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PERC Study Examines the Impacts of Full-file Information Sharing on Competition in Lending Markets

PERC’s new study The Impacts of Information Sharing on Competition in Lending Markets specifically explores whether bank concentration falls following a shift to full-file credit sharing.   The key findings from the research include: Shifts to full-file credit reporting are not associated with meaningful changes in bank concentration/market power, and Consistent with past findings, greater information sharing is associated with ... Read More »

US Country Risk Climate:  Small Business Remains Unconvinced

According to the National Federation of Independent Business the majority of those in their polls are still far more cautious than excited and most are anticipating that conditions will worsen before getting substantially better. These are the companies that employ 500 or fewer people and they are the most important contributors to the hiring numbers from quarter to quarter. The ... Read More »

Onvia Announced the Release of Onvia 7

Onvia Launches Next Generation Search Experience to Help Vendors Uncover Additional Government Contracting Opportunities Onvia 7 is a major upgrade to Onvia’s core platform and is immediately available to Onvia’s customer base of over 3,000 clients doing business in the public sector. Onvia 7 offers a next generation search experience to Onvia’s clients to help them discover more relevant business opportunities ... Read More »

Country Risk Climate:  Trends to Keep an Eye On

France – the Finance Minister’s EU counterparts are not happy with the country’s failure to abide by budget rules; Germany – Merkel intends to stand fast; Israel – further interest rate cuts ahead; Uzbekistan – playing both sides between Moscow and Washington BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA:  The elections last weekend served only – once again – to highlight the non-viability of ... Read More »

Demandbase Introduces Sales Accelerator on Salesforce AppExchange

Demandbase receives investment from Salesforce Ventures, salesforce.com’s corporate investment group Demandbase announced the launch of a new application on the Salesforce AppExchange, Demandbase Sales Accelerator. Built expressly for B2B sales and marketing teams, Sales Accelerator automatically pushes critical account insights harvested from advertising and web site traffic into the Salesforce1 Platform. By converging these disparate data sets, Sales Accelerator helps bridge ... Read More »

E-commerce Giant Amazon Takes on Main Street USA

Amazon goes for brick and mortar – takes on main street firms on their own turf! Amazon.com Inc. plans to open a store in the middle of New York City, according to people familiar with the plans, the first brick-and-mortar outlet in its 20-year history and an experiment to provide the type of face-to-face experience found at traditional retailers. The ... Read More »

IHS Connect Delivers Online Business and Market Intelligence to Chemical Customers

IHS Inc. announced the latest release of IHS Connect® – an online business intelligence platform that provides strategic decision makers in capital-intensive industries access to integrated IHS multidisciplinary information and insight – bringing chemical insight onto the platform in depth for the first time. With this new release, IHS Connect includes upstream and downstream chemical industry and market news and ... Read More »

FICO Score 9 Now Available at Equifax

Newest FICO Score now available from Equifax to help lenders improve risk management, make best decisions throughout consumer credit lifecycle FICO announced the availability of FICO® Score 9 from Equifax for lenders and other businesses. This newest version of the FICO® Score introduces a more nuanced way to assess consumer collection information, bypassing paid collection agency accounts and offering a sophisticated treatment differentiating medical from ... Read More »

Alibaba Invests USD 50million in TV Remote Application Firm

Alibaba Group Holding, has invested over US$ 50 million in California-based start-up firm, Peel Technologies which developed a remote application for television.  The application can control over 3,500 brands of televisions and 600 set-top-boxes.  Peel will utilise the fund to expand its line of products and services. This is apparently the second round of funding from Alibaba – in 2013, the ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Businesses Look for a Christmas Boost

Retail and services sectors shrug off consumer concerns Business owners are optimistic about seeing a jump in sales during the run-up to Christmas, with retailers and the services industry lifting their forecasts for the final quarter of the year despite signs that consumer confidence in Australia is faltering. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Business Expectations Survey, 47 per cent ... Read More »

Acxiom and Starcom Mediavest Group in European Partnership

Acxiom® announced it has signed a European-wide partnership with Starcom Mediavest Group (SMG), the number one ranked global media network, which will see both organizations working closer together and sharing data assets to be able to deliver increased value to their respective clients, enter new territories and connect digital and physical identifiers. The deal, which is part of a wider global agreement ... Read More »

Compliance:  Opening a New Bank Account? You May Have to Wait Six Months

Anna Maxxone, Global Head of KYC Managed Services at Thomson Reuters recently gave an interview to CFO Innovation’s Cesar Bacani about how CFOs and treasurers can speed up the process of opening and operating bank accounts, understand the KYC (Know Your Customer) requirements banks are following and other issues. Ann quoted a recent study which has has found that 53% of ... Read More »

COUNTRY RISK CLIMATES:  TRENDS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Belgium – a new government, with a twist; Bolivia – three more years for Morales? Greece – a confidence vote; Kuwait – good growth, moderate unrest; Morocco – growing terrorist threats; Russia – CB efforts to shore up the ruble and rising threats to Western interests; Venezuela – a hefty backdoor devaluation. BRAZIL: President Rousseff will compete in a second-round ... Read More »