Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE: BKI) announced today that Keesler Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in Mississippi with more than $3 billion in assets, has signed an agreement to implement a comprehensive suite of Black Knight solutions, including the Empower loan origination system (LOS) and the MSP servicing system, to manage both its first mortgage and home equity portfolios. Keesler Federal Credit Union will use Black Knight solutions across the mortgage life cycle to support improved operational efficiency and help reduce risk.
“To support our growth, we wanted best-in-class servicing and origination systems with proven capabilities offered by a mortgage industry leader that we can trust to invest in its systems and provide ongoing support,” said Delma Powell, senior vice president and chief lending officer for Keesler Federal Credit Union. “After completing our internal due diligence, it became clear that Black Knight stood alone in fulfilling our needs.”
Empower originates both first mortgages and home equity loans on one platform and supports retail, wholesale, consumer direct and correspondent lending channels. To help Keesler Federal Credit Union get on the system more quickly, they will take advantage of the Empower Now! implementation model – which enables faster deployment with lower costs.
Keesler Federal Credit Union will use Black Knight’s suite of productivity solutions that are seamlessly integrated with Empower. These solutions include AIVA, the company’s artificial intelligence solution, to help with document classification and data extraction capabilities; a comprehensive fee monitoring service, complemented by state and federal loan-level compliance testing, third-party ordering and aggregation software; and Black Knight’s eClosing solution.
Black Knight’s suite of origination digital solutions will also enable Keesler Federal Credit Union to provide its members with easy-to-use tools. The company’s AI-augmented point-of-sale solution enhances the customer experience throughout the loan prequalification and application process, while Black Knight’s new loan officer capability will enable Keesler Federal Credit Union to easily track, monitor and provide assistance to the customer’s experience, step-by-step through the loan application process leveraging an intuitive user interface.
Keesler Federal Credit Union will also leverage the Black Knight MSP servicing system, which provides a robust, scalable and cost-effective servicing process, with the utmost focus on member satisfaction and regulatory compliance. MSP helps servicers manage all servicing processes – from loan boarding and payment processing to escrow administration, default management and more – to support greater operational efficiency, improved risk management and superior service. More advantages about the MSP system can be found here.
The MSP system will be complemented by Black Knight’s Servicing Digital, a mobile solution that will help Keesler Federal Credit Union deliver detailed, timely and highly personalized loan information to its members about the value of their homes and how much wealth can be built from these real estate assets. Servicing Digital will also help Keesler Federal Credit Union to deepen relationships and increase retention by presenting members with customized, home-related opportunities, such as refinancing, tapping home equity or the purchase of another home.
To gain maximum visibility into its originations and servicing operations, Keesler Federal Credit Union will implement Black Knight’s Actionable Intelligence Platform (AIP). This advanced data delivery framework combines Black Knight’s extensive data assets, big data ecosystem and enterprise business intelligence capabilities into a single solution. Using an array of pre-configured suites, Black Knight’s AIP helps both lending and servicing clients gain and retain customers, reduce risk and decrease operational costs.
“Black Knight is laser-focused on providing innovative technology to help credit unions better support their valued members,” said Joe Nackashi, president of Black Knight, Inc. “By leveraging multiple Black Knight solutions integrated across the loan life cycle, Keesler Federal Credit Union will gain significant value to help drive growth, increase insight across the enterprise and enhance its member experience.”
Chinese fintech attracted investments of USD 962.2 million in 2H 2019
Fintech companies in China attracted USD 962.2 million in investments from venture capital, private equity and M&A in 2H 2019, resulting in a total of USD 4,479 million in investments for the whole of 2019, according to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech H2’19 bi-annual report on global fintech investment trends.
Fintech investment in China took a breather after a massive 2018, but the country’s fintech market continued to see substantial activity and Chinese companies still ranked among the largest fintech deals in Asia Pacific for the whole of 2019. China’s large technology giants continued to focus on growing their reach geographically, making investments or plays well outside of Greater China. Ant Financial, for example, submitted an application for a digital banking license in Singapore in late 2019, while Tencent made a number of significant investments in fintech companies in other regions throughout the year, including Ualá in Argentina.
Investors in China also began to turn their attention to up-and-coming areas of fintech. These include regtech, which has appeal among VC investors because of its ability to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to assess risk and identify fraud. China-based investors are also interested in fintech companies that use these technologies more broadly to improve the operations of banks and financial institutions, such as improving operational efficiencies, generate and analyse data, as well as support wealth management.
The third quarter of 2019 saw the People’s Bank of China unveiled a three-year plan to support the development of the fintech industry. Since then, there has already been a number of moves focused on implementation. For example, a fintech sandbox is in development, with testing currently being concluded in Beijing. It is expected that this plan will help fuel future investment in fintech, particularly in key areas like risk management, cybersecurity, big data, artificial intelligence, distributed databases and authentication.
Chris Wang, Partner, Head of Fintech, KPMG China, commented, “China’s central bank and other authority bodies are working to move fintech in the country to ‘2nd half’ as part of their three-year fintech development plan. We anticipate an increased regulation and guidance for the industry and an enhanced infrastructure to support fintech development. For example, sandbox mechanism is being designed and may soon roll out to test the concept of different fintech to make sure they comply with regulations and will achieve the desired results before they enter the market.”
The fintech market in Hong Kong saw some resilience in the fourth quarter of 2019, particularly on the back of Alibaba’s decision to do a secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which raised USD 11.2 billion, making it the largest listing of the year globally.
Earlier in 2019, Hong Kong issued the first batch of eight digital banking licenses. ZhongAn was the first to launch a digital bank pilot, with others expected to follow suit in 2020. As the licensees continue to formulate their digital bank offerings, Hong Kong could see an upswing in investments in related areas, like KYC, regtech, digital onboarding and communications, and digital banking infrastructure. The issuance of digital banking licences has also spurred traditional banks to improve their own digital offerings and experience.
Avril Rae, Director, Head of Fintech, Hong Kong, KPMG China, said, “We’re starting to see ecosystems evolving with respect to digital banks. Partners are coming together to get digital banking licenses. Once they have their pilot projects underway, and they have proven their technology both internally and to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, we’ll start to see them leveraging those partnerships more deeply – integrating banking services with other offerings like travel bookings or insurance to provide their customers with a seamless experience.”
SOURCE KPMG China
Chinese fintech attracted investments of USD 962.2 million in 2H 2019
SOURCE KPMG China
CFP Board Center for Financial Planning Announces Best Paper Winners for 2020 Academic Research Colloquium
The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Best Paper Awards that were presented last week in Arlington, Va., during the Center’s fourth annual Academic Research Colloquium for Financial Planning and Related Disciplines.
- The TD Ameritrade Best Paper Award in Behavioral Finance – Sung Lee of Stern School of Business, New York University, for “Fintech Nudges: Overspending Messages and Personal Finance Management”
- The Northwestern Mutual Best Paper Award in Insurance/Risk Management – Hossein Salehi, CFP® of California Lutheran University, and Charlene Kalenkoski, CFP® of Texas Tech University, for “The Relationship Between Ownership of Insurance Products and Retirement Satisfaction”
- The Emerging Scholar Best Paper Award – Derek Tharp, CFP® of University of Southern Maine, for “Consumer Perceptions of Financial Advisory Titles and Implications for Title Regulation”
- The Best Paper Award in Investments – Da Ke of University of South Carolina, for “Left Behind: Partisan Identity and Wealth Inequality”
- The Best Paper Award in Household Finance – Nick Pretnar, Alan Montgomery, and Christopher Olivola of Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, for “A Structural Model of Mental Accounting”
A full list of 2020 accepted papers is available here.
“We received many compelling paper submissions this year, but the committee selected those that they felt demonstrated the highest research standards,” said Charles R. Chaffin, Ed.D., director of Academic Initiatives, CFP Board Center for Financial Planning. “We congratulate the winners for their contributions to knowledge and innovation in the financial planning industry.”
The Best Paper series of awards recognizes authors from a variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines that relate to financial planning. The award carries a $2,500 cash prize for the author(s) of each winning paper.
The colloquium gathers the global academic community to showcase rigorous and relevant research within financial planning and related disciplines that directly or indirectly relates to the global financial planning practice and the body of knowledge. The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning hosts the colloquium in collaboration with FP Canada and the Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd., owner of the international CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification program outside the United States.
The colloquium is made possible with support from the Center’s Lead Founding Sponsor, TD Ameritrade Institutional, and Founding Sponsors Northwestern Mutual, Envestnet and Charles Schwab Foundation, in partnership with Schwab Advisor Services.
SOURCE Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
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