September, 2023

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The Importance of Compliance in the Collections Industry

Optio Solutions

Optio Solutions, a prominent player in the industry, has positioned itself at the forefront of compliance efforts, setting a gold standard for collections agencies. Compliance is not just a legal requirement but also a crucial element for long-term success in the collections industry, and for our clients, brand protection. Compliance: A Legal and Ethical Imperative… The post The Importance of Compliance in the Collections Industry appeared first on Optio.

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9 mistakes your business may be making when collecting debt

American Profit Recovery

Collecting debt is just something a business of any size will have to do. It would be nice if all consumers paid their bills on time but the reality of running any business means you’ll have to deal with late and nonpaying customers. The topic of customers who do not pay can also be emotional, especially for small businesses. Many operating businesses just like you have developed deep relationships with customers over the years and when the payments do not come in, that strikes an emotiona

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Asset-Driven Approaches in NPL Management & Collections Tech

Qualco

During a tightening cycle, central banks worldwide raise interest rates in an attempt to curb inflation. As a result, loan borrowers with floating rates, also referred to as adjustable or variable rates, face higher monthly payments due to increased interest expenses. Consequently, non-performing and performing forborne exposures become more vulnerable to distress or default.

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The softly, softly approach- why it almost never works.

Collect More

We had a call yesterday from someone who was owed $20,000. The invoices had been outstanding for over 2 months and every request for payment was met with an empty promise. In the last 2 weeks they’d stopped responding altogether. This lady was reluctant to push harder as she was worried she would lose them as a customer, a very common dilemma.

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From Complexity to Clarity: Strategies for Effective Compliance and Security Measures

Speaker: Erika R. Bales, Esq.

When we talk about “compliance and security," most companies want to ensure that steps are being taken to protect what they value most – people, data, real or personal property, intellectual property, digital assets, or any other number of other things - and it’s more important than ever that safeguards are in place. Let’s step back and focus on the idea that no matter how complicated the compliance and security regime, it should be able to be distilled down to a checklist.

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BREAKING NEWS: CFPB Announces Rulemaking to Remove Medical Debt From Credit Reports

Account Recovery

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today announced it was beginning the rulemaking process to remove medical debts from consumers’ credit reports, removing the “leverage” that debt collectors use to “pressure” consumers into repaying unpaid medical debts.

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CFPB Report Finds College Tuition Payment Plans Can Put Student Borrowers at Risk

Consumer Finance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a new report finding that students face risk when entering into agreements with colleges to spread the upfront cost of tuition into several, interest-free loan payments

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Don’t wait to collect that unpaid debt-7 reasons why your business is not be getting paid

American Profit Recovery

Many organizations we encounter have waited far too long to implement a solid debt collection program. Because of this, many businesses suffer negative cash flow and these issues could have been prevented by being proactive with their collection activities. One of the main reasons we see businesses of all sizes hesitate on collection activity is because many feel they will alienate their customers and damage their reputation.

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Florida’s Homeowners’ Association Act: Recent Changes Effective October 1, 2023

Jimerson Firm

In Florida, homeowners’ associations (“HOA”) are governed by Florida Statute Chapter 720. That chapter is known as the “Homeowner’s Association Act” (the “Act”). The Act governs issues ranging from member assessments to arbitration to conducting meetings. The Act is constantly evolving, and HOA board members, HOA property owners, and HOA property managers should review the Act periodically.

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2023 Review: Capital One Quicksilver Student Cash Rewards Credit Card

Credit Corp

Advertiser Disclosure: Credit.com has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Credit.com and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Editorial Disclosure: Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. Snapshot: This is an entry-level student credit card with great perks, especially for those who travel via Uber or order with Uber Eats regularly.

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When It Comes to Collections Software, “Good Enough” Isn’t Good Enough

Are you finding some snags in your collections process? With delinquencies, and the number of consumers looking for payment assistance on the rise, it may be time to consider an efficient cloud-based software to support your team. Learn how MeridianLink® Collect has helped financial institutions like yours streamline collections processes.

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Daily Digest – September 29. Collector Facing FDCPA Suit Over Voicemails; Judge Denies MTD in FDCPA Case Over Creditor Name, Dispute Disclosure

Account Recovery

Collector Facing FDCPA Suit Over Voicemails Judge Denies MTD in FDCPA Case Over Creditor Name, Dispute Disclosure Warren Warns Future of CFPB, Other Regulators is at Stake Before Supreme Court Ed. Dept.

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What If We Could Change The Tax System to Work For Families?

Prosperity Now

In the Fall of 2022, the Tax Equity Funders Network and Prosperity Now came together to pose the question: what if we could change the tax system so that families of color struggling to make ends meet could get their taxes filed with little hassle and with low to no cost? What could that world look like?

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CFPB Report Highlights Role of Big Tech Firms in Mobile Payments

Consumer Finance

The CFPB published a new issue spotlight highlighting the impacts of Big Tech companies’ policies and practices that govern tap-to-pay on mobile devices like smartphones and watches.

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How does the automatic stay protect creditors and debtors?

Roths Child Law

Filing for bankruptcy is a significant decision that can be simultaneously stressful and a source of relief for those who choose this path. When someone files for bankruptcy, an essential provision called the automatic stay comes into play. This turn of events is fundamental to the bankruptcy process. Bankruptcy is a complex procedure that aims to give debtors a fresh start while ensuring creditors get as much repayment as possible.

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10 Ways to Improve Payment Collections with Salesforce

For finance teams using Salesforce’s powerful CRM technology, automation can transform accounts receivable processes, driving efficiency and delivering measurable results like cost savings, reduced customer churn, and lower DSO.

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Industry 4.0 Calling for Supply Chain Finance Collaboration

Qualco

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the global econom y , driving both financial and social growth. Yet , the y often face cha llenges like limited access to capital, primari ly due to a lack of information with banks and lengthy due diligence processes. The 4 th Industrial Revolution , or Industry 4.0 , is driven by technological advancements like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data analytics.

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How to Build Credit: 12 Tips to help Improve Your Score

Credit Corp

Learning how to build credit can help if you have a bad credit score or want to improve your current score. You can start by getting a secured credit card, becoming an authorized user, or getting a cosigner on a loan. If you have bad credit due to derogatory marks, those marks can stay on your credit report for up to seven to ten years, depending on the type of mark.

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Daily Digest – September 28. Getting to Know Scott Hoffman of Harvest Strategy Group; Washington Supreme Court Rules for Agency Sued for Enforcing Judgment

Account Recovery

Getting to Know Scott Hoffman of Harvest Strategy Group Washington Supreme Court Rules for Agency Sued for Enforcing Judgment BNPL Users Carrying More Debt, More Worries than Non-BNPL Users Senate Bill Seeks to Align Pay at CFPB with Other Federal Agencies Pro Com Services of Illinois, Inc. Embraces Digital Transformation with Skit.

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Core Components for a Successful Email Program in Debt Collection

True Accord

If your business and collection partners aren’t utilizing email in your debt recovery strategy, you’re leaving vital engagement opportunities (and potential collections) on the table. There are plenty of reasons why digital communications are the way to go , but reaching out through email is especially important in collections. Surveys show that 59.5% of consumers prefer email as their first choice for communication, and 14% of bill-payers prioritize payments that offer lower-friction paym

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Connect, Care, Convert: Secrets to Establishing Trust with Niche Markets and Turning Them Into Clients

Speaker: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

Niche markets represent a huge opportunity for the financial services industry in America. From college students and women to communities of color and low-to-moderate-income households, niche populations have specialized financial needs – but they often underutilize many valuable financial products and services. How can you better connect with these consumers?

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CFPB Issues Guidance on Credit Denials by Lenders Using Artificial Intelligence

Consumer Finance

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued guidance about certain legal requirements that lenders must adhere to when using artificial intelligence and other complex models.

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What is a License Plate Search and How Does it Work?

Micro Bilt

If you're looking to gather detailed information on a customer, a license plate lookup tool might be the right way to go. By simply entering data on a car (e.g., VIN, license plate number, tag number, etc.), you can access detailed records on the vehicle and its owner in seconds.

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Credit Card on File is a Game-Changer for Businesses

PDC Flow

Keeping a credit card on file is a convenient best practice for companies that know they will need to take payments later, once an order has been fulfilled or work is completed. What Does Card on File Mean? Card on file (COF) transactions allow companies to capture and store payment details from customers. The details are securely stored so the business can process transactions in the future without requesting those same details again.

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What Does THD/CBNA on My Credit Report Mean?

Credit Corp

Many or all of the products featured here are from our partners who compensate us. This may influence which products we write about and where and how the product appears on a page. However, this does not influence our evaluations. Can you pay a loan with a credit card? Yes, paying a loan with a credit card is sometimes possible. Yet, whether or not you can do so depends on factors such as the lender’s policies or the type of loan you want to pay off.

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Successful Change Management with Enterprise Risk Management

Speaker: William Hord, Vice President of ERM Services

A well-defined change management process is critical to minimizing the impact that change has on your organization. Leveraging the data that your ERM program already contains is an effective way to help create and manage the overall change management process within your organization. Your ERM program generally assesses and maintains detailed information related to strategy, operations, and the remediation plans needed to mitigate the impact on the organization.

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More Consumers Struggling to Pay Medical Debts; Cite Inflation as Culprit

Account Recovery

The number of consumers who have had a medical debt sent to a collection agency has increased in 2023 compared with last year, and more than one-third of consumers owe at least $1,000, according to the results of a survey released this week by Debt.com.

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Top KPIs for Your Recovery Operations

True Accord

The goal of a recovery operation is to maximize profitability by efficiently recovering money lent to consumers— while maintaining consumer loyalty. This means that measuring the success of a recovery strategy goes beyond just dollars and cents and into consumer-centric metrics as well. But how do teams measure overall portfolio performance, and what are the most important portfolio-level key performance metrics (KPIs)?

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CFPB Kicks Off Rulemaking to Remove Medical Bills from Credit Reports

Consumer Finance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today announced it is beginning a rulemaking process to remove medical bills from Americans’ credit reports.

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Mastering the Art of Debt Collection: 8 Need to Know Techniques

Micro Bilt

Debt collection isn't usually enjoyable, but it's a necessary part of any lending institution. Leaving too much outstanding debt out at one time can lead to financial instability and, in the worst case, insolvency. We saw this recently with the 2023 bank failures nationwide, leading to a mini-financial crisis. Keep reading.

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How Preparation and Strategy Can Be Used to Fight and Defeat Any Ransomware Attack

Speaker: Karl Camilleri, Cloud Services Product Manager at phoenixNAP

Did you know that 2021 was a record-breaking year for ransomware? The days of a “once in a while” attack against businesses and organizations are over. Cyberthreats have become a serious issue. With 495.1 million attacks, the threat marked a 148% increase compared to 2020 and was the most expensive year on record! As a result, data protection needs to be a concern for most banks, businesses, and information technology specialists.