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4 common portfolio management mistakes to avoid

July 30, 2018 by Linda Tan

4 common mistakes

For credit and risk managers, how effectively you manage your book of business can sometimes be the difference between tirelessly chasing after accounts for collections or proactively growing your portfolio. Though there may be many factors that affect your specific credit risk management process, the underlying goal to reduce and manage your exposure to risk does not change. To help you successfully manage your portfolio, we address 4 common mistakes you need to avoid:

1. Not automating your processes 
By not having an automated, standardized method of assessing your current accounts, overall portfolio exposure to risk increases substantially. The manual review process relies too much on shrinking human capital, requires more time to complete, and can cause inconsistencies across the board. Automating processes where you can will help you focus your resources to the applications and accounts that need attention or manual review.

2. Not setting up triggers that alert you of key events
When you know problems are coming, you can take steps to protect yourself and your business. The sooner you know about something, the faster you can act on it. Setting up triggers that notify you of key changes within your customers’ accounts like a rise in late payments, increased number of collection filings, or bankruptcy filings, allows you to keep a close eye on your customers and take immediate action, if necessary. Especially when your portfolio outgrows your resources to manage it, setting up automated triggers can give credit and risk managers the foresight to manage proactively, rather than reactively.

3. Not monitoring for risk (or growth) 
Managing a large portfolio can be extremely labor intensive if you don’t apply risk scoring. A traditional risk score, in this case, usually considers the credit, public record and demographic attributes of the account, and applies a value to the results as a means of quantifying risk. This helps you prioritize your time and efforts on the minority of customers with scores that signify increased credit risk, rather than all your customers at the same time. On the flip side, you can target accounts with positive scores for growth opportunities.  

4. Not segmenting your portfolio 
Another common mistake that many portfolio managers make is not segmenting their portfolios to identify insights at a macro level. For instance, leveraging data to segment your customers and accounts by industry, business type, business size, etc., can help you uncover hidden trends not obvious otherwise. This then allows you to apply appropriate treatment strategies to mitigate risk within the accounts. Additionally, you can identify market opportunities for growth using SIC/NAICS codes and other marketing data sources to grow your footprint.

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