Regulatory & Policy Compliance

The best medicine for data governance? Be your own doctor

This is the first post in a three-part series. You’ve probably heard the adage “There is a little poison in every medication,” which typically is attributed to Paracelsus (1493–1541), the father of toxicology. The trick, of course, is to prescribe the correct balance of agents to improve the patient...read more

Is your Risk Ratings making the grade?

I am at the Risk Management Association’s annual conference in DC and I feel like I am back to where my banking career began.  One of the key topics here is how important the Risk Rating Grade is and what impact that right or wrong Risk Rating Grade can have on the bank. It is amazing to me how a...read more

Model Risk Governance – It’s not just for the big banks

I have just completed the first of two presentations on Model Risk Governance at the RMA Annual Conference.  The focus of the presentation was the compliance with the Model Risk Governance guidance at the smaller asset sized financial institutions.  The big theme across all of the attendees at the...read more

Model Risk Governance – It’s not just for the big banks!

When the OCC put forth the supervisory guidance on model risk governance the big focus in the industry was around the larger financial institutions that had created their own risk models.  The overall intent to make sure that the larger financial institutions were properly managing the risk they...read more

The cost of financial regulation…and now what?

The Wall Street Journal just recently posted an article that mentioned the cost of the financial regulations for some of the largest banks.  Within the article it is staggering to see the cost of the financial crisis and also to see how so much of this could have been minimized by sound banking...read more

Increasing pressure on anti-money laundering compliance

Julie Conroy - Research Director, Aite Group Finding patterns indicative of money laundering and other financial crimes is akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. With the increasing pressure on banks’ anti-money laundering (AML) and fraud teams, many with this responsibility increasingly feel...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

The many challenges with tax refund fraud detection

Billions of dollars are being issued in fraudulent refunds at the state and federal level.  Most of the fraud can be categorized around identity theft.  An example of this type of fraud may include fraudsters acquiring the Personal Identifying Information (PII) from a deceased individual, buying it...read more

Navigating the plethora of skip tracing data sources

All skip tracing data is the same, right? Not exactly. While there are many sources of consumer contact data available to debt collectors, the quality, freshness, depth and breadth can vary significantly. Just as importantly, what you ultimately do or don't do with the data depends on several...read more

The power of credit attributes in the decision process

In my last post, I covered the importance of using quality credit attributes to gain greater accuracy in risk models.  Credit attributes are also powerful in strengthening the decision process by providing granular views on consumers based on unique behavior characteristics.  Effective uses include...read more