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A new report by FinRegLab underscores the importance of continuing technology and data improvements to expand credit access among smaller, younger businesses. From Crisis to Opportunity: Financing for Underserved Small Businesses since COVID-19 analyzes recent lending trends, including initiatives focusing on underserved businesses, lender technology adoption, and the effect of high inflation and interest rates on both loan demand and supply. 
FinRegLab announced that it is conducting new empirical research to evaluate the inclusion impact of machine learning credit models, including those built with bank account data as well as traditional credit report information. The organization has also been invited by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to co-chair a new Technology Working Group within the OCC’s Project REACh initiative.
A new report by FinRegLab details strategies for improving data sources for credit scoring and underwriting of Kenyan micro and small enterprises (MSEs), finding that tapping multiple non-conventional (or alternative) data sources is particularly important to expanding credit access and growth among women-owned MSEs.
FinRegLab is extending its investigation of the adoption of artificial intelligence in financial services through a policy analysis focused on the growing use of machine learning models for underwriting credit and a January 17 webinar with senior federal financial regulators to discuss generative AI and other recent developments.
A new study finds that more consumers obtained short-term payment relief on their credit cards during the first 18 months of the pandemic than on any other type of loan except student debt, where forbearances were mandated by federal law. The study also finds evidence that pandemic relief initiatives may have reduced damage to the credit reports of consumers who sought long-term assistance through credit counseling and debt management programs.
FinRegLab has launched a new research project using data from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) to evaluate ways to help consumers recover more quickly from personal and economic crises such as COVID-19. The project will analyze pilot initiatives by nonprofit counseling agencies and other data sources as a springboard for considering broader market and policy changes.