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Meet our Associate Member AsianCIS®

      AsianCIS® is not only different from other firms engaged in the credit-reporting and credit information data-base industry, it is unique. AsianCIS® is one of the largest single producer and supplier of commercial credit reports in Asia / Pacific, Central Asia and Middle-East, covering 78 countries, 48 million company records, and  a totally reliable 24/7 supply and support infra-structure. Our database, exceeding 6.5 terabytes, is proactively ... Read More »

Consumer Data Quality Issues: CDIA Response to ’60 Minutes’

The US news media corporation CBS aired a program on ‘60 Minutes’ concerning the recent FTC study that up to 40 million Americans have mistakes on their credit reports.  The ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Steve Kroft reported on why little is being done to fix the errors. The US based Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) published its response to the somewhat ... Read More »

SaleSpider & Equifax Sign Data Partnership Agreement

SaleSpider.com announced a new data partnership with Equifax that will allow both companies to continue to develop and grow their business data divisions.  The partnership will enable Equifax to continue its focus on providing business-to-business customers with the insights and information that they need to help them make critical business decisions. For SaleSpider, the agreement will give the company access ... Read More »

Earnings Season Scorecard: What Grows and What Does Not?

Since our last posting on February 8th a number of major industry players announced their Q4 and annual results for 2012. Rating Agencies have taken also the lead in showing an incredible revenue and income growth in ratings and analytics.  Thomson Reuters Governance, Risk & Compliance Unit raked up an impressive growth of 22% for the quarter (and 42% for ... Read More »

CRIF Italy Expands into Tajikistan

Following its move into Georgia some time ago, CRIF has now ventured deep into Central Asia by placing its flag into Tajikistan.  Enrico Lodi, General Manager of Credit Bureau Services at CRIF explained:  “CRIF’s experience in both starting up, operating and managing credit bureaus in several countries worldwide will be invaluable in providing the Tajikistani market with a world-class credit ... Read More »

D&B Stock Retreats on Q4 2012 Earnings Results

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $463.1 million, down 7% both before and after the effect of foreign exchange, as compared to the prior year similar period. Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 included the results from businesses that were divested or shut down. Risk Management Solutions revenue of $272.4 million, down 3% both before and ... Read More »

Graydon UK Commented on Government Plans to back SMEs

Alexander Schwendtner, Managing Director Graydon commented on Government plans to boost SME growth Prime Minister David Cameron saluted Britain’s record rate of new business creation.  One ironic positive from the on-going financial crisis is that the number of entrepreneurs setting up new small and medium sized businesses is on the rise.  As unemployment rises and while we wait for the ... Read More »

TransUnion Announces Acquisition of ZipCode in Brazil

The Deal Enriches Company’s Regional Data Management and Decisioning Offerings TransUnion has signed an agreement to acquire control of ZipCode, one of the largest independent providers of registry information to companies in Brazil’s information management sectors that include credit, fraud prevention and marketing.  The acquisition provides TransUnion with new tools to deliver even more comprehensive data, analytics and decisioning capabilities ... Read More »

Commercial Credit Information: Disclosure of Sources of Negative Information Looms

A bill in the Virginia House of Delegates would require commercial credit reporting agencies to identify their sources of “negative information” when they provided a copy of a report to the subject.  This means that Virginia buyers would know which of their suppliers shared any of their negative payment history with a commercial credit reporting agency. The bill, HB 2198, ... Read More »

CoreLogic (CLGX) Acquires CDS Business Mapping in $78M Deal

CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) announced the acquisition of CDS Business Mapping, LLC (CDS). CDS, based in Middletown, Conn., delivers critical underwriting information to over 700 insurance carriers, agents and brokers nationwide through real-time reports that identify property-specific geographic hazards including distance to coast, flood zones, rating territories, proximity to brush, wind pool eligibility and earthquake information. The acquisition is expected to ... Read More »

German Based Micro Lender Eyes Small Business Lending – Generates its Own Information

Kreditech, which was launched last year (see our report of November 2012) to provide small loans to consumers is said to be breaking into the small business lending market. At this point in time little is known about the announced B2B offering, except that it will launch internationally early in 2013 and will allow retailers (e.g. banks, leasing companies, e-commerce ... Read More »

US Risk Solutions: The Small Business Financial Exchange, Inc. and SBFE, LLC (SBFE®)

The Small Business Financial Exchange, Inc. and SBFE, LLC (collectively known as SBFE) is the leading source of US small business credit information. Established in 2001 as a non-profit organization, today the exchange houses information on about 24 million businesses in its SBFE Data Warehouse™, and enables blind information exchange among its Members. Through its resources, relationships and SBFE Certified Vendors™, SBFE makes ... Read More »

Turkey based Finar Group Acquired by CRIF

Italy based CRIF has acquired Turkey based Finar group of companies bringing together Finar, D&B Turkey and Kompass Turkey.  The group was acquired from Dubai based D&B Same. Board Member Dr. Selim Seval noted that the group will introduce a much larger number of value-added products and services to the Turkish market in parallel with CRIF’s worldwide investment strategy and ... Read More »