FICO Creates New Credit Metric for Risky Consumers

According to the Wall Street Journal, a new credit score is being developed by Fair Isaac Corp aimed at consumers who have been previously regarded as too risky by lenders. The new metric, set to be announced as soon as this week, is being tested in a pilot phase with credit-card issuers. Fair Isaac said it hopes to make as many as 53 million people who don’t have credit scores more acceptable to lenders.

The new score is largely a response to banks’ desire to boost lending volumes by increasing loan originations to borrowers who otherwise wouldn’t qualify, many of whom tend to be charged more for loans. 

The new score, which isn’t yet named, will be calculated based on consumers’ payment history with their cable, cellphone, electric and gas bills, as well as how often they change addresses and other factors, according to Fair Isaac.