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Impact of Interest Rates Rise


Rising Interest Rates


Rising Interest Rates

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If interest rates rise, how will it affect your customers and your portfolios?

Evaluating the likely impact of rising interest rates on customer and company portfolios is high on the agenda for many organisations at present.

The impact is not only relevant for mortgage lenders, but crosses a wide range of markets, including Retail, Finance, Telecommunications, Financial Service providers and Commercial lenders. 45% of people with an auto finance loan have a mortgage, as do 35% of credit card customers and 40% of loan customers.

What could happen to these credit commitments if interest rates rise and their disposable income is put under pressure?

  • What will be the impact of rising interest rates?
  • What if interest rates rise sooner and/or significantly faster than currently anticipated?
  • For mortgage lenders, would the interest rate rise be off-set by increased losses in certain segments of the customer base?
  • Additionally, how can mortgage lenders ensure they meet the MMR requirements to appropriately stress test the impact of interest rate rises?
  • What impact would this have on current customer product offers and their suitability?

All of the above issues are likely to impact affordability, customers’ financial stability and also purge changes into business portfolios as the interest rate rises come into fruition – is your organisation prepared for the changes?

How we can help you prepare for rising interest rates:

  • Develop interest rate scenarios relevant to client portfolios
  • Provide a full customer view on affordability impacts
  • Quantify the impact of rising interest rate scenarios on affordability and loan to value (LTV) positions of account holders
  • Identify concentrations of the most vulnerable accounts
  • Predict impacts on portfolio arrears and losses

Having measures and contingencies in place can help set you in good stead for when interest rates do rise – which they will.

Now more than ever, is the time to evaluate the potential impact - so why not call us on 0844 481 5638 and find out how Experian can help you plan.

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