Small Business Auto Decisions – A look at how data analysis drives the decisions

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM by Stephanie Butler

In my first blog, we addressed the definition of auto decision and financial institution Culture.  Now, let’s look at data analysis.

Therbigstock-Small-Business-Loan-500x.jpge are many pieces to data analysis, and I am not a statistician, so what I will address here are the basics. 

  You cannot auto decision day one!

  • Many clients purchase a system like Bank2Business and want to auto decision day one. The financial institution has no experience with business scoring, but they want the efficiency immediately.  I am often asked, “Why I can’t tell the bank which scores are good?”  The answer to this is in my second point…

Auto decision is an automated replication of your underwriters’ decisions—that requires data.

  • We can’t mimic your underwriters’ decisions if we don’t know what they are. Every bank has a different risk tolerance.  A good score to one bank may be too risky for another. Until we can analyze that information, the gray area strategy and other factors cannot be set.
  • The MINIMUM number of loan decisions to consider creating an auto decision gray area strategy is 300. That means 300 approvals and declines of new money.  No renewals, no cash secured credits.  New dollars.  And that is a minimum

Auto decision is not just “score and go”.

  • Auto decision is more than just score. It is recommended the financial institution look at other, predictive factors as well.  An analysis of high and low side override reasons should be done to determine the credit policy messages needed to recreate the underwriters’ decisioning.  These messages may be time in business, deposits levels, etc.  This is the type of data that is gathered during the manual underwriting processes and used to create the auto decision parameters.
In my next blog, we will discuss some additional guidance for auto decision and the reporting processes.

Topics: Small Business Lending

Stephanie Butler

Written by Stephanie Butler

As Director of Advisory Services for Baker Hill, Stephanie Butler guides the implementation and strategic consulting for new and existing Baker Hill clients. Butler is responsible for analyzing client goals and objectives, and providing recommendations for best practices. Relying on more than 20 years of experience within the financial services industry, she successfully maintains a client base of banks and credit unions ranging from $100 million to $100 billion in asset size.

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