- TransUnion launched Point-of-Sale Suite of Capabilities to provide lenders insight into consumer borrowing habits with point of sale lending and buy now, pay later products.
- The new data reporting helps lenders underwrite credit risk.
- The reporting methods also benefit the consumer by not penalizing them for using these alternative credit products on a regular basis.
Financial insights firm TransUnion launched a new set of tools today that will help shoppers using point-of-sale (POS) loans, including buy now, pay later (BNPL), improve their credit scores while offering lenders a more holistic view of prospective borrowers’ risk.
TransUnion’s Point-of-Sale Suite of Capabilities offers lenders insight into the payment behaviors of consumers using alternative credit tools such as POS lending and BNPL products.
This increased data reporting and visibility helps lenders underwrite credit risk, but also benefits the consumer by not penalizing them for using these alternative credit products on a regular basis. That’s because POS and BNPL loans are underwritten as unsecured installment loans. When these installment products are used frequently, typical credit models could view the borrowing behavior as risky.
“The inclusion of point-of-sale loans including BNPL into credit reports and other risk management tools can help tens of millions of consumers gain access to more credit opportunities and potentially secure better loan terms,” said Liz Pagel, senior vice president and consumer lending business leader at TransUnion. “TransUnion has taken a measured approach in developing our solution suite, working with the top BNPL lenders over the past three years to craft solutions that benefit consumers and do not penalize them for using these products frequently.”
TransUnion’s new toolset aims to offer lenders a single standard to report this alternative borrowing data. In order to minimize unnecessarily negative impact on the consumer credit score while still communicating valuable borrowing and repayment data, POS and BNPL borrowing information will be tagged and filtered into a new section in TransUnion’s core credit file.
“Maximizing the financial inclusion impact requires broad usage of this valuable data in more credit decisions. Ultimately, given the prominence of FICO and VantageScore in the market, the biggest impact from the data will not be realized until the data migrates to the core file and these scores take into account consumers’ good behavior,” added Pagel.
The use of BNPL is becoming more commonplace as more retailers and payment companies adopt varying versions of the technology to encourage higher consumer spending. In fact, according to a recent TransUnion study, up to 100 million U.S. adults have used BNPL loans at least once in the past 12 months. As this growth continues, lenders will need to adjust their underwriting models to account for use of alternative lending technologies.
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