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USA Risk Climate: Consumers Paying off Debt and Pay on Time

TransUnion Report Shows Credit Risk Declining for Sixth Straight Quarter; Driven by Fewer Delinquent Consumers and Lower Debt Levels TransUnion’s proprietary Credit Risk Index (CRI) declined for the sixth consecutive quarter as consumers continue to pay off their outstanding debt and maintain low delinquency levels on their credit obligations. Compared to one year ago, the 2Q2011 CRI for the U.S. ... Read More »

Sinotrust: Differentiated Marketing, a Thorny Problem

China’s vehicle parc will soon exceed a hundred million, and the aftermarket is slowly maturing with the rise of the auto maintenance/repair, auto financing, auto insurance, used-car trade, auto culture and auto rental sectors. Under this circumstance, differentiated marketing will become increasingly complicated. Many large auto dealer groups have emerged in the Chinese market.  When conducting marketing activities, these dealer ... Read More »

Sinotrust’s Insights into Chinese Super-Luxury Vehicle Users

China Super-Luxury Vehicle Market Rebounds After an ephemeral negative growth of 10% in 2009, the Chinese super-luxury vehicle market saw a strong rebound in 2010, with the sales volume increasing to 1,900 units by nearly 200%. At the “Auto Policy and Market Analysis Workshop” organized by the China Automobile Dealers Association and co-organized by the CPCA and Sinotrust on July ... Read More »

Activist Fund Jana Partners Publishes Details of Proposals to Break up McGraw-Hill Companies

According to the Financial Times (FT) Jana Partners have published  details of its proposals for the company in a regulatory filing on August 22nd, after presenting its ideas to McGraw-Hill’s management.  Jana argues that a four-way split would improve the allocation of capital and result in more focused management at the individual businesses.    McGraw-Hill has brought Goldman Sachs on ... Read More »

‘Changing of the Guard’ at Standard & Poor’s (S&P)

The McGraw-Hill Companies announced that Douglas Peterson (53), currently chief operating officer of Citibank N.A., Citigroup’s principal banking entity that operates in more than 100 countries, will become president of Standard & Poor’s effective September 12, 2011.   Deven Sharma (55), who is currently in that role, will take on a special assignment working on the Company’s strategic portfolio review ... Read More »

TransUnion: National Credit Card Delinquencies Hit New Record Low

CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwire – August 16, 2011) – The national credit card delinquency rate (the rate of borrowers 90 or more days past due) decreased for the sixth consecutive quarter, dropping to 0.6% at the end of the second quarter in 2011. This is the lowest mark observed in 17 years. Credit card debt per borrower increased $20 in the quarter ... Read More »

TALX Assessment Division, pan Expands Global Footprint With Several New Private Label Partnerships

pan Assessment Platform Now Available to Employers in Central America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa TALX Assessment Division, pan, a leader in online assessment and talent management systems, proudly announced today the addition of new international private-label partnerships with fusionHR, SteppingStone Consulting, The Career Compass and Lores Group, and The TTS-Talent Group. Through their new relationships with pan, the ... Read More »

Equifax Acquires DataVision Resources

Adds Industry-Leading Lending Services, Insurance and Data Management Capabilities – DataVision Resouces to become part of TALX Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) announced that it has acquired DataVision Resources, a leading provider of data and business solutions to the mortgage, insurance and financial services industries. Financial terms for the transaction, which was completed today, were not disclosed. DataVision’s operations will become ... Read More »

Indian Risk Climate: D&B Business Optimism Index Falls by 21.7%

Mumbai India: The Dun & Bradstreet Composite Business Optimism Index stands at 143.6 during Q3 2011, a decrease of 4.2% as compared to Q3 2010. On a q-o-q basis, the index recorded a decrease of 21.7%. Based on the responses received, it was observed that each of the six optimism indices – namely, Volume of Sales, Net Profits, Selling Prices, ... Read More »


Creditsafe, the business intelligence experts, has announced that Asiagate, which provides widespread corporate credit information in Asia, will now provide European reports from Creditsafe as part of its aggregated service to clients.  Asiagate’s main objective is to provide comprehensive corporate credit information online to organisations across Asia on behalf of its members, who are providers of credit reports based in ... Read More »

TransUnion Launches First Private Credit Bureau in the Philippines

TransUnion Expands its Asia Footprint by Launching a Credit Bureau in the Philippines TransUnion has joined forces with Banco De Oro (BDO), Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Citibank Philippines, HSBC, and Metrobank Card Corporation (A Finance Company) to centralize a credit information system and the collection and sharing of both positive and negative data. Five leading financial institutions in ... Read More »

TransUnion Q2 Revenues up by 8.5% – Reverses Losses from First Quarter

TransUnion Corp (“TransUnion,” or the “Company”) announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. The Company reported revenue of $257.5 million for the second quarter, an increase of 8.5 percent compared to the second quarter of 2010. Of this increase,  1.4 percent was due to the impact of strengthening foreign currencies. Operating income was $60.5 million, an increase ... Read More »

LexisNexis to Set Up Customer Service Facility in the Philippines

LexisNexis is planning to move services to a facility in the Philippines.  It’s not clear what impact that may have, if any, on the company’s Miami Twp. campus.  The company told local employees Thursday that it will start to “build a customer service and support capability in the LexisNexis office in Manila, Philippines.” Focusing on legal research and business information ... Read More »

McGraw-Hill Companies: Shareholder Activists Seek Break-up

Activist investors from hedge fund Jana and the Ontario Teachers Pension Fund (“Teachers”) have bought 5.2% of McGraw-Hill Corporation with the avowed intent of forcing the division of the company into a financial services company and an educational/B2B company.   The activist investors believe that the sum of the parts could be as high as US$17.7bn, while the current market value ... Read More »