Risk Assessment of unsecured loans – example of entering a new market

  • Jens Pickert
Keywords: unsecured loans, scoring models, risk assessment


Objective: The objective of the paper is to show the risk assessment of unsecured loans in theory and practise.

Research Design & Methods: In the first part, the paper makes a literature review with regard to the theory unsecured loans and their risk assessment. In the second part, a case study discusses the risk assessment process as a practical application in the hypothetical case if a Swedish bank enters the German market.

Findings: The risk assessment of unsecured loans is a standardized process there scoring models make a crucial contribution. This case study shows how difficult that process is in the event of cross-border activities, for example, a bank enters a new market in a new country.

Implications & Recommendations: Assessing applicants on a new market is challenging due to the effect of asymmetric information. The problem can be solved by information sharing and by using the experiences from the existing portfolio. Based on that the bank can create an appropriate scorecard.

Contribution & Value Added: The paper contributes to existing literature on risk assessment by applying scoring models to the case of cross-border activities.

Article type: base on in-depth analysis of literature review

Author Biography

Jens Pickert

Research fields:

- banking and finance with respect to strategic management

- Scenario Planning as a strategic management tool

- How can scenario planning be applicable in risk assessment processes?

Additional field of interest: new financial technologies (FinTech)


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