mobile-centric approach to customer acquisitions

In the 1970s, it took an average of 18 days before a decision could be made on a credit card application. Credit decisioning has come a long way since then, and today, we have the ability to make decisions faster than it takes to ring up a customer in person at the point of sale. Enabling real-time...read more

Updated CFPB mortgage rules expected to come into force January 2014

- Zach Smith, Experian On September 13, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced final amendments to the mortgage rules that it issued earlier this year. The CFPB first issued the final mortgage rules in January 2013 and then released subsequent amendments in June. The final...read more

Smoke is rising from Apple's Conclave

TL;DR Read within as to how Touch ID is made possible via ARM’s TrustZone/TEE, and why this matters in the context of the coming Apple’s identity framework. Also I explain why primary/co-processor combos are here to stay. I believe that eventually, Touch ID has a payments angle – but focusing...read more

Trust me, I have lots of Facebook friends

I recently read interesting articles on the Knowledge@Wharton and CNNMoney sites covering the land grab that's taking place among financial services startups that are trying to use a consumer's social media activity and data to make lending decisions.  Each of these companies are looking at ways...read more

Isis: A JV at odds

Isis has had a slew of announcements – about an impending national rollout and further assertion by both Amex and Chase of their intent to continue their partnership. Surprisingly (or not) Capital One has stayed mum about its plans, and neither has Barclays or Discover shown any interest. And much...read more

Organic portfolio growth starts with evaluating loan loss performance

There are two core fundamentals of evaluating loan loss performance to consider when generating organic portfolio growth through the setting of customer lending limits.  Neither of which can be discussed without first considering what defines a “customer.” Definition of a customer The approach used...read more