Credit Card Collections: Getting a Jump on the Next Recession

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A new research report from Mercator Advisory Group focuses on strategies to improve credit card collection at each stage of credit card delinquency.

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Experience shows that the best time to hone collections is when times are good. It is much better to test strategies when you don’t need to than have to react as the economy shifts.

Mercator Advisory Group released its latest research report, Credit Card Collections: The Foundation for Safe and Sound Card Portfolio Management. The report, the second in a series of three on collections, explains the importance of preparing collections operations for the next economic cycle, a downturn that is long overdue. It also gives an overview of the U.S. revolving debt market and defines strategies for each stage of credit card delinquency.

This report complements an earlier report on back-end collections, Credit Card Charge-Off Collections Takes Brains not Brawn. The pair give credit card managers a comprehensive view of credit card collections from cradle to grave. A forthcoming report in early 2020 will discuss underlying technologies that support this market space and will compare the vendors listed in this report.

“The U.S. market is long overdue for a recession. Unemployment levels are low, gasoline is cheap, inflation is at bay, but the indicators have been good for too long,” comments the author of the research report, Brian Riley, Director, Credit Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group. “Experience shows that the best time to hone collections is when times are good. It is much better to test strategies when you don’t need to than have to react as the economy shifts.”

Highlights of the research report include:

  • Revolving debt estimates, U.S. market
  • Average credit card debt volumes
  • Credit card delinquency trends
  • The importance of technology and how it needs to drive the process
  • Collection aging strategies
  • Using third-party resources to manage overflow and diversion
  • Top collection systems

This document contains 17 pages and 10 exhibits.

Companies and other organizations mentioned in this research report include: ACI Worldwide, A.R.M Solutions, CGI, Equifax, Experian, edgeverve, FICO, Infosys, Lending Solutions, SkyCom, TransUnion

Members of Mercator Advisory Group’s Credit Advisory Service have access to these reports as well as the upcoming research for the year ahead, presentations, analyst access, and other membership benefits.

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Mercator Advisory Group is the leading independent research, and advisory services firm exclusively focused on the payments and banking industries. We deliver pragmatic and timely research and advice designed to help our clients uncover the most lucrative opportunities to maximize revenue growth and contain costs. Our clients range from the world's largest payment issuers, acquirers, processors, merchants and associations to leading technology providers and investors. Mercator Advisory Group is also the publisher of the online payments and banking news and information portal

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