Consumer Finance

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The Consumer Finance industry provides loans to consumers. The largest segment of the industry is comprised of revolving credit loans through credit card products. Additional loan services include auto, micro lending, and student loans. Some entities in the industry also provide consumer-to-consumer money transfers, money orders, prepaid debit cards, and bill payment services. Industry performance is determined by consumer spending, rates of unemployment, per capita GDP, income, and population growth. Recent shifts toward consumer protection and transparency have aligned and will continue to align the interests of society with those of long-term investors. Entities that effectively manage their social capital will therefore be better positioned to maximise their financial capital.

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Disclosure Topics (Industry specific) for: Consumer Finance

Customer Privacy
  • Customer Privacy

    Entities in the Consumer Finance industry face risks and opportunities associated with using customer data for purposes other than those for which the data was originally collected (for example, targeted advertising or transfer to third parties). Ensuring the privacy of personal information and other account holders’ data is an essential responsibility of the Consumer Finance industry. To assess performance on this issue, investors may benefit from entities’ disclosure of the number of account holders whose information is used for secondary purposes, and their policies and procedures around using such information, including the nature of their opt-in policies. Investors may be encouraged and reassured by disclosures of information regarding an entity’s data usage, as well as applicable jurisdictional legal or regulatory actions related to customer protection and privacy. Entities in the Consumer Finance industry that fail to manage performance in this area may be susceptible to decreased revenues resulting from lost consumer confidence and high employee turnover, as well as financial consequences arising from increased legal risks.
Data Security
  • Data Security

    Entities in the Consumer Finance industry face risks and opportunities associated with customer data security management, in the context of external threats. Ensuring the security of customers’ personal information is an essential responsibility of the Consumer Finance industry. To assess performance on this issue, analysts may benefit from disclosure regarding safeguarding customer data against emerging and continuously evolving cybersecurity threats and technologies, security breaches compromising customers’ personal information, and credit and debit card fraud. Entities that fail to manage these threats effectively may be susceptible to reduced revenues resulting from decreased consumer confidence and high employee turnover. Furthermore, data breaches may expose entities to lengthy, costly litigation and potential monetary losses.
Selling Practices & Product Labeling
  • Selling Practices

    Selling practices encompasses performance in three important areas that can affect an entity’s operations and financial condition. First, entity compensation and incentive policies may unintentionally encourage the selling of products and services that are not in the clients’ best interest. Secondly, an entity may be perceived as using deceptive practices from a failure to provide transparent information to customers about primary and add-on products. And finally, depending on the characteristics of products offered, poor performance on the first two elements could result in customers holding portfolios containing high concentrations of risk. Entities in the Consumer Finance industry may face increased scrutiny as regulators encourage improved transparency and enhanced disclosure. The disclosure of important lending portfolio characteristics—including average fees from add-on products, average age of credit products, average annual percentage rate (APR) of credit products, average number of credit accounts and average annual fees for pre-paid transaction products—may permit shareholders to determine which entities can best protect long-term value, rather than relying on short-term revenue generation practices. Providing consumer finance products focused on the customers’ best interest may build trust with new and existing customers, expand market share, and ensure sustainable revenue growth.

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