Rick Meredith

Rick Meredith
Rick is a Business Analyst and tech enthusiast who loves challenging himself anytime the opportunity arises.
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Introducing: PDF Insights

Posted by Rick Meredith on 2020-09-16 15:09 AEST

PDF is one of the most popular formats to store documents in today. It perfectly transmits and displays information the same way, no matter if it’s being viewed on a computer, a smartphone or a tablet. It’s easy to convert almost all common types of files into PDF format as well, and they’re designed to be exchanged easily between users.

Despite all these highly valuable pros, there are some cons as well. Most notably, when you’re trying to analyse bank statements. But we’ve felt your pain, and once again, we’re coming up with an answer: PDF Insights.

Here, we’re giving you a glimpse into some of the ways our new PDF Insights product will help make your job that little bit easier.

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Topics: New Zealand, Australia, Canada, PDF Insights

Deciphering dishonours

Posted by Rick Meredith on 2020-09-16 15:09 AEST

What do you need to know about dishonours?

Understanding a customer's history of dishonoured payments is an essential part of any credit assessment. Not only do you need to know whether the customer’s transaction history contains dishonours, you probably also want to understand:

  • what kind of payments they were for
  • how many there were
  • how recently they occurred
  • whether or not they’ve since been resolved.

Unfortunately, the way dishonours are recorded in customers’ transaction histories doesn’t make it easy.

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Topics: Credit Sense, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, decision points, dishonour

Don’t let internal transfers ruin your day. Better reporting, and better results.

Posted by Rick Meredith on 2020-09-16 15:09 AEST

Ever been tripped up by transaction reports that don’t make a clear distinction between a spend or income transaction and an internal transfer between a customer’s accounts? When accuracy and quality are critical, this issue can contribute to compliance breaches, flawed risk assessments and increased cases of fraud.

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Topics: Credit Sense, New Zealand, Australia, Canada

Validated running balances help you work out the real bottom line

Posted by Rick Meredith on 2020-08-13 13:08 AEST

All balances are equal, but some are more equal than others

Depending on the bank, and type of account, not all balances are created equally. Banks will generally show you a current balance, which tells you how much money is in your account right now before pending transactions, and an available balance, which tells you how much money is in your account after adjusting for any pending transactions, i.e. recent transactions the bank knows about but is still processing.

But that’s not the end of the story. There are more elements to factor into the mix – like loan accounts, overdraft facilities, internet banking delays – along with your bank’s own processes and policies for managing each of these.

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Topics: Credit Sense, New Zealand, Australia

Status notifications give you real-time updates

Posted by Rick Meredith on 2020-08-13 13:08 AEST

A couple of months ago, we introduced our new status page, which we created to level-up the prevailing standards around communicating system notifications and outages to Credit Sense clients. Initially, we made the new feature available via a URL, with promises to bring you a more robust, subscription-based service.

Well, it’s here. And while we could talk all day about how excited we are, we’ll do our best to keep calm, and stick to the facts.

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Topics: Credit Sense, Lead Market, New Zealand, Australia, Canada

Lead Market live in Canada

Posted by Rick Meredith on 2020-06-05 06:06 AEST

We’ve been supporting our Canadian clients for a number of years with Credit Sense and we’re proud to announce they can now also start leveraging the the #1 platform available for selling and buying leads! The Lead Market platform enjoyed by lenders and lead generators in Australia and New Zealand is now available to our Canadian friends, branded as Lead Exchange.

 

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Topics: Lead Market, Canada

Introducing our status page

Posted by Rick Meredith on 2020-06-05 06:06 AEST

We’re here for you

We know that your business depends on our business being up and available 24/7/365. To meet this challenge we invest in our infrastructure ensuring all production environments are Highly Available and deployed across multiple physical sites. 

To deliver our service we aggregate hundreds of sites and rely on a number of upstream service providers, so the scope of events that might affect the delivery of our service are not always within our control, and incidents do happen. When they do, we want to ensure you are notified and have reliable access to clear and timely updates about affected services.

Until now we’ve communicated incidents via our System Notices page on the Credit Sense dashboard and our status indicator on the Lead Market dashboard. Although this was the best incident notification offered in our space, we felt we could do better.

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Topics: Credit Sense, Lead Market, New Zealand, Australia, Canada

Responsible lending compliance just got easier

Posted by Rick Meredith on 2020-05-11 09:05 AEST

Responsible lending is a journey of continuous improvement, and as the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us, on a constantly shifting terrain. And from home. Now we’re all doing it from home.

One important aspect of responsible lending is affordability. Affordability assessment requires a reasonable inquiry into the customer’s income and outgoings to understand their ability to meet all the financial obligations they will commit to if they enter into a credit contract. We have solutions to help lenders make reasonable inquiries about a customer’s income and outgoings, however, this post focuses on expense classification.

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Topics: Credit Sense, New Zealand, Australia, Canada

Hardship Support service

Posted by Rick Meredith on 2020-05-11 09:05 AEST

A significant number of people have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are dealing with profound changes to their financial circumstances. Lenders are working hard to support affected customers, however the increased volume of hardship applications can affect their ability to achieve well considered, appropriate and timely outcomes for customers. 

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Topics: Credit Sense, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, hardship

Get better insights into spending habits with our categorised report

Posted by Rick Meredith on 2020-05-11 09:05 AEST

The right analysis for the right customer.

Credit Sense offers several report options, each tailored to suit different business use cases and customer data types. Together with custom Decision Points, they deliver valuable and consistent insights and enable our clients to make good decisions, quickly! 

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Topics: Credit Sense, New Zealand, Australia, Canada