I don’t usually talk in absolutes, but there are two things that are absolutely clear about the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. First, there will be more demand for online financial services, from a broader spectrum of consumers (by a large margin) than earlier projected growth rates led us to believe. Second, this mass migration to online services is uncovering several weaknesses in the FI space which will require the industry to step back and consider new ways to meet the demand of their customers.
Our IFI Thought Leaders and Neuro-ID, our partner in translating digital customer behavior into real-time actionable intelligence, explore how to make sense of a market that has been turned upside down and balance supporting consumers in need of lending, while navigating the changing face of fraud and risk.
As we continue to navigate the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, risk is taking on a whole new face for financial institutions. What may have been seen as an average credit application a few weeks ago, now could be considered high-risk, or worse...fraud. And, I don’t expect things to change back very quickly.
There is no question, the current economic conditions are uncharted waters for most businesses today, including online lenders. It is ironic that as thousands of households are tightening their belts and looking to unsecured loans as a way to bridge the financial gap, that online lenders are being much more selective in whom they extend credit.