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How Loan Automation Makes Lending an Absolute No-Brainer

In the face of a pandemic that has reshaped how retail businesses connect with customers, and with the imperative to disburse crucial “stimulus” funds to businesses affected by the public-health crisis, banks and other lenders have increasingly embraced labor-saving and social-distancing technologies over the past 18 months. Experienced lenders have leveraged loan automation to overcome obstacles since 2008, including regulatory changes, new technologies, and a pandemic with 4 million deaths.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a surge in financial technology (fintech) investments, marking a banner year for the sector. CB Insights reports a 39% quarter-over-quarter growth in fintech funding in the first quarter of 2021. Notably, London-based fintechs secured more funding in the initial six months of 2021 than in any entire previous year, with investors injecting $5.3 billion compared to $2.1 billion in the same period in 2020, according to findings reported by Reuters.

However, a closer examination reveals that the digital transformation in the realm of loan automation during the pandemic has been more pronounced among larger lenders. A recent survey indicates that “77% of institutions with assets exceeding $10 billion accelerated digital transformation plans due to the pandemic,” while only half of lenders with assets less than $10 billion could make the same claim.

Where AI Comes In

Artificial intelligence (AI) stands out as a technology enhancement that lenders without automation find themselves without. AI is revolutionizing lending by enabling deeper insights into individual customer behaviors and incorporating detailed, personalized financial data. For those constrained by manual processes, innovations like AI and advanced machine learning for cutting-edge lending technologies remain out of reach. These lenders struggle with manual workarounds, hindering capabilities in due diligence and risk mitigation. Lack of integration with third-parties causes repetitive data entry, wasting time and increasing error risk. Efficient data management becomes a priority for institutions seeking to save time and minimize unnecessary risks.

Integrating online applications with the lending system automates third-party form inputs, loan management, and internal analytics. Integrated automation yields unparalleled insight, enabling community financial institutions to better prepare for economic changes by addressing inefficiencies, reducing costs, minimizing turnaround times, and lowering risk. Salesforce and similar technologies consolidate customer information, enabling centralized customer engagements, accurate reporting, and pipeline tracking.

The net effect of integrated automation is improved efficiency and insight. With all customer engagements recorded and accessible from a centralized source, lenders can respond more swiftly to third-party queries. Automatic notifications guide the process, ensuring proper order and reducing bottlenecks. Evolving technology allows lenders to merge loan pricing, analysis, and risk assessment, enhancing efficiency and informing pricing decisions. Ultimately, loan automation enables firms to strategically price loans, making operations simultaneously competitive and profitable.

Don’t struggle with loan management any longer. Schedule a demo to discover how Vergent can automate your lending processes and simplify your workload.