Monday, May 10, 2010

Experian Provides New Level of Transparency for Non-Agency MBSs

NEW YORK, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Experian®, the global information services company, today announced the launch of CreditHorizons(SM) for Securities, a data-feed product that provides the missing link to understanding the true creditworthiness of the underlying borrowers in each mortgage deal. CreditHorizons for Securities consists of anonymized U.S. consumer credit profiles that have been matched to the private-label securitized mortgage deals in the industry-leading loan-level database from First American CoreLogic/Loan Performance.

Investors who currently utilize only traditional loan-level data will find that CreditHorizons for Securities affords them a new set of influencers in delinquency and loss forecasting, helping to optimize pricing strategies, improve risk management and hedging strategies and increase confidence in residential mortgage–backed securities buy and sell decisions.

"Monthly trustee and servicer data sets provide a limited foundation for predicting payment patterns," said Ethan Klemperer, general manager of Experian Capital Markets. "To compete profitably in today's market, investors need upgraded valuation methods with increased transparency and predictive power. We're delighted to work with First American CoreLogic to launch CreditHorizons for Securities, providing the critical behavioral data needed to determine the true value and future payment trend of clients' securities."

"We're pleased to join Experian in bringing CreditHorizons for Securities to the marketplace," said George Livermore, president, data and analytics segment for The First American Corporation. "By augmenting existing modeling with consumer credit information, investors obtain a holistic view of the underlying collateral and can better predict delinquency and default probabilities for their residential mortgage–backed securities portfolios."

Experian's CreditHorizons for Securities offers a predefined set of more than 50 anonymized consumer credit data variables that have been carefully evaluated and selected for their predictive ability by Experian's team of credit experts. Maintaining a relatively small number of variables ensures that the product is user-friendly and easy to implement.

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