The Fair Isaac Company have announced that they will be releasing three new credit scores based on their new FICO 08 model.
1. The FICO Mortgage Score
The FICO Mortgage Industry Score is designed to help mortgage lenders improve credit decisions for both current and future homeowners. Introduced by FICO and Equifax, the score delivers significantly greater assessment of mortgage repayment risk — up to 25% or more for key population segments, compared to the base BEACON score. The score aids servicers in earlier identification of borrowers at risk, mitigating the incidence and high cost of foreclosure.
2. The FICO Auto Score
FICO have also introduced another industry-specific credit score for the auto industry. According to Tom Quinn, vice-president of scoring at FICO, the new scoring model "will identify 5 to 15 percent more potential delinquencies… For the overwhelming majority of consumers, the auto industry score will be relatively close to the [generalized] FICO score," says Quinn. "There is a percentage of the population that will be different. And that's why lenders have opted to use the other [auto industry] score."
TransUnion has already made this score available immediately to lenders, while Experian and Equifax are planning to follow suit later in the summer.
3. The FICO Bankcard Score
The third scoring model is specifically for the credit card industry, officially named the FICO Bankcard Industry Option. This does the same kind of things are the Mortgage and Auto industry versions, by taking your credit file and first scoring it by the "broad-based" risk scorecard system, and then by one of two industry-specific overlay scorecards — one for files with derogatory information on any type of account, one for files without. This overlay adjusts the credit bureau scores up or down. The resulting score is scaled to match the same "good versus bad" odds as the broad-based risk scores.
These three options are generally greeted with positive comments from consumer experts. The tweaking of the current "classic" FICO score can only help lenders make more informed decisions when underwriting loans.