SAN MATEO, Calif., May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Upstart, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) lending platform, today announced its Credit Decision API (application programming interface). By tapping into Upstart's AI models, banks and other lenders can deliver instant credit decisions for auto loans, personal loans and student loans with higher approval rates and lower loss rates. The service's programmable interface means lenders can integrate AI-powered decisioning into their existing infrastructure and workflows.
"Upstart's AI models have significantly outperformed traditional FICO-based models before and during the COVID-19 crisis," said Dave Girouard, co-founder and CEO of Upstart, "By leveraging AI, banks can improve and help derisk their lending activities during even the most rapidly changing economic environments."
Incorporating more than 1,500 variables, Credit Decision API leverages machine learning algorithms trained on more than 550,000 loans and more than 7,000,000 repayment events across Upstart's network of bank partners. Compared to traditional bank models, AI-enabled decisioning can provide banks with up to 75% fewer defaults at the same approval rate.*
Upstart's Credit Decision API is designed to provide banks with complete authority and control over their lending programs. Each decision is based on the bank partner's credit policy, lending terms, and return targets, in addition to the risk modeled for each applicant.
Upstart's Credit Decision API integrates seamlessly with any digital lending platform, enabling risk-based decisioning and declines (including Adverse Action Notice creation). Banks use their existing digital flow to gather just name, address and income information, which are passed via secure API. The results are displayed within the bank's existing application workflow.
Features of the Upstart Credit Decision API include:
Enables instant credit decisions with just name, address, and income provided by applicants
Expanded data support available for enhanced model accuracy
Decisioning assistance for auto loans, personal loans, and student loans
Dynamic response of loss rate modeling to changing unemployment levels
Programmatic enforcement of lender's credit policy, fees, and credit terms
Automated generation of intuitive Adverse Action Notice for all declines
Customizable return curve to match lender's yield targets as a function of risk
Additionally, the API can also be used to evaluate existing pools of loans in order to estimate future loss rates, helping banks to refine their loan loss reserves and servicing plans.
About Upstart Upstart is a leading AI lending platform partnering with banks to expand access to affordable credit with more than $6B in loans originated. By leveraging Upstart's AI platform, Upstart-powered banks can have higher approval rates and lower loss rates, while simultaneously delivering the exceptional digital-first lending experience their customers demand. More than two-thirds of Upstart loans are approved instantly and are fully automated. Upstart's patent-pending platform is the first to receive a no-action letter from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau related to fair lending. Upstart was founded by ex-Googlers in 2012 and is based in San Mateo, California and Columbus, Ohio.
*From an internal study by Upstart that replicated three bank models using their respective underwriting policies and evaluated their hypothetical loss rates and approval rates using Upstart's applicant base in late 2017.