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Press Release Archive 2001



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December 2001

Consumer Confidence Makes Big Jump
The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined dramatically over the past three months, rebounded in December...
(December 28, 2001)

eFunds Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter Results
eFunds Corporation (Nasdaq: EFDS), a leading provider of electronic payment, risk management and related information technology and business process improvement services, today announced...
(December 28, 2001)

S&P;’s Economist Warns on U.S. Credit Card Debt
Charge–offs by credit card companies are set to hit a record 8% in 2002 as recession and unemployment take a bite out of incomes in the U.S. According to a report by Standard & Poor’s Chief Economist David Wyss...
(December 27, 2001)

Credit Quality of U.S. Corporations Declined in 2001‚ Should Improve in 2002
Moody’s Investors Service reported the credit quality of US corporations continued to fall precipitously in 2002‚ as rating downgrades outnumbered upgrades by a margin of 2.9 to 1...
(December 27, 2001)

MSN Hits New Shopping High This Holiday Season With Consumers Spending $5.6 Billion Online
The MSN(R) network of Internet services today announced that visitors to MSN spent $5.6 billion online during the 2001 holiday season(1)...
(December 26, 2001)

First National Bank to Purchase Assets of California Bank & Trust Monterey, Watsonville Offices
First National Bank of Central California, a subsidiary of Pacific Capital Bancorp (Nasdaq:SABB) today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire certain of the assets and liabilities of the Monterey and Watsonville branches...
(December 26, 2001)

Canadian Merchants Gain Control and Reduce Cost of Accepting Electronic Payments
VeriFone Inc., the worldwide leader in electronic payment solutions, and Toronto-based e-Smart Direct Services, Inc., one of Canada's leading processors, announced a multi-million dollar contract...
(December 26, 2001)

Late Card Payments Down for Third Quarter 2001; Consumers on Top of Bills Despite Challenges of Slow Economy
Contrary to what many may have expected‚ fewer people were past due on their credit card bills in the third quarter of 2001‚ according to the American Bankers Association’s latest Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin...
(December 21, 2001)

Fitch Plcs 5 Energy Related Companies on Rating Watch Neg
Because of recent negative events and adverse market sentiment affecting the energy sector‚ the market capitalization of the entire sector has been reduced...
(December 21, 2001)

Citigroup Appoints Stanley Fischer as Vice Chairman
Citigroup Inc. announced that Stanley Fischer‚ the former First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and one of the world’s foremost economists‚ will join Citigroup in February as Vice Chairman...
(December 21, 2001)

Swiss Re‚ NCM and Gerling Insurance Group Announce the Establishment of Gerling NCM Credit and Finance Group
Swiss Re‚ NCM and Gerling Insurance Group said late yesterday that the transaction to combine Swiss Re’s 90% owned subsidiary‚ NCM Holding N.V.‚ with Gerling Credit creating Gerling NCM Credit and Finance AG has been completed...
(December 20, 2001)

Fed Increases Threshold for Home Mortgage Disclosure Exemption
The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced that the asset–size exemption threshold for depository institutions under Regulation C (Home Mortgage Disclosure) has been increased from $31 million to $32 million...
(December 20, 2001)

U.S. Composite Indexes Up in November
The Conference Board announced late yesterday that the U.S. leading index increased by 0.5 percent‚ the coincident index decreased by 0.2 percent‚ and the lagging index decreased by 0.7 percent in November...
(December 20, 2001)

Convergent Resources announces New President of Consumer and Commercial Divisions
Convergent Resources, Inc. ("CRI"), an Atlanta-based company, today announced that Sheldon Zucker, previously Chief Operating Officer of CRI, was named President of the Consumer and Commercial Divisions of CRI... (December 19, 2001)

Convergys Appoints Stephen Thomas as President, Convergys Europe, Middle East, Africa
Convergys Corporation the global leader in integrated billing and customer care services, announced today the appointment of Stephen Thomas to the position of President - Convergys Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)... (December 19, 2001)

FleetBoston to Take a Series of Actions to Strengthen Balance Shee
Recognizing the ongoing economic slowdown, FleetBoston Financial today announced a series of actions to strengthen the company's balance sheet... (December 19, 2001)

Union Bank of California to Acquire Simi Valley's First Western Bank
UnionBanCal Corporation, parent company of Union Bank of California, N.A., and First Western Bank jointly announced today a definitive agreement for UBOC to acquire First Western in a transaction... (December 19, 2001)

iShopSecure completes the 3–D Secure Compliance validation
Today‚ shopping on the Internet just became a lot safer and much more secure... (December 18, 2001)

Unisys Study Reveals New Digital Divide Emerging Among Businesses
Research uncovers three categories based on their returns on investment (ROI) from technology; majority of companies more willing to invest in IT next year... (December 18, 2001)

D&B Receivable Management Services Expands Operations Into Mexico
D&B Receivable Management Services will have offices in Mexico City‚ Monterrey and Guadalajara‚ with additional cities expected in the future... (December 18, 2001)

Equifax Credit Watch Named “Best Product”
BusinessWeek has selected Equifax Credit Watch as one of the best products of 2001... (December 17, 2001)

Federal Reserve Selects Thrift Members
The Federal Reserve Board announced the names of four new members of its Thrift Institutions Advisory Council and designated a new President and Vice President of the Council for 2002... (December 17, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Rolls Out New Version of TRIAD
TFair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE:FIC) announced today version 7.0 of its TRIAD™ adaptive control system at the BAI’s Retail Delivery 2001 Conference... (December 14, 2001)

Experian Names Global Chief Financial Officer
Experian, a global information solutions provider, today announced that it has appointed Paul Brooks as global chief financial officer... (December 13, 2001)

Fed Board Governor Resigns
Edward W. Kelley, Jr., submitted his resignation Wednesday as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, effective December 31, 2001... (December 13, 2001)

Guidance on Financial Privacy
Staff of the federal agencies that supervise banks, thrifts, and credit unions today issued guidance to help financial institutions comply with these agencies' consumer privacy regulations... (December 13, 2001)

CBA: Fed Takes 'Aggressive' Action Against Predatory Lending
Consumer Bankers Association President Joe Belew today said the Federal Reserve Board's "aggressive approach to fighting predatory lending represents... (December 13, 2001)

S&P: Credit Card Charge-Offs Increased in October
Credit card charge-off rates increased in October 2001, according to Standard & Poor's Credit Card Quality Indexes... (December 13, 2001)

MERit Credit Engine Adds XML Credit Reports
The MERit Credit Engine, MCE (TM), has added capabilities to provide Single or three Bureau Merged XML Formatted Credit Report data... (December 13, 2001)

Examen Announces Releases Next Generation Application
Examen, Inc., an award winning technology firm, today announced the next generation of its Web-based, legal business management application, LegalPath 2.0... (December 12, 2001)

Cardservicer Launches Credit Card Processing Platform
Cardservicer, a leading provider of credit card processing solutions, today announced the launch of its revolutionary new technology platform... (December 12, 2001)

Money Management International Honored with Phoenix Award for "Most Improved Agency" By National Foundation for Credit Counseling
Money Management International (MMI), a non-profit credit counseling organization providing financial guidance, was presented the Phoenix Award for the "Most Improved Agency" by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)... (December 12, 2001)

Fair, Isaac to Acquire Nykamp Consulting
In a move to expand and enhance its already significant presence in the $13 billion customer relationship management (CRM) industry, Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE:FIC) today announced its acquisition of Nykamp Consulting Group, Inc.... (December 12, 2001)

S&P: Credit Card Charge-Offs Increased in October
Credit card charge-off rates increased in October 2001, according to Standard & Poor's Credit Card Quality Indexes... (December 12, 2001)

Fed Approves Predatory Lending Rule
The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday approved the issuance of a final rule that amends its regulations aimed at curbing predatory lending... (December 12, 2001)

SITEL Wins Multi-Year Customer Service Contract With Group3G in Germany
SITEL Corporation (NYSE:SWW), the world's leading contact center expert, today announced the signing of a contract with Group3G... (December 12, 2001)

Fair, Isaac's New Customer Data Service Puts Compass Bank's CRM Capability into Overdrive
As the first leading financial institution to deploy Fair, Isaac and Company's (NYSE:FIC) new customer data integration (CDI) service, Compass Bank is about to put its customer relationship management (CRM) capability into overdrive... (December 11, 2001)

Canadian $65 Million-Plus Debt Portfolio Sold
David Northern, Director, Risk Management for NRCSC stated: "SCORE, and in particular Stephen Sheather, have once again provided us with exceptional service and professionalism... (December 11, 2001)

New Electronic Check Payment Solution Eliminates Paper and Increases Retailer Efficiency
RichSolutions Inc., leading provider of ePayment Web Services and developer of RichPayments.NET, today announced the immediate availability of Electronic Check Capture... (December 11, 2001)

Equitant Names New GM, North Americ
Equitant, the leading provider of Order-To-Cash* outsourcing solutions to the Global 1000, announced today that Timothy Hascall has been appointed General Manager of North America... (December 11, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Creates Fastest, Most Reliable Route to Sharper Customer View for CRM Market
Fair, Isaac SmartLink, Powered by Equifax, Sets New Standard in Customer Data Integration; Fair, Isaac MarketSmart Decision System is First Product to Include Next Generation CDI Solution... (December 10, 2001)

Alpine Deploys ePath Learning
ePath Learning, Inc. announced that Golden, Colo.-based virtual outsource provider of customer care services Alpine Access, Inc. has selected and deployed ePath Learning ASAP... (December 10, 2001)

Partnership Yields New Automated “Distressed Property” Management Process
Industry leaders REO.com and London Bridge Group have announced a technology partnership that delivers significant productivity gains.... (December 07, 2001)

Survey Shows Privacy Officers Take Hold In Key Consumer Industries
First findings of a national benchmark survey of privacy officers across consumer-services industries, released today by Privacy & American Business (P&AB).... (December 07, 2001)

MOODY'S AFFIRMS RATINGS OF J.P. MORGAN CHASE & CO. (LONG-TERM DEBT AT Aa3), AS WELL AS THE RATINGS OF ITS SUBSIDIARIES;ENRON EXPOSURE HAS NO RATING IMPACT
Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the ratings of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and its subsidiaries following the bankruptcy of Enron Corporation... (December 07, 2001)

Outsourcing Solutions Inc. Announces Strong Third Quarter 2001 Results
Outsourcing Solutions Inc. (OSI), announced total revenues for the quarter ending September 30, 2001 of $151.0 million, a 12.8 % increase from $133.9 million in fiscal 2000... (December 07, 2001)

E-Debt Portfolio Volume Surges as Debt Sales Activity Heats Up
E-Debt Financial Services, Inc. today announced that for the first time since inception in 1999 over $2 billion in distressed debt.... (December 06, 2001)

Banco Santander Brasil Implements Fair, Isaac's Advanced Decision Engine Technology to Bring Greater Insight to Banking Strategy
Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE:FIC), the leading global provider of creative analytics and decision technology, announced today that Banco Santander Brasil SA.... (December 06, 2001)

MOODY'S DOWNGRADES TO Ba1 FROM Baa3 THE RATINGS FOR SENIOR UNSECURED DEBT OF BRITISH AIRWAYS; REVIEWS RATINGS FOR POSSIBLE FURTHER DOWNGRADE
Moody's Investors Service today downgraded the ratings for senior unsecured debt of British Airways Plc ("BA") to Ba1 from Baa3.... (December 06, 2001)

Convergys Opens First Integrated Contact Center in India
Convergys Corporation (NYSE:CVG), the global leader in integrated billing and customer care services, announced today the opening of its first integrated contact center in India.... (December 06, 2001)

Moneris Solutions Selects InfoSpace's Authorize.Net to Offer Secure Internet Payment Solutions to Merchants
North America's Sixth Largest Merchant Payment Solutions Provider Now Offers Secure Internet Payment Services Through InfoSpace's Authorize.Net.... (December 05, 2001)

TRANSUNION INTRODUCES NEW FRAUD DETECTION SERVICE
TransUnion LLC today announced the availability of TransUnion TOTAL IDSM, a quick and accurate fraud detection service that reduces manual review time.... (December 05, 2001)

MOODY'S CONFIRMS RATINGS OF FORD AND FORD MOTOR CREDIT; RATING OUTLOOK REMAINS NEGATIVE
Moody's confirmed the A3 long-term rating for Ford and the A2 long-term and Prime-1 short-term ratings Ford Motor Credit Company following Ford's earnings warning.... (December 05, 2001)

MERit Credit Engine Adds Merged or Single XML Credit Reports
The MERit Credit Engine, MCE (TM), has added capabilities to provide Merged XML Formatted Credit Report data.... (December 05, 2001)

GETPAID Introduces DRS AutoTrack for Automatic Tracking and Escalation of Problem Invoices
The GETPAID® Corporation, a leading supplier of receivable management software and services, announced today the availability of DRS AutoTrack for the tracking of problem invoices through the resolution cycle.... (December 05, 2001)

OSI Announces Strong Third Quarter 2001 Results
Outsourcing Solutions Inc. (OSI), announced total revenues for the quarter ending September 30, 2001 of $151.0 million, a 12.8% increase.... (December 04, 2001)

NAREX to Auction $48 Million in Freshly Charged-off Auto Deficiencies
NAREX Inc. is auctioning approximately $48 million in zero agency freshly charged-off auto loan deficiencies from a major credit grantor... (December 03, 2001)

ChoicePoint® Helps IKEA Save Millions
With the help of ChoicePoint (NYSE:CPS), the leading provider of credential verification and identification services, Sweden-based retailer IKEA avoided losing $5.2 million to fraud last year... (December 03, 2001)

HNC Software Launches Global Fraud Reduction Services
HNC Software Inc. (Nasdaq:HNCS) today announced the expansion of its Fraud Consulting Group into Europe to help companies reduce fraud losses by optimizing business practices... (December 03, 2001)

InfoUSA Releases New Version of PowerFinder:
infoUSA (Nasdaq: IUSA) today announced the shipment of PowerFinder version 2, a comprehensive database containing accurate and detailed information on 115 million U.S. businesses and residences... (December 03, 2001)

Apropos Technology, Providian, and NextCard Hit with Securities Class Actions
Investors are pursuing federal securities class actions involving Apropos Technology, Inc., Providian Financial Corporation and NextCard, Inc., Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo said today... (December 03, 2001)

COMMENTS ON OCTOBER'S CONSUMPTION
The Commerce Department issued today its preliminary report for Personal Income and Outlays for the month of October 2001.... (December 03, 2001)

November 2001

Merger & Acquisition Success Hinges on Integration Excellence
As more and more companies merge to become globally dominant forces, it becomes increasingly important for leaders to examine successful past mergers for critical management insights... (November 30, 2001)

CRM White Paper Available From Experian
Experian's white paper entitled Customer Data Integration The Essential Link for Customer Relationship Management is now available... (November 30, 2001)

SkyMinder Adds Two Prominent Information Providers
SkyMinder today announced its partnership with two information providers -ORT and Global Securities Information (GSI)... (November 30, 2001)

Streamlined Health Service Operations and Strong Collections Produce Second Quarter Profits for PMR Corp.
PMR Corporation (Nasdaq:PMRP) announced financial results for the second quarter ended October 31, 2001... (November 29, 2001)

People's Bank Selects HNC Software Product for CRM Initiative
HNC Software Inc. (Nasdaq: HNCS), a leading provider of high-end analytics and decision management software, announced today that People's Bank (Nasdaq: PBCT)... (November 29, 2001)

BancFirst Ohio and UNB Merger Gets Fed Approval, New Name Selected
BancFirst Ohio Corp. (Nasdaq: BFOH) and UNB Corp. (Nasdaq: UNBO), announced today that the Federal Reserve Board has approved the application for the BancFirst Ohio Corp. and UNB Corp. merger of equals... (November 29, 2001)

Piper Jaffray Sees More Strength in Q3 M&A;
Despite ongoing market volatility and an overall slowdown in the U.S. economy, U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray maintained strength... (November 29, 2001)

GETPAID In Line with Industry Support of J2EE
The GETPAID Corporation, a leading supplier of receivable management software and services, announced its alignment with leading organizations... (November 28, 2001)

Experian Introduces New Risk Management Tool
In order to help bankcard issuers meet the special challenges associated with the high-risk, non-prime market segment, Experian, a leading provider... (November 28, 2001)

Providian to Develop Capital and Growth Plans Pursuant to Agreement With Regulators
Providian Financial Corporation (NYSE: PVN) announced today that it has agreed with the U.S. agencies that regulate its Providian National Bank and Providian Bank subsidiaries.. (November 28, 2001)

CONSECO CHOOSES FISERV PLUS SYSTEM TO MARKET AND FLEXIBILITY
Fiserv, Inc. (Nasdaq: FISV) announced today that it has renewed its contract with top-four private label credit card issuer Conseco Finance Corp. to provide.. (November 28, 2001)

Enron Announces Notification By Dynegy of Merger Termination
Enron Corp. (NYSE: ENE - news) announced today that it has received a notice from Dynegy Inc. (NYSE: DYN - news) that, effective immediately, it is terminating.. (November 28, 2001)

Commercial Placements Soar in Third Quarter
The Commercial Collection Agency Association of the Commercial Law League of America (CCAA) reports that its members experienced a significant increase in accounts... (November 27, 2001)

Asta Funding Buys $135 Million Debt Package
Asta Funding Inc., (NASDAQ:ASFI), a leading consumer receivables asset management and liquidation company today announced that it acquired $135 million... (November 27, 2001)

Best of Agency Examiner Released
Resource Management Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that its publication, "THE BEST OF THE AGENCY EXAMINER" is now available... (November 26, 2001)

Dolan Information Announces Partnership With Akcelerant Software To Be Primary Delivery Source For Banko Product To Retail Banking Clients
Akcelerant's Web-Based Application Will Be Preferred Portal For Delivering Bankruptcy Information... (November 26, 2001)

GETPAID In Line with Industry Support of J2EE
The GETPAID© Corporation, a leading supplier of receivable management software and services, announced today its alignment with... (November 26, 2001)

Consumers Urged to Monitor Credit Reports
n preparation for the biggest shopping day of the year and the upcoming holiday season, Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX), is encouraging consumers to be on alert for changes to their personal credit report... (November 21, 2001)

System Rating IT-Enabled Outsourcing Providers Launched
In response to the growing need for standards to evaluate companies providing information technology (IT) enabled outsourcing services, researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have... (November 20, 2001)

Fitch: Franchise Loan Defaults Quadruple In 2001
Defaults of franchise loans have more than quadrupled, from more than $200 million in September of last year to more than $900 million in September of this year, with cumulative defaults topping $1.3 billion... (November 19, 2001)

Alliance to Promote Commercial Health Claims Fraud Detection System
HNC Software Inc. (Nasdaq:HNCS), a leading provider of high-end analytics and decision management software, and IntelliClaim, a company that helps medical claim payors reduce costs... (November 16, 2001)

SHIFT4 Credit Card Transaction Volume Approaching Normal
Shift4 Corp. today announced that its January through October 2001 dollar volume processed was $3.8 billion, and it meets the... (November 16, 2001)

S&P; and RiskMetrics Develop New Credit Risk Product
NEW YORK Standard & Poor's Risk Solutions, the customized credit risk services division of Standard & Poor's, and RiskMetrics Group, the New York-based risk management software and research firm, today announced... (November 15, 2001)

Fed Announces Results of Study of the Payments System
New data collected by the Federal Reserve System suggest check writing in the United States is steadily giving way to electronic forms of payment as consumers... (November 15, 2001)

Truth in Lending Trigger Adjusted
The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday published its annual adjustment of the dollar amount that triggers additional disclosure... (November 15, 2001)

FINANCIAL EXECUTIVES WEIGH IN ON PRO-FORMA EARNINGS
At a conference in New York City hosted by Financial Executives International (FEI), financial executives expressed strong support yesterday for responsible reporting of pro-forma earnings... (November 15, 2001)

The Credit Network Completes Reverse Link with Sound Software
The Credit Network (TCN), a national mortgage credit reporting service provider, announced that it has completed a reverse technology... (November 15, 2001)

Algorithmics and Standard & Poor's to Integrate and Market Credit Risk Productss
Algorithmics Incorporated, a worldwide leader in enterprise risk management solutions, and Standard & Poor's announced today that the two firms intend to bring added value... (November 14, 2001)

FCIB-NACM to Educate Credit Professionals to Mitigate Export Credit Risk
FCIB (Finance, Credit and International Business), the international arm of NACM (National Association of Credit Management) announced that they have been awarded a $155,125 financial assistance grant... (November 14, 2001)

Open Ratings Launches Buyer Insight: Alerts!
Open Ratings, the global standard for predictive supplier performance solutions, today announced the launch of the charter customer program... (November 14, 2001)

Daisytek Announces Second Quarter Earnings
Daisytek International Corporation (Nasdaq:DZTK - news) announced that second quarter income from continuing operations was $3.2 million and diluted... (November 12, 2001)

GETPAID Selected For European Shared Services Trading Company
The GETPAID® Corporation, a leading supplier of receivables management software and services, announced today the selection of its products by the Swedish... (November 12, 2001)

Consumer Action Joins Capital One in a 'Money Wi$e Partnership'
Consumer Action and Capital One announce the launch of Money Wi$e, a national financial literacy partnership... (November 12, 2001)

Experian Launches Quick Predict
Experian, a leading provider of global information solutions, has launched Quick Predict, an automated segmentation methodology that efficiently predicts household behavior... (November 12, 2001)

Laura Binion Joins CheckFree as General Counsel
CheckFree Corporation (NASDAQ: CKFR) today announced that Laura Binion, 44, has joined the Company as Senior Vice President and General Counsel... (November 09, 2001)

NAREX to Auction $50+ Million in Fresh Auto Deficiencies
NAREX Inc. is auctioning over $50 million in fresh auto deficiencies from a major credit grantor through the NAREX Recovery Optimizer Auction... (November 09, 2001)

BARBARELLO JOINS OXFORD MANAGEMENT
Robert J. Barbarello has joined Oxford Management Services Inc. as the Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Development... (November 08, 2001)

MOODY'S PLACES RATINGS OF DELPHI FINANCIAL (SENIOR DEBT AT Ba1) AND SUBSIDIARY ON REVIEW FOR UPGRADE
Approximately $150 Million of Debt Securities Affected... (November 08, 2001)

HFMA WANTS YOU TO KNOW -- November 7, 2001
Today, HFMA released a new study that estimates the potential savings that can be garnered by successfully implementing electronic transaction standards... (November 08, 2001)

S&P; Forms Alliance, Expands Credit Risk Analysis
Standard & Poor's (S&P;), a leading global provider of independent financial information and analytical services, today announced that it has formed a strategic alliance... (November 07, 2001)

NCO Group Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results
NCO Group, Inc. (``NCO'')(Nasdaq: NCOG - news), a leading provider of accounts receivable management and collection services, announced today that during the third quarter it achieved net income of $0.30 per share... (November 07, 2001)

The GETPAID Corporation Announces Opening of Boston Office
The GETPAID® Corporation, a leading supplier of receivable management software and services, announced today the opening of its seventh regional office... (November 07, 2001)

Palomar Launches New Debt Acquisition Business
Palomar Enterprises Inc. announces the company intends to launch a new credit and financial services venture focused on acquiring and collecting on non-performing debt... (November 06, 2001)

Fed Drops Rates
The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate by... (November 06, 2001)

Private Business Inc. Reports Quarterly Results and $6 Million Debt Reduction
Private Business, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBIZ), which provides solutions that assist banks in the management of accounts receivable... (November 06, 2001)

The GETPAID Corporation Announces Expansion of UK Office
Gearing up to expand market share in Europe, The GETPAID® Corporation, the leading provider of receivable management software, today announced... (November 05, 2001)

MOODY'S DOWNGRADES RATINGS OF PROVIDIAN FINANCIAL CORPORATION (SENIOR TO Ba3) AND PROVIDIAN NATIONAL BANK (DEPOSITS TO Ba1/NOT PRIME)
Moody's Investors Service today downgraded the ratings of credit card issuer Providian Financial Corporation... (November 05, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Rolls Out Product
With the introduction today of its Customer Acquisition Strategy Optimization(TM) (CASO) consulting service, Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE:FIC) will leverage the power and market demand... (November 05, 2001)

Palomar Launches New Debt Acquisition Business
Palomar Enterprises Inc. announces the company intends to launch a new credit and financial services venture... (November 05, 2001)

ACA International Members Donate Over $144,600 To Various Charities
For the past nine years, ACA International members throughout the country have been participating in Collectors Challenge, an annual event that encourages... (November 05, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Applies Power of Its Strategy Science to Guide Card Marketing
Advanced Decision Analytics Define New Approach to Customer Acquisition, Promising Better Customers, Higher Profits at Reduced Acquisition Costs... (November 05, 2001)

SITEL EXPANDS MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH GENESIS POWER IN NEW ZEALAND
SITEL to increase services nearly threefold in line with growth of NZ power generator and retailer... (November 05, 2001)

New Service for Small Business Lenders
As more small business owners are seeking financial services designed for their unique needs, Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE:FIC), and Baker Hill Corporation announced today the release of LiquidCredit... (November 02, 2001)

SITEL CORPORATION REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2001 RESULTS
SITEL Corporation (NYSE:SWW), the world's leading contact center expert, announced today its financial results for the third quarter... (November 01, 2001)

Thornton Capital Advisors Conducts Initial Closing of $100 Million Fund Series To Invest in Portfolios of Consumer Debt
Innovative Fund Closes its First Round Ahead of Schedule, With Strong Institutional Support... (November 01, 2001)

U.S. Bank to Provide Financial Services to Recovery Partners $100 Million Fund Series
Thornton Capital Advisors, Inc. Chooses Nations' 8th Largest Financial Services Company to Provide Corporate Trust... (November 01, 2001)

NextCard For Sale
NextCard Inc. announced that its board of directors has retained Goldman, Sachs & Co. to explore opportunities for the sale of the company to a larger, more established financial institution... (November 01, 2001)

October 2001

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TROUBLED ABOUT ECONOMIC FUTURE
MOST U.S. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS REPORT DOWNTURNS IN SALES SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, according to a recent web-based series of interviews... (October 31, 2001)

Cashflow Plan - Tool for managing business cash flows
PlanWare has released Cashflow Plan, a range of Excel-based cash flow planners for businesses... (October 31, 2001)

Omnium Worldwide Selects Ontario Systems
Omnium Worldwide recently selected Ontario Systems to provide a receivables management system to manage the company's healthcare collections... (October 31, 2001)

Dun & Bradstreet Decides With Confidence: Changes Name to D&B;
Company Launches New Corporate Brand Image as Part of its Blueprint for Growth... (October 30, 2001)

Advanced Merchant Solutions, Inc. releases Pocket Verifier Professional to retail stores nationwide
Advanced Merchant Solutions Inc., the creators of MerchantAnywhere.com have released their Pocket Verifier Professional product... (October 30, 2001)

U.S. Bancorp Equipment Finance Selects eCredit.com as Lease Underwriting Platform
eCredit Software To Support Lease Origination for Multiple Channels Including the Web,... (October 30, 2001)

Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index Dives
The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index -- declining for the fourth consecutive month -- fell 11.5 points in October... (October 30, 2001)

Economy May Begin Recovery Later in 2002 - Or 2003
The events of September 11 have pushed the economy into a recession, and recovery is at least a year away... (October 30, 2001)

Experian acquires Interface
Acquisition of French & Associates subsidiary creates Ireland's largest business information service... (October 30, 2001)

VITAL SIGNS MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH CERTEGY CHECK SERVICES
Vital Merchant Services To Provide Full Terminal Management Services and Merchant Help Desk Support... (October 30, 2001)

MicroBilt Acquires Leading Provider of Instant Online Loan Approval Technology
FIData joins forces with MicroBilt to Enhance Suite of Online Loan Engine Products... (October 29, 2001)

MOODY'S PLACES ALL LONG TERM DEBT OBLIGATIONS OF ENRON CORP ON REVIEW FOR DOWNGRADE; SENIOR UNSECURED AT Baa1
Moody's Investors Service placed all the long term debt obligations of Enron on review for downgrade following the announcement... (October 29, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Announces Alliance With Intuit to Deliver Credit Empowerment to Millions of Consumers Online
Multi-Year Deal Pairs FICO, Top Brand in Credit Scoring, With A Leading Brand in Personal Finance Software and Web Services... (October 29, 2001)

CORRECTION: MOODY'S DOWNGRADES ENRON CORP LONG TERM DEBT RATINGS (SENIOR UNSECURED TO Baa2) AND KEEPS THEM UNDER REVIEW FOR DOWNGRADE; PLACES ENRON'S P-2 COMMERCIAL PAPER RATING ON REVIEW FOR DOWNGRADE
Approximately $13 Billion of Securities Affected... (October 29, 2001)

RMA Inks Debt Deal with Cargill
Risk Management Alternatives (RMA), a leading provider of debt collection, accounts receivable management and call-center services, announced a strategic agreement... (October 26, 2001)

D&B; Receivable Management Services Reports Strong Revenue Results
Collection Trends Stabilize After September 11, Expansion Plans Moving Forward... (October 25, 2001)

MOODY'S RAISES HELLER FINANCIAL'S RATINGS TO Aaa FOLLOWING ACQUISITION BY GE CAPITAL
Moody's upgraded Heller Financial, Inc.'s ratings (to Aaa for senior debt, to Prime-1 for short-term obligations) following the company's acquisition by General Electric Capital Corporation (Senior at Aaa)... (October 25, 2001)

Metris Companies Realigns Operations Centers
Metris Companies announced today the opening of its new Duluth, Minn., operations center... (October 25, 2001)

Vengroff Named Cisco Systems' Business Partner
Vengroff, Williams & Associates Inc., the global leader in the receivable management industry, announced it has been named Cisco Systems,... (October 24, 2001)

TRANSUNION INTRODUCES NEW ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT SERVICE
TransUnion LLC today announced the availability of TransUnion Rapid Notify Portfolio Management, an industry-leading account management service... (October 24, 2001)

Convergys Reports Financial Results
Convergys Corp., the global leader in integrated billing and customer care, announced its financial results for the third quarter... (October 24, 2001)

NAREX to Broker $80MM in Long Distance Charge-offs
NAREX Inc. is brokering the sale of over $80 million in long distance charge-offs through the NAREX Recovery Optimizer Auction... (October 24, 2001)

MOODY'S REVIEWS FOR POSSIBLE DOWNGRADE THE RATINGS OF PROVIDIAN FINANCIAL CORPORATION (SENIOR AT Ba1) AND PROVIDIAN NATIONAL BANK (DEPOSITS AT Baa2/PRIME-3)
Moody's Investors Service today placed on review for possible downgrade the ratings of credit card issuer Providian Financial Corporation (Senior at Ba1) and its subsidiary... (October 23, 2001)

MOODY'S REPORTS: U.S. COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE WEAKER IN THE WAKE OF TERRORISTS' ATTACKS; HOTELS DOWN SHARPLY
New York City Office Market May Not Decline Substantially... (October 23, 2001)

BLOODHOUND® COLLECTION SOFTWARE NOW AVAILABLE ON THE WEB AS "BLOODHOUND ASP"
ROYDAN Enterprises Ltd of Manitowoc, the developer of Bloodhound® debt collection software, is now offering access... (October 22, 2001)

CheckFree Confirms Full-Year Guidance for Fiscal 2002, Posts First Quarter Results
CheckFree Corporation (NASDAQ: CKFR) today announced revenues of $116.7 million for the first quarter ended September 30, 2001... (October 23, 2001)

CollectionsX Awarded Contract by FDIC to Participate in Online Loan Sales Program
CollectionsX to market FDIC loan portfolios through its XAuction exchange... (October 22, 2001)

GETPAID Introduces GETPAID 7i for Internet Based Receivable Management
The GETPAID® Corporation, a leading supplier of receivable management software and services, announced today the availability of GETPAID 7i... (October 22, 2001)

Acquisition Enhances Current Business By Strengthening D&B's Sales and Marketing Solutions
Dun & Bradstreet today announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Harris InfoSource International Inc.... (October 22, 2001)

eNet30 Aligns With RiskWise To Automate Data Verification Process for Business Trade Credit
RiskWise, a LexisNexis Company, and eNet30 announced today that the two companies have aligned to launch the eNet30 system.... (October 22, 2001)

S&P;: Credit Card Charge-Offs Down; Performance Decline Expected
Bank credit card charge-off rates dropped in August 2001, but performance deterioration is expected in the future... (October 19, 2001)

Third Quarter's $21.9 Billion of Bond Defaults Second Most Severe on Record
Moody's Investors Service reported on Wednesday that the quarter ended in September was the second worst ever in terms of dollar volume of speculative-grade corporate bond defaults... (October 19, 2001)

"Sallie Mae" Loan Originations Reach Record Level
USA Education, Inc., commonly known as Sallie Mae, reported yesterday that its third-quarter 2001 "core cash basis" earnings were $163 million, a 27-percent increase... (October 19, 2001)

Synovus Financial Corp.'s Net Income for Third Quarter Up 22%
Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: "SNV"), the Columbus, Ga.-based multi-financial services company, announced this week that net income was $78.9 million for the third quarter 2001... (October 19, 2001)

Cap One Reports Record Third Quarter Earnings
Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) today announced its 17th consecutive quarter of record earnings... (October 18, 2001)

National Credit Group Secures $2 Million Financing
National Credit Group (NCG), which provides business credit reporting online directly from the world's largest bureaus, announced today that it has secured $2MM... (October 18, 2001)

Certegy Reports Third Quarter Revenue Growth of 12 Percent
Certegy Inc. (NYSE: CEY - news) today reported third quarter 2001 diluted earnings per share of $0.35 on revenue of $218.0 million... (October 18, 2001)

D&B; Reports 21 Percent Growth in Third Quarter Earnings
Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB - news) today reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the quarter ended September 30, 2001 of 35 cents, up 21 percent from 29 cents a year ago... (October 18, 2001)

CollectionsX Awarded Contract by FDIC to Participate in Online Loan Sales Program
CollectionsX to market FDIC loan portfolios through its XAuction exchange... (October 17, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Signs London-Based HSBC Group; First Global Customer of Credit Line Strategy Optimization Service
In an announcement today, Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE:FIC) said that London-based HSBC Holdings plc, one of the world's largest banking and financial organizations, has... (October 17, 2001)

CollectionsWorld Launches Online Career Center and Jobs Board
CollectionsWorld, the leading Internet portal for the credit-risk management and collections profession, has launched a powerful new resource... (October 17, 2001)

Equifax Reports Strong Third Quarter Results
Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX - news) today reported strong third quarter results driven by continued excellent performance in its North American operations... (October 17, 2001)

Outsourcing Potential in Trade Receivables Encourages S&P; Into the Market
Recognizing the ever growing need for greater operating efficiencies in the trade receivables market, Standard & Poor's Risk Solutions has... (October 17, 2001)

Whitewater Bank fastest install ever in IBS history
A Wisconsin bank not only became the newest customer for Intelligent Banking Solutions, but also set a record... (October 16, 2001)

Alliance Capital Selects CheckFree to Streamline Reconciliation
Leading global investment management firm automates reconciliation processes with complete solution suite... (October 16, 2001)

The Credit Network Announces Bilingual Reporting Capabilities
Mortgage credit reporting now offered in Spanish... (October 16, 2001)

Metavante And AmSouth Form Alliance To Enable Companies With Electronic Presentment And Payment Solutions
Co-Branded Initiative To Fuel Consumer Adoption For AmSouth Commercial Billers... (October 16, 2001)

MOODY'S PLACES ALL LONG TERM DEBT OBLIGATIONS OF ENRON CORP ON REVIEW FOR DOWNGRADE; SENIOR UNSECURED AT Baa1
Approximately $ 13 Billion of Debt Securities Affected.... (October 16, 2001)

FRENCH & ASSOCIATES LANDS AGREEMENT WITH CISCO SYSTEMS
French & Associates, the world's leader in O2C business process outsourcing solutions has signed an initial three-year contract... (October 16, 2001)

Embratel Selects AMS for New Collections Solution To Support 30 Million Customers
Empresa Brasileira de Telecomunicacoes (Embratel) has appointed American Management Systems (AMS)... (October 15, 2001)

Graybar Automates Trade Credit Process with eCredit.com
eCredit.com announced Graybar, a $5 billion electrical and communications products distributor, is "live"... (October 15, 2001)

PIC Solutions Partners with the ai Corporation
PIC Solutions has entered into an alliance with the ai Corporation, which has been developing and refining the RiskNet... (October 15, 2001)

Charge-offs Surge 45% In First Half of 2001
The U.S. banking industry's net loan charge-offs grew by an alarming 45% during the first half of 2001... (October 15, 2001)

Aries Data Corp. Wins Preliminary Injunction Against
Ex-Employees in BankFinder® Software Infringement... (October 12, 2001)

Frank Polashock Extends Tenure with CheckFree Investment Services
Seasoned executive returns to post as division's president... (October 12, 2001)

DataQuick(r) and General American Fine-Tune the Loan Application Process for Mortgage Lenders
DataQuick®, a subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler and a premier provider of real property data solutions, has signed a resale agreement... (October 12, 2001)

BrokerLink 2.0 Gives Lender's Wholesale Network Real-Time Access to Rates and Registration
Fiserv UniFi Products, a unit of Fiserv, Inc. (Nasdaq: FISV), announced the first installation of BrokerLink 2.0... (October 11, 2001)

THE COFACE GROUP PLACES GERMANY, HONG KONG, MEXICO, PORTUGAL, AND UNITED KINGDOM ON RATING WATCH WITH NEGATIVE IMPLICATIONS
The Coface Group, the world leader in export credit insurance and commercial risk management, today announced... (October 11, 2001)

MOODY'S UPGRADES XTRA'S RATINGS. RATINGS THEN WITHDRAWN.
Moody's Investors Service upgraded Xtra Inc.'s ratings to A1 for senior debt and Prime-1 for short-term obligations... (October 11, 2001)

TransUnion and Quovadx Offer Integrated, Real-Time Patient Data Verificatio
TransUnion LLC, a leading global information solutions company, and Quovadx, Inc. (NASDAQ: QVDX), a trusted provider of Total Business Integration software and services, today announced... (October 10, 2001)

LandSafe Improves Access to Credit Reports
LandSafe, Inc. today announced the release of new interface upgrades enabling users of Calyx' popular POINT loan origination software (LOS)... (October 09, 2001)

MOODY'S REPORTS: CANADA'S BANKS HAVE FEWER REASONS TO EXPECT UPGRADES
"Recent events have made it harder to envision upgrades for the credit ratings of Canada's banks during the medium term,"... (October 09, 2001)

Accelerated Data Systems, Inc. announces bid award
Accelerated Data Systems, Inc. (ADS) announced that they have been awarded the contract to become the recovery management software vendor... (October 09, 2001)

MOODY'S CHANGES RATINGS OUTLOOK FOR U.S. BANCORP TO STABLE
Moody's Investors Service changed the ratings outlook for U.S. Bancorp (senior at A1) and its rated subsidiaries to stable from positive... (October 05 2001)

Experian Expands Relationship With eFunds to Provide Consumer Debit Data
Convergence of Comprehensive Credit and Debit Information Aids Consumer Acquisition Goals*... (October 05 2001)

E-Debt Announces New Technology For Increased Efficiency at Its Industry Leading Site for Trading Portfolios of Receivables
E-Debt Financial Services, Inc., the premier on-line marketplace for buying and selling debt portfolios, today announced online enhancements... (October 04 2001)

DUN & BRADSTREET RECEIVABLE MANAGEMENT SERVICES TO OPEN MAJOR CALL CENTER IN TUCSON
Proximity to Customers, Top Quality Labor Market and Industry Growth Spur D&B; RMS Decision... (October 04 2001)

MAPS Settles Experian Litigation
Experian eMarketing, Inc. (formerly Exactis.com), the e-mail delivery division of Experian, today announced that... (October 04 2001)

Princeton Reorganizes To Focus on Its Business and Consumer Clients
Princeton eCom, a firm that provides electronic payment and billing services, has adopted a new organizational structure... (October 03, 2001)

CheckFree i-Solutions and epost Sign Agreement
CheckFree i-Solutions, the leading provider of interactive e-billing and e-statement applications and part of CheckFree Corporation (NASDAQ: CKFR), today announced... (October 03, 2001)

Van Ru Lends a Helping Hand
After the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, many Americans rushed to help the families and victims of the tragedy... (October 02, 2001)

Next Generation of Fair, Isaac's FICO Scores Available at Experian; NextGen Scores Available Through All Three Major U.S. Credit Reporting Agencies
Building on its leadership in credit scoring, Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE:FIC) has announced that Experian,... (October 02, 2001)

Payment Processing, Inc. and CheckFree To Offer Web-Based, Electronic Funds Transfer Technology
CheckFree Corporation (NASDAQ: CKFR) and Payment Processing, Inc. (PPI), a leading provider of merchant transaction processing solutions for retail,... (October 01, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Supports Siebel 7 As New Premier Software Partner
Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE:FIC), the market leader in customer analytics and decision technology, today announced... (October 01, 2001)

Emagia Releases Version 2.0 of Collaborative Finance Suite
New Version Completes End-to-End Invoice-to-Cash Cycle, Offers Advanced Cash Forecasting Capabilities... (October 01, 2001)

September 2001

Titan Successfully Stops Server Worms
Network Administrators are facing a new challenge in network security with the growing threat of worms and viruses which alter themselves... (September 28, 2001)

Open Forum; The Failure of Superior Bank Director, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Mr. Reich submitted the following written testimony to the Senate Banking Committee on September 11... (September 28, 2001)

NCO Group, Inc. Discusses Impact of September 11th Attacks and Announces Authorization of Stock Repurchase Plan
NCO Group, Inc. ("NCO")(Nasdaq: NCOG), a leading provider of accounts receivable management and collection services... (September 28, 2001)

Fleet Credit Card Services Moves to Optimize Its Credit Card Portfolio with Fair, Isaac's Credit Line Strategy Optimization Service
Fleet joins ranks of other top issuers in use of CLSO to drive state-of-the-art portfolio management strategies for 50 million customers... (September 28, 2001)

SourceMedia Publishing's Solutions--Stop Terrorist Funding Activities
SourceMedia Publishing (TFP) has announced the release of a file containing the names of the known terrorists as provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation... (September 28, 2001)

MOODY'S COMMENTS ON RATING REVIEW OF MARKEL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
In a press release dated September 24, 2001 Moody's Investors Service announced it had initiated a rating review of the debt and financial strength ratings of Markel Corporation... (September 27, 2001)

Barclaycard Raises the Bar in Personalized Service for 11 Million Card Holders with Fair, Isaac's Strategy Designer
Implementation of Real-Time Strategy Design Brings Fast Returns for Europe's Largest Cardholder... (September 27, 2001)

MOODY'S COMMENTS ON ITS REVIEW OF SWISS REINSURANCE COMPANY AND AFFILIATES
In the wake of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th, Moody's Investors Service recently announced that it had initiated rating reviews... (September 27, 2001)

Davox Recognized for Asia-Pacific Advances
Davox Corp., a proven provider of customer interaction management (CIM) solutions, has been recognized... (September 26, 2001)

DebtX Alliance Creates Commercial Debt Exchange
DebtX, the leading online sale advisor for commercial debt for the secondary market... (September 26, 2001)

WORKSHOP FOR PROVIDING EFFECTIVE FINANCIAL PRIVACY NOTICES
Public Workshop Co-sponsored by Eight Federal Agencies... (September 25, 2001)

Equifax Launches Online Commercial Credit Report Service
Equifax (NYSE: EFX - news) today announced the launch of Global Online, the company's new online commercial credit reporting system... (September 25, 2001)

Moody's Operations Restored
Moody's Investors Service reported today that the company's communications network is now fully functional following last week's terrorist attack... (September 25, 2001)

GeoTrust Acquires Equifax Digital Certificate Business
Leader in Trust Solutions for the Internet Changes the Playing Field... (September 25, 2001)

CLLA Members Serve INSOL International
Commercial Law League of America member Robert S. Hertzberg of the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan law firm of Hertz, Schram & Saretzky has been elected First Vice President of INSOL International... (September 25, 2001)

Fitch: Credit Card ABS Not Isolated From Attack Fallout
While Fitch does not anticipate any credit card ABS Rating Watch or rating actions in the near term, last week's terrorist attacks will... (September 21, 2001)

DataQuick(r) and Ellie Mae(r) Team Up to Provide Mortgage Professionals with Convenient Access to Freddie Mac(r) Automated Valuation Model (AVM)
DataQuick(r), a subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler and a premier provider of real property solutions, has teamed up with Ellie Mae(r), ... (September 21, 2001)

New Service Allows for Automatic, Fast, Secure, and Reliable Data Backup Protection
Quantris, Inc., an IT consulting and software development company, announces the launch of a brand new service to provide businesses with reliable data backup and protection... (September 20, 2001)

Davox Expands Presence in Denmark's Contact Center Market
Davox Corporation (NASDAQ: DAVX), a proven provider of customer interaction management solutions, today announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Telia, Denmark, based in Glostrup, Denmark... (September 19, 2001)

Resource Bancshares Completes EquiCredit Buy
Resource Bancshares Mortgage Group Inc.'s (Nasdaq: RBMG - news) subsidiary, Meritage Mortgage Corporation, announced the completion of its acquisition of 15 full service branches... (September 19, 2001)

CheckFree Launches New Foreign Exchange Confirmation Matching System for its Suite of Reconciliation Solutions
RECON Confirmations Builds on Strengths of RECON-Plus for Windows and RECON Securities to streamline the reconciliation of foreign currency transactions... (September 18, 2001)

FDIC Markets $82 Million Mortgage Sale
The FDIC is offering $82 million in performing and non-performing mortgage loans in a sale of Superior Federal Bank assets... (September 17, 2001)

D&B; Service Alert Regarding Tuesday's Tragedy
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS: We share with you the sorrow and pain we all feel as a result of the tragic events that occurred on Tuesday... (September 17, 2001)

INTELL-A-CHECK DONATES ITS TECHNOLOGY TO HELP THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR VICTIM ASSISTANCE (NOVA) FACILITATE THE ACCEPTANCE AND PROCESSING OF CONTRIBUTIONS FOR ITS TERRORIST ATTACK VICTIM SERVICES
Check-based Contributions Accepted Electronically Through NOVA Call Centers and Web Site... (September 14, 2001)

Experian's Fast Start suite of scoring models now available through MicroBilt's CreditCommander.com Web site
Check-based Contributions Accepted Electronically Through NOVA Call Centers and Web Site... (September 14, 2001)

EMCC, Inc. and Asta Funding, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASFI) Announce $383 Million Receivable Purchase
EMCC, Inc. of Pembroke, Massachusetts and Asta Funding, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASFI) of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey today announced... (September 10, 2001)

Cashflow Plan - Improving business cash flows
PlanWare has released Cashflow Plan, a range of Excel-based cash flow planners... (September 10, 2001)

CollectionsASP™ Goes Live
Sentinel Development Solutions (SDS) announces that eCollectionsASP™ went live with initial customers in August... (September 10, 2001)

MicroBilt Launches PC Lease Program to Credit Industry
MicroBilt to Offer Access to CreditCommander.com through Affordable New Computer Lease Program... (September 10, 2001)

MOODY'S REPORTS: CASTILLA LA MANCHA'S Aa2 RATING AND STABLE OUTLOOK REFLECT REGION'S SOUND FUNDAMENTALS
In an annual report on the Spanish autonomous region, Moody's Investors Service says Castilla-La Mancha's Aa2 rating and stable outlook reflects the community's sound financial fundamentals... (September 10, 2001)

Williams Unit Selects CheckFree i-Solutions for Business-to-Business Online Billing Initiative
i-Series 4.0(tm) Will Allow Nation's Leading Energy Solutions Provider to Deliver Bills to Business Customers Over the Internet... (September 10, 2001)

DataQuick(r) Powers AppraisalTrac with Freddie Mac(r) Home Value ExplorerSM, Providing Lenders and Appraisers with Instant Real Estate Valuations
DataQuick(r), a subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler and a premier provider of real property resources, now makes Freddie Mac Home Value ExplorerSM available through AppraisalTrac... (September 07, 2001)

CreditXpert Inc. To Provide First Ohio Mortgage Company With Credit Score And Personalized Credit Analysis
CreditXpert Inc, a provider of personalized consumer credit management tools and content, today announced that First Ohio Mortgage Company... (September 07, 2001)

APPRO Systems Promotes Philip Elwyn To Chief Sales Officer
APPRO Systems, Inc., the leading provider of automated credit risk management and financial technologies for the lending industry... (September 07, 2001)

DPI Merchant Services teams up with MicroBilt to Speed Application Processing
Web-Based Application Helps Merchant Processor Save Time and Money by Integrating Credit Bureau Reporting into Approval System... (September 07, 2001)

Oliphant Financial Corporation, Inc., Ironwood Capital Ltd. and Worldwide Debt Exchange, LLC announce the successful disposition of $383 Million in Consumer Receivables
Oliphant Financial Corporation (OFC) Inc., WorldWide Debt Exchange (WDX) LLC, both of Sarasota, Fla., and Ironwood Capital Ltd., of Avon, Conn., announced that it advised... (September 07, 2001)

Heller Financial Acquires Golf Course Lending Portfolio
Heller Financial, Inc., a leading provider of commercial finance products and services, today announced that its Real Estate Finance group has acquired... (September 05, 2001)

Lenders Want Nothing to Do with Technology Companies
Survey Points to Dire Holiday Season, But Economy Could Begin to Stabilize in 2002... (September 05, 2001)

ACA International Joins The Fight To Promote Financial Literacy In U.S. Schools
ACA International, The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, has joined 15 other trade, financial and consumer organizations... (September 05, 2001)

Turnkey AltiGen Office Suite Debuts
AltiGen Communications (NASDAQ: ATGN, the market leader in IP-PBX phone systems for small and mid-sized business, today announced a flagship suite... (September 04, 2001)

Third Millennium Healthcare Systems, Inc. Announces Contract with Allina Health System
New Preferred Partner signs up to use i.suite™ solutions for its central business office operations... (September 04, 2001)

August 2001

CitiCapital to Sell Canadian Fleet Management Operation to GE Capital
CitiCapital, the global commercial leasing business of Citigroup (NYSE symbol: C - news) today announced... (August 31, 2001)

D&B; To Sell Australia and N.Z. Businesses
Dun & Bradstreet has signed an agreement to sell the majority of its business information and receivables management services... (August 30, 2001)

Fresh Charge-offs, Other Debt on the NAREX Auction Block; Two Creditors' Accounts Mean More Variety for Buyers
NAREX Inc. has announced that it will simultaneously auction consumer debt from two of the country's largest credit grantors... (August 29, 2001)

Allied Global Holdings Becomes First Canadian-based Firm To Acquire US Collection Agency
Kaulkin Ginsberg Company (Kaulkin) today announced the sale of Recovery Bureau of America (RBA), based in Valencia, California... (August 29, 2001)

Equifax Wins Patent for Proven Online Authentication Technology
Secure, Real-Time Process has Authenticated More than Three Million Individuals, Guarding Against ID Fraud and Unauthorized Access... (August 28, 2001)

CenterForce Optimizer Installations Skyrocket as Economic Climate Toughens
New contracts extend leadership in collections "best time to call" market... (August 28, 2001)

Credit Scores Offered at No Extra Charge to PrivacyGuard Members
More than 5 million PrivacyGuard members now have access to their credit score every time they request a credit report... (August 27, 2001)

NAREX Closes Multi-Million Dollar Financing Deal
NAREX Inc., a leading provider of artificial intelligence-based predictive modeling solutions has announced that it has just completed a multi-million dollar financing arrangement consisting of debt and equity... (August 24, 2001)

IBS introduces CARM-Pro
Intelligent Banking Solutions (IBS) announced today the completion of CARM-Pro, its new 32-bit next-generation Collections and Asset Recovery software... (August 24, 2001)

Intell-A-Check Enters Relationship
Intell-A-Check Corp., which provides electronic payment solutions, and Envision Telephony, creators of Click2Coach, have announced a strategic relationship to offer the payment processing industry a paper-free member/customer debit authorization solution... (August 24, 2001)

Payerpath Joins Forces With First Health To Provide Claims Management Services
Payerpath Inc., a provider of Internet-based healthcare financial transaction solutions and First Health Group Corp., a Downers Grove, Ill. - based national provider of fully integrated health benefits solutions in the group health, workers’ compensation and government markets, announce a strategic partnership to provide claims management services... (August 24, 2001)

NCM AND GERLING CREDIT JOIN FORCES
International Credit Insurers combine in customer-focused alliance... (August 22, 2001)

Avantrust Appoints Rick Leander CEO
E-Commerce and Technology Leader Brings Global Business Expertise to Senior Management Team... (August 22, 2001)

OSI Announces Strong Second Quarter Results
Outsourcing Solutions Inc. (OSI), announced total revenues for the quarter ending June 30, 2001 of $157.4 million... (August 22, 2001)

VeriSign and Dun & Bradstreet Deliver Enhanced Confidence To Internet Customers
Dun & Bradstreet to Use Its Global Database of 64 Million Businesses To Authenticate Companies Applying for VeriSign's New Shared Hosting Security Service... (August 21, 2001)

Experian Launches CreditExpert.com Consumer Site;...
Experian®, a leading information solutions company, today announced the launch of Credit.Expert.com... (August 21, 2001)

Document Search Solutions for Corporate-Commercial Intranet/LAN Networks!...
iSleuthHound Technologies announces new Search Engine for corporate networks... (August 21, 2001)

FOMC Lowers Rate...
The Federal Open Market Committee at its meeting today decided to lower its target for the federal funds rate... (August 21, 2001)

The Credit Network Announces International Credit Reporting Capabilities
Mortgage lenders can now obtain international customer data in five days... (August 20, 2001)

CheckFree i-Solutions Delivers Electronic Billing and Payment Program to 70 Million Federated Department Stores' Credit Card Holders
Consumers across the country can now receive and pay their department store credit card bills at their choice of over 300 financial services sites... (August 20, 2001)

Deutsche Financial Services Develops Transaction Management Product in Support of the Cisco eAgent Program
Cisco Systems, Inc. Chooses Deutsche Financial Services as Finance Intermediary for Company's New eAgent Channel Program... (August 20, 2001)

Experian Names Stephen Burnside Senior Vice President
Burnside Will Lead Scoring, Analytics, Decisioning Software And Fraud Solutions Groups... (August 17, 2001)

Official Payments Implements New Service; Citizens Can Make Child Support Payments Over the Internet & Telephone in Monterey County, CA
Official Payments Corporation (www.officialpayments.com), (Nasdaq: OPAY) announced today that Monterey County, CA has signed a new service agreement... (August 17, 2001)

SSPA Selects CenterForce Technologies To Provide Performance Measurement Tips For SupportWeek Infoletter
The Service & Support Professionals Association (SSPA), the leading industry Association for IT support professionals, and CenterForce Technologies, Inc., today announced the launch of the new section- Metrics & Measures... (August 16, 2001)

Heller Financial/Gallup Survey of Middle-Market Companies Reveals Cautious Optimism
Despite ongoing reports of a softening economy, most middle-market companies maintain a positive outlook... (August 16, 2001)

INTERNET DOORS OPEN TO HISPANIC LAWYERS
A directory of Spanish speaking attorneys has hit the internet... (August 16, 2001)

UANGEL Selects Trillium's SS7 Telephony Software Solutions to Speed Next Generation Wireless Build-out in Korea
Licensing Agreement Helps Provide New Wireless Value-Added Services to Consumers and Strengthens Trillium's Presence as a Provider of Choice in Asia... (August 15, 2001)

CheckFree Closes Fiscal 2001 With Record Performance
Highlights include over 5.2 million subscribers and 231 million transactions processed... (August 15, 2001)

Y-Point Re-Launches the Second Generation of Creditek's DebtWatcher.com Service
Y-Point, Inc., an innovative business solutions and technology services organization, announces the successful completion and re-launch of the second generation DebtWatcher Online web site... (August 15, 2001)

Nationwide Credit, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results
Nationwide Credit, Inc. (NCI) a leading provider of accounts receivable management services today announced its Second Quarter Results... (August 15, 2001)

Heller Financial Launches First International, Web-Based Equipment Lease Transaction Platform
Heller Financial, Inc. (NYSE: HF), a leading provider of commercial finance products and services, today announced the launch of what may be the industry's first international, web-based equipment lease transaction platform... (August 15, 2001)

International Trade Association Announces Errors and Omissions (E&O;) Insurance Program Renewal
ACA International, The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, formerly known as the American Collectors Association (ACA), announced today... (August 14, 2001)

Certegy Check Services Completes Acquisition of Accu Chek - Nation's Leading Check Recovery Service Provider
Certegy Check Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Certegy Inc. (NYSE: CEY), based in St. Petersburg, Florida, has announced the completed acquisition of Accu Chek... (August 14, 2001)

IntelliRisk Management Corporation Announces Management Change
The Board of Directors of IntelliRisk Management Corporation announced that Richard D. Schultz relinquished his role... (August 13, 2001)

Honors, Recognitions Add to Convergys Third Anniversary Celebration
When Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG) celebrates its third anniversary on August 13, it will have much to be thankful for... (August 10, 2001)

Experian Introduces Upgraded Business Data Authentication Tool To Help Identify Potential Commercial Fraud
Experian, a global information solutions company, yesterday announced the launch of the second generation of its business data authentication tool, AuthoriCheck... (August 09, 2001)

Fortis Health Selects CheckFree Software Solutions to Streamline Division-wide Processes
CheckFree Corporation (NASDAQ: CKFR) today announced that Fortis Health... (August 08, 2001)

Trillium Completes License of Communications Software to Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Deployment of Trillium's DFT/HA and Integrated Stack Manager Product Offerings Enables Seamless Mobile Access to Internet and Web-Based Applications... (August 08, 2001)

Princeton eCom Releases 2nd Quarter Results
Princeton eCom said today that it presented more than 600,000 bills and processed about 3.5 million payments per month during a second quarter... (August 07, 2001)

CompuCredit Securitizes $500 Million of Credit Card Receivables
CompuCredit Corporation (NASDAQ:CCRT) announced today that it has issued $500,000,000 of three-year credit card asset-backed securities... (August 07, 2001)

U.S. Banks Report Sharp Increase in Credit Card Losses
Second-quarter 2001 results for credit card banks show charge-offs deteriorating markedly for the third consecutive quarter... (August 06, 2001)

Dun & Bradstreet Names Sara Mathew Chief Financial Officer
Sara Mathew has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation... (August 03, 2001)

Call_Solutions Appoints Dennis G. Punches to Board of Directors
Former Co-Founder, President and Chairman of Payco American Corporation Inc. Brings Global Publicly Traded Collection Teleservices Business Expertise... (August 03, 2001)

eCredible Enables Leading Automotive Parts Reseller to Sell Goods Online Without Credit Risk
Denver, Colorado: eCredible, a provider of integrated credit management services, has helped automotive and truck parts reseller, Number One Parts Inc. (NOPI), offer B2B e-commerce services... (August 02, 2001)

Alliance Formed for Collections Platform
CollectionsX and Columbia Ultimate jointly announced today a strategic alliance to cross-integrate each firm's collection platforms. The partnership allows Columbia Ultimate customers to interface with CollectionsX's recently launched Xsite platform.... (August 02, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Reaches Milestone in Eastern Europe with Agreement to Build First Automated Decisioning Platform for Poland's Kredyt Bank
Today, Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE:FIC) announced that it will implement Eastern Europe's first automated credit decisioning platform.... (August 02, 2001)

The FraudDETECTIVES Consultant Network Joins with ACFE to Support 2001 National Fraud Awareness Week
The FraudDETECTIVES Consultant Network, the premier Web source for locating leading Forensic CPAs, Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Turnaround Professionals, Crisis Managers, Litigation Specialists, and Bankruptcy Professionals, announces its support... (August 02, 2001)

Equifax Declares Quarterly Dividend
The Board of Directors of Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX - news) has declared a regular quarterly dividend of 2 cents per share... (August 02, 2001)

GLOBAL CREDIT SOLUTIONS LIMITED FORMS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH COLLECTION HOUSE LIMITED
Neil Wood, CEO of Global Credit Solutions Limited ( GCS ), has announced the acquisition of a 26% shareholding... (August 1, 2001)

NCO Group, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results
NCO Group, Inc. (``NCO'')(Nasdaq: NCOG - news), a leading provider of accounts receivable management and collection services, announced that during the second quarter it achieved net income of $0.17... (August 1, 2001)

BARCLAYS STOCKBROKERS SELECTS CHECKFREE APL WRAP TO AUTOMATE ITS RECENTLY LAUNCHED MANAGED ACCOUNTS PROGRAM
CheckFree Investment Services, a division of CheckFree Corporation (NASDAQ: CKFR), today announced that Barclays Stockbrokers, the largest UK-based retail brokerage, is preparing to go live on its CheckFree APL WRAP system... (August 1, 2001)

RBMG and MSTD Go Live with Web-based Mortgage Collections and Loss Mitigation
Resource Bancshares Mortgage Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: RBMG - news; RBMG) of Columbia, SC and MSTD Inc. of Baltimore, MD have become the first in the residential mortgage servicing industry to go ``live''... (August 1, 2001)

July 2001

Online Card Consultant Debuts
Card Services For Credit Unions, Inc. (CSCU) has launched the Virtual Card Consultant (VCC), an online portfolio analysis tool... (July 31, 2001)

Consumer Confidence Slips, the Conference Board Reports
The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, which had edged up in June, slipped in July... (July 31, 2001)

Toyota is First to Join Experian's National Fraud Database
Experian®, a global information solutions provider, today announced that Toyota Financial Services has formally joined its National Fraud Database... (July 31, 2001)

PSCU Named CheckFree Premier Certified Partner
CheckFree i-Solutions, the leading provider of interactive e-billing and e-statement applications and part of CheckFree Corporation (NASDAQ: CKFR), today named Payment Systems... (July 30, 2001)

Bank One Completes Purchase of Wachovia's Consumer Credit Card Portfolio
Bank One Corporation (NYSE: ONE - news) today completed its purchase of Wachovia Corporation's (NYSE: WB - news) approximately $7.5 billion portfolio of consumer credit card receivables... (July 30, 2001)

SunTrust Completes Robinson-Humphrey Acquisition
Positions Company as Dominate Middle-Market Corporate And Investment Bank in the Southeast... (July 30, 2001)

People's Bank Steps up Decisioning Capability with Fair, Isaac's Credit Line Strategy Optimization Service
Fair, Isaac's New CLSO Service Delivers Enhanced Ability to Lenders Seeking Smarter, Faster Decisions through Technology... (July 27, 2001)

Columbia Ultimate Announces Successful ManageMed Installations
In the short time since its March launch, ManageMed® has quickly proven to be a simply implemented, highly functional and easily learned receivables management and recovery software solution... (July 27, 2001)

Columbia Ultimate Offers InteliScore™ Intelitech's Scoring Product
Continuing its dedication to provide innovative and flexible products that meet the changing needs of its clients, Columbia Ultimate announced today an agreement with The Intelitech Group... (July 27, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Reports Third Quarter Net Income Rises 60%
Revenues Up 11%, Bookings Up 68%... (July 27, 2001)

Account Placements Boom, CCAA says
The Commercial Collection Agency Association of the Commercial Law League of America (CCAA) reports that its members experienced a significant increase... (July 26, 2001)

Bank One Completes Purchase of Wachovia's Consumer Credit Card Portfolio
Bank One Corporation (NYSE: ONE - news) today completed its purchase of Wachovia Corporation's (NYSE: WB - news) approximately $7.5 billion portfolio of consumer credit card receivables... (July 26, 2001)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Coface Group Places United States and Japan on Rating Watch with Negative Implications
Taiwan and Brazil also placed on rating watch with negative implications. Israel, Argentina and Turkey are downgraded... (July 25, 2001)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MicroBilt Expands CreditCommander.com's Capabilities With First American Credco's Merged Credit Reports
Web-Based Application Helps Businesses Save Time and Money by Consolidating Credit Bureaus' Information... (July 25, 2001)

Omega Performance Retools Loan Product
Omega Performance, the global leader in performance improvement solutions for financial services organizations, announced today... (July 25, 2001)

Colorado Group Creates Alliance
The Colorado Bankers Association has created a strategic alliance through Merchant Services Plus, a marketing division of SurePay eCollect, Inc.... (July 25, 2001)

NCO Group Reveals Preliminary Second Quarter Results
NCO Group, Inc., a leading provider of accounts receivable management and collection services, announced today that, despite strong revenue growth,... (July 23, 2001)

Fannie Mae National Housing Survey a Tale of Two Mortgage Processes
Growth in lending to credit-impaired borrowers has given rise to two mortgage processes in America... (July 23, 2001)

Heller Financial Reports Strong Earnings Growth
Heller Financial, Inc. today reported net income of $79 million for the second quarter of 2001, an increase of 13%... (July 20, 2001)

National City Reports Quarterly Earnings
National City Corporation today reported second quarter 2001 net income of $349.5 million, or $.57 per diluted share... (July 20, 2001)

Allied Interstate, First Contact to create 150 jobs at Westlake Village North Corporate Complex
Allied Interstate, Inc., and First Contact, Inc., two of the nation's leading accounts receivable management and outsourcing companies, are creating 150 new jobs with the opening of their new Westlake Village Commercial Contact Center... (July 20, 2001)

D&B; Reports Second Quarter 2001 EPS of 33 Cents per Diluted Share Before One-Time Items, Up 14 Percent
Identifies Additional $70 Million in Financial Flexibility... (July 19, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Taps Steve Sjoblad to Lead Corporate Development
Fair, Isaac Taps Steve Sjoblad to Lead Corporate Development; Appointment of Top Corporate Strategist Signals New Growth Opportunities for World Leader in Decision Technology... (July 18, 2001)

EQUIFAX REPORTS SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
Equifax Inc. today reported solid second quarter net income of $57.9 million and earnings of $0.42 per share... (July 18, 2001)

CheckFree i-Solutions Broadens Biller Options with New Software and Hosting Offerings
New CheckFree i-Series SelectTM software and hosting packages deliver economy and rapid implementation paths(July 17, 2001)

Third Millennium Healthcare Systems, Inc. announces Mal Underwood as National Accounts Director
(July 17, 2001)

JC Wood Joins Fair, Isaac to Lead Business Development for MarketSmart Decision System
Veteran Technology Executive to Expand Role and Presence of MarketSmart in Financial Services... (July 16, 2001)

SingTel Selects Davox's Product
(July 16, 2001)

AFLAC Streamlines Compliance Reporting with CheckFree's Abandoned Property System
Twelve-year relationship continues, adding CheckFree APECS Multi-Tier software solution to products and services for AFLAC... (July 16, 2001)

IAT Announces CT CeNTERÔ Release
Predictive Dialing, Interactive Communications and Internet on One Platform... (July 12, 2001)

FREE Web Seminar: Increase Customer Satisfaction and Profitability
Optimize Your Workforce for Increased Customer Satisfaction and Profitability... (July 12, 2001)

TRANSUNION LAUNCHES NEW ANALYTIC PRODUCTS
Unique products provide customers the latest in customized online credit decisioning and collections assessment... (July 12, 2001)

The Credit Network Signs Deal with Ellie Mae--Providing Genesis 2000 and Contour Software users one-click access to TCN's products and services via ePASS Business Center
The Credit Network (TCN), a mortgage credit reporting company that provides a national program of service and support, has formed a strategic alliance... (July 11, 2001)

First Data Acquires Internet Payment Company Achex
First Data Corp., a leader in electronic commerce and payment services, today announced... (July 10, 2001)

Circle Trust Company Selects CheckFree RECON Securities for Daily Account Reconciliation
CheckFree Corporation (NASDAQ: CKFR), the leading provider of financial electronic commerce solutions... (July 09, 2001)

Ontario Systems' Representatives to Discuss Web-Based Collections at ACA Convention
Ontario Systems' Steve Gerow and Don Siler will present "Web-Based Collections - An Integrated Application" in July at the American Collectors Association's 62nd Annual International Convention... (July 09, 2001)

Bank of America Names Brinkley to Head Credit Policy; Desoer to Oversee Consumer Products
Bank of America Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth D. Lewis today announced that Amy W. Brinkley has been named chairman... (July 05, 2001)

Colorado Bankers Association Press release
The Colorado Bankers Association has created a strategic alliance through Merchant Services Plus, a marketing division of SurePay eCollect, Inc., a Division of ACH Systems, LLC, to promote an efficient and profitable process of collecting non-sufficient funds checks (NSF) to member banks and their merchant customers... (July 02, 2001)

Fair, Isaac And Equifax To Provide Enhanced CRM Capabilities Through Fair, Isaac's Strategy Network
Partnership ensures smooth integration for the industry's next generation of advanced, comprehensive and deep analytic solutions... (July 02, 2001)

Hawaiian Electric Company Chooses CheckFree i-Solutions Software to Enhance Electronic Billing and Payment Offering to Utility Customers
CheckFree i-Utility (tm) Allows Hawaiian Electric Customers to Monitor Electricity Usage When They Pay Bills Online... (July 02, 2001)

NAREX Inc. Names Chief Operating Officer
NAREX Inc., the leading application service provider (ASP) in the collections and recovery industry... (July 02, 2001)

June 2001

LOUISE EPSTEIN, OWNER OF CHARGE-OFF CLEARINGHOUSE, FEATURED IN INC. MAGAZINE'S JULY ISSUE
Former Austin City Council Member Louise Epstein, who owns Charge-Off Clearinghouse... (June 29, 2001)

Americans Want to Know the Score: Fair, Isaac and Equifax Experience Strong Demand for Consumer Credit Scores
Responding to Consumer Demand, Companies to Offer Credit Score Subscription Service... (June 29, 2001)

NextCard Exceeds One Million Customers
Growth Reaffirms Strength of Online Credit Card Business Model... (June 26, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Signs First USA for Breakthrough Application of Strategy Science; One of Nation's Top Lenders Jumps On-Board; Service Provides Optimization of Credit Lines
In the first step of an aggressive launch of its latest technology innovation, Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE:FIC), today announced... (June 26, 2001)

Washington Mutual to Merge with Dime Bancorp
In a major extension of its national banking franchise, Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE: WM) today announced a definitive agreement... (June 25, 2001)

Certifies First Two Commercial Collection Agencies
Trade association sponsors quality assurance certification program... (June 25, 2001)

FEI ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Financial Executives International (FEI) has elected a new slate of executive officers... (June 25, 2001)

E-Debt Financial Services Expands into Performing Mortgage Sales
E-Debt Financial Services, Inc. announced today immediate availability of performing mobile home loan mortgages... (June 21, 2001)

Global Payments Pioneer Alex W. "Pete" Hart Joins Actrade Board of Directors
CEO Cites Appointment as Significant Endorsement of E-TAD Payment Solution... (June 21, 2001)

Bank of America and Third Millennium Healthcare Systems, Inc., to market image-based accounts receivable solutions to healthcare providers
Combined solution allows health care providers to integrate lockbox images into management systems for paperless processing... (June 20, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Taps Tom McEnery, Fallon
As Brand Steward, McEnery to Expand and Leverage Fair, Isaac Value Proposition to Broad Range of Consumer Industries... (June 19, 2001)

Instant Credit Modifications Based on Market and Risk Fluctuations Made Simple through MicroBilt
Decision Table Eliminates Hours of Development for Credit Managers Who Want to Revolutionize Their Application Process... (June 19, 2001)

Sumitomo Mitsui Implements Fair, Isaac Decision Technology to Capture Share of Japan's Developing Credit Card Market
Japan's leading credit card issuer takes initiative in new cardholder expansion with leading account origination solution... (June 19, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Taps Tom McEnery, Fallon Worldwide Senior Executive, to Lead Global Marketing Efforts
As Brand Steward, McEnery to Expand and Leverage Fair, Isaac Value Proposition to Broad Range of Consumer Industries... (June 18, 2001)

First Data Acquires Majority Interest in NYCE
First Data Corp., a leader in electronic commerce and payment services, and NYCE Corporation, a premier electronic payments organization and the owner of the NYCE electronic funds transfer network, today announced... (June 15, 2001)

Equifax Expects Earnings in Line
Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX), a provider of consumer credit reports and credit-card processing, said it sees higher second-quarter revenues... (June 14, 2001)

MicroBilt to Acquire Financial Data Provider Integra Information, Inc.
Integra Information, Inc. joins forces with MicroBilt to Offer Private Company Financial Performance Data and Online Tools through the Integra InfoBase and Online Platforms... (June 14, 2001)

PBDS Announces Partnership with Credit Bureau Gateway Provider, MicroBilt Corporation
Automated, Predictive Credit Scoring Now Available for Leasing Companies... (June 13, 2001)

Diginexus Builds Billing and Enrollment Infrastructure Supporting the Princeton eCom - Intuit Transaction
Diginexus' open standards-based electronic bill presentment & payment (EBPP) solution supports Princeton eCom's recent acquisition... (June 13, 2001)

HHS Announces Record Child Support Collections
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala announced today that the federal and state child support enforcement program broke new records... (June 12, 2001)

Providian Helps Set Benchmark For Smart Card Industry
Providian Smart Visa® card empowers consumers with comprehensive multi-application 32K chip card... (June 12, 2001)

NAREX to Auction Auto Deficiencies
NAREX Inc., Golden, Colo., is auctioning over $39 million in auto loan debt from a major credit grantor through the NAREX Recovery Optimizer Auction at www.narex.com... (June 6, 2001)

SunTrust Proposes Amendment
SunTrust Banks Inc., Atlanta, announced today that it has proposed an amendment to Wachovia Corp.'s bylaws to be voted on... (June 5, 2001)

CBA Information Services Offers Secured Site for Credit Reports
Responding to increasing Internet security concerns, CBA Information Services has developed a web- enabled private trading network... (June 4, 2001)

May 2001

Infonet's Call Centre Services Leverages the Internet
Infonet Services Corp. (NYSE:IN)(FSE:IN), a leading provider of global communications services for multinationals, today announced... (May 31, 2001)

BlueGate, Inc. Introduces Transformation of First Data Resources Omaha Platform Download Reports to Acquirers
First Data Resources (FDR) Omaha Users are amazed with the BlueGate, Inc. program. FDR users say "BlueGate, Inc. has done it again!"... (May 30, 2001)

Springboard Honors California Federal Bank and Career Partners with Recognition Awards
Springboard, a non-profit consumer credit counseling organization, recently honored California Federal Bank and Career Partners with... (May 30, 2001)

Outsourcing Solutions Inc. Announces First Quarter 2001 Results
Outsourcing Solutions Inc.announced total revenues for the quarter ending March 31, 2001 of $151.6 million... (May 30, 2001)

Experian Presents Fraud Forum 2001
Experian, a global information solutions company, will host its Fraud Forum 2001, June 18-19 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Atlanta... (May 30, 2001)

ONTARIO SYSTEMS NAMES VICE PRESIDENT FOR APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
Ontario Corp., a privately held family of technology companies, announces the election of Steven M. Gerow as vice president... (May 29, 2001)

Anticipating Prolonged Downturn, Lenders Turning Borrowers Away, According To Phoenix Lending Survey
Two-thirds of commercial lenders believe the economic slowdown will drag into 2002... (May 29, 2001)

Consumer Confidence Rebounds, The Conference Board Reports
The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined in April, snapped back in May... (May 29, 2001)

Experian Presents Fraud Forum 2001
Experian, a global information solutions company, will host its Fraud Forum 2001, June 18-19 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia... (May 24, 2001)

NCO Portfolio Management Gets Strong Buy Rating
Emerging Growth Equities, Ltd., initiates coverage of NCO Portfolio Management, Inc. (NASDAQ:NCPM) which purchases and manages defaulted consumer debt... (May 24, 2001)

SunTrust Files Litigation Against Suitors
SunTrust Banks Inc. announced today that it has filed federal and state litigation against Wachovia Corp. ... (May 23, 2001)

MoniTrust.com Launches Online Delivery Product
MoniTrust.com, an online credit report provider, has announced itself as one of the first in this industry to launch a new product to deliver consumers their credit reports from all of the major credit bureaus (Trans Union, Experian, & Equifax) -- instantly and securely online.... (May 22, 2001)

D&B; Debuts Data Integration Tool
Dun & Bradstreet today announced Web-based access to Dun & Bradstreet's world-class global business database via the D&B; Global Access Toolkit... (May 21, 2001)

D&B; Announces Risk Management Software
Dun & Bradstreet, the world's leading provider of business information, today announced D&B; Risk Assessment Manager - Enterprise, a new Intranet-based, enterprise-wide risk management software solution that combines transaction risk management and decision support with robust portfolio analytics... (May 18, 2001)

Bulletproof Your Financial Privacy
Whether you're ultra-rich or among the millions of middle-class homeowners with a family, you don't want your financial privacy violated... (May 18, 2001)

First American CREDCO Launches Consumer Credit Web Site
First American CREDCO, a member of The First American Corporation family of companies, announced today that it has expanded its Web site... (May 18, 2001)

LiveCapital Streamlines Operation
LiveCapital, a San Mateo, Calif.-based leading provider of automated credit and receivables management services for Fortune 2000 companies, today announced the addition of an integrated Receivables Management suite to the LiveCapital Finance Platform(TM) (LCFP). (May 17, 2001)

GETPAID ASP Model Selected for Affordable and Scalable Cash Collection and Dispute Resolution
The GETPAID® Corporation, a leading supplier of cash collections and dispute resolution software and services, announced today the selection of its ASP model products by Abacus, a financial services company... (May 16, 2001)

Leib and Company Renamed Creditek Recovery Solutions
Creditek, LLC announced today that its subsidiary, Leib and Company, has been renamed Creditek Recovery Solutions, Inc., to clearly communicate its association with... (May 16, 2001)

TouchCredit™ and Net Nanny's BioPassword® Division Form Alliance to Provide Fraud-proof, Cardless Credit™ Payment Solutions for E-Commerce
Pioneers a New Era for Cardless Credit Payment Security on the Internet... (May 16, 2001)

Princeton eCom Acquires Intuit's Quicken Bill Manager
Princeton eCom, the first company to present a bill online, announced today that it has acquired Quicken(r) Bill Manager, Intuit's online bill presentment and payment service... (May 16, 2001)

CREDITEK LLC CONCLUDES $30 MILLION INVESTMENT FROM GENERAL ATLANTIC PARTNERS TO FUND GROWTH PLANS
Creditek LLC, the leader in Order-to-Cash Cycle Outsourcing and Enterprise Receivables Management, has completed a $30 million investment... (May 15, 2001)

Credit Card Chargeoffs See Modest Gain
Bank credit card charge-offs increased slightly by 10 basis points (bps) in March 2001, according to Standard & Poor's Credit Card Quality Indexes... (May 15, 2001)

Convergent Resources Announces Investment in Common Stock by BancBoston Capital
Convergent Resources, Inc. (CRI), an Atlanta-based company, today announced that BancBoston Capital has made an equity investment in CRI common stock.... (May 14, 2001)

OSI Acquires Pacific Software
Outsourcing Solutions Inc. (“OSI”) announced that through a newly formed limited liability company, Pacific Software Consulting, LLC, it had acquired certain assets... (May 11, 2001)

E-Debt and OSI Form Partnership
E-Debt Financial Services Inc., the premier on-line marketplace for buying and selling debt portfolios, and Outsourcing Solutions Inc., one of the nation's leading strategic receivables management firm, today announced an alliance... (May 09, 2001)

U.S. Bancorp to Acquire NOVA Corporation
U.S. Bancorp and NOVA Corp. announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for U.S. Bancorp to acquire NOVA... (May 07, 2001)

D&B; Launches Small Business Services
Dun & Bradstreet Launches Small Business Services, Millions of QuickBooks Customers to Have Access to Business Information Tools... (May 04, 2001)

Zoologic Broadens Financial e-Learning Offerings With New Courses, Credit Risk Curriculum
Zoologic, Inc., the leading provider of online learning for financial professionals, today announced the addition of four new courses,... (May 03, 2001)

Austin Logistics Names New Vice President of Sales; Welcomes New Sales Team Members
Austin Logistics Incorporated, providers of well-known call-targeting software such as CallTech™, CallSelect™, and OnQ™, today announced important additions to its sales staff.... (May 03, 2001)

Financial services companies reassess virtues of CRM outsourcing as costs rise and the cost of doing nothing soars
Financial services companies reassess virtues of CRM outsourcing as costs rise - and the cost of doing nothing soars (...what to do when the alternative is losing the customer)... (May 03, 2001)

FEI / NIRI EARNINGS PRESS RELEASE GUIDELINES
Financial Executives International (FEI) and the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) believe that broad guidelines for earnings press releases will improve consistency among companies for the presentation and analysis of results... (May 03, 2001)

Nationwide Credit Inc. Announces First Quarter Results
Nationwide Credit Inc., Atlanta, a leading provider of accounts receivable management services today announced its first quarter results. ... (May 02, 2001)

NCO Group Inc. Announces First Quarter Results
NCO Group Inc., a leading provider of accounts receivable management and collection services, announced today that during the first quarter it achieved net income of $0.47 per share, on a diluted basis... (May 02, 2001)

April 2001

Vital and HNC Software Partner
Vital Processing Services, a world recognized leader in technology-based commerce enabling services, announced it has signed an agreement to purchase HNC Software’s premiere automated credit decision service,... (April 30, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Reports Record Results
Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc., the leader in customer analytics and decision technology, today announced record results for the second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2001.... (April 27, 2001)

ASAP CHECKS Extends Lead over Banks, Intuit and Microsoft
To better protect its customers from check fraud, ASAP Checks has made comprehensive security features standard across its entire line of checks for popular software such as Quicken, QuickBooks and Microsoft Money... (April 26, 2001)

Avantrust Launches Its Passport to Support Online Credit and Identity Decisions; Enables U.S. Customers to Transact in Global Markets
Avantrust, LLC, a joint venture of American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) and the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE:DNB), today announced the launch of the Avantrust Passport... (April 26, 2001)

Trillium Announces Successful SIP Software Interoperability Testing at 7th SIP Bake-Off
Trillium Digital Systems, an Intel company and leading provider of communications software solutions, announced the validation of its carrier-class, feature-rich Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) software stack at the recently concluded 7th SIP Bake-Off... (April 26, 2001)

STREET FALCON FINANCIAL SOFTWARE INCREASES INVESTMENT RETURNS THROUGH RISK ADJUSTMENT AND OPTIMIZATION
Sophisticated analytic tool now available to individual investors... (April 26, 2001)

CHECKFREE INVESTMENT SERVICES LAUNCHES APL PLUS FOR RAPID ACCESS TO TRADE MODELING AND ROUTING TOOLS
CheckFree Investment Services unveiled today, CheckFree APL Plus, a new graphical user interface (GUI) and client/server extension of the UNIX-based CheckFree APL platform... (April 26, 2001)

ACL RELEASES VERSION 7 - ACL FOR WINDOWS AND ACL FOR OS/390
Much anticipated release of leading technology in data analysis provides intelligent data access, powerful new analytics, and data visualization... (April 26, 2001)

Southwest Bank of Texas Selects CheckFree's Automated Account Reconciliation Software
Southwest Bank of Texas Selects CheckFree's Automated Account Reconciliation Software... (April 26, 2001)

Convergys Corporation and Geneva Technology Announce Agreement to Merge
Transaction Unites World's Largest Billing Services Company with the Leading International Provider of Convergent Billing Software... (April 26, 2001)

iSHOPSECURE LAUNCHES FIRST PRODUCT TRANSACT- SECUREOE TO ELIMINATE ONLINE IDENTIFICATION FRAUD AND UNWARRANTED CHARGEBACKS
Real-time Payer Authentication Solution Available to e-Merchants March 1, 2001... (April 26, 2001)



Bank of America, EULER ACI, Amroc and eVolution Global Partners Join Forces to Create a New Platform for Trade Credit Financing, Risk Mitigation, and Trading
Leading financial service providers plan to offer an open, multi-vendor platform with backing from eVolution Global Partners... (April 25, 2001)

TouchCredit Technology Aimed at Credit Market
TouchCredit Financial Services Inc., provider of next generation cardless credit services, is making purchasing and obtaining credit possible on the Internet or by wireless devices with a simple touch of a finger or sound of your voice... (April 24, 2001)

CreditXpert Inc. Partners with E-LOAN
CreditXpert Inc., the leading provider of personalized consumer credit management tools and content, announced a strategic partnership with E-LOAN... (April 24, 2001)

Bid4Assets Lands Former President and CEO of Crown North Corp. As President
Jim Russell to bring over 25 years of experience to asset disposition company... (April 23, 2001)

CONVERGYS CORPORATION REPORTS RECORD FIRST QUARTER 2001 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG), the global leader in integrated billing and customer care, announced today its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2001.... (April 23, 2001)

Heller Financial Reports Earnings
Heller Financial Inc. is reporting operating net income of $76 million and diluted operating earnings per share of $0.70, up from $0.66 per share... (April 20, 2001)

EZ SOFT ROLLS OUT WEB ENABLED SOFTWARE
EZ Soft Business Software Inc. releases its Internet-enabled collections agency software system, which allows agencies to operate the system and all of its features remotely from any Internet access computer... (April 18, 2001)

NAREX Announces New Monthly Auctions of Fresh Charge-offs
NAREX Inc. is opening its private auctions of receivables for sale to include a wider pool of qualified debt buyers.... (April 18, 2001)

Chicago Chooses Bottomline's Software
Bottomline Technologies, a premier provider of Web-enabled billing, payment and electronic banking solutions, announced that... (April 17, 2001)

eDebtNetwork and BizActions Announce Partnership
eDebtNetwork.com Inc., the only web-based debt referral service for the debt industry, announced a partnership agreement with BizActions... (April 13, 2001)

HNC Offers Service for International Card Issuers
HNC Financial Solutions, a division of HNC Software Inc. (Nasdaq: HNCS), announced today... (April 12, 2001)

Davox Names VP for European Operations
Davox Corporation (NASDAQ: DAVX - news), a proven provider of customer interaction management (CIM) solutions, today announced... (April 12, 2001)

COMMUNITY LENDER SELF-HELP OFFERS ONLINE LOAN APPLICATIONS ON NEW WEB SITE
Non-profit lender Self-Help, a leading U.S. community development financial institution with more than $1 billion... (April 10, 2001)

30-Minute Loan Approval Helps Broker Increase Market Share and Retain Staff
Use of a unique in-house wholesale lender concept to provide 30-minute loan approvals has helped a Northern California broker... (April 10, 2001)

NCO GROUP SELECTS PRINCETON eCOM FOR ELECTRONIC COLLECTION SERVICES
NCO Group Inc., (NCO) the world's largest provider of accounts receivable management services, announced today that it selected Princeton eCom, ... (April 09, 2001)

Online Agency Directory Bows
Internet viewers can now find Collection Agencies with ease in an new "user-friendly" site known as eCollectionAgencies.com ... (April 04, 2001)

Imperial Reports Results
Imperial Credit Industries Inc., based in Torrance, Calif., reported a net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2000 of $104.6 million or $3.26 diluted net loss... (April 02, 2001)

March 2001

SourceMedia Publishing Launches Network to Automate Data Exchange
SourceMedia Publishing (TFP) launched the Financial Global Operations Network (www.FinancialGO.net), a secure and private... (March 29, 2001)

First Republic Names SVP
First Republic Bank, San Francisco, announces the appointment of Dan Lee to the position of... (March 29, 2001)

S&P; Releases New Modeling Software
Standard & Poor's today announced the latest release of Standard & Poor's LEVELS®, an innovative and unique rating... (March 28, 2001)

SunTrust Credit Automates Lending Decisions
SunTrust Credit Corp. and eCredit.com today announced that SunTrust Credit is `live' with eCredit.com credit decision software for automated approval... (March 27, 2001)

NCO GROUP CHAIRMAN AND CEO MICHAEL J. BARRIST JOINS COLLECTIONSX BOARD
CollectionsX, the leading online exchange for the debt collections industry, announced today that... (March 23, 2001)

Law Firm Adds Two Attorneys
The law firm of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., the nation's largest creditors' rights law firm, added Kimberly J. Hong and... (March 23, 2001)

NEW CREDIT SCORE SERVICE LAUNCHED
Fair, Isaac and Co. Inc. and Equifax launched Score Power this week, the only online credit score delivery service... (March 21, 2001)

NAREX UNVEILS NEW SERVICE
NAREX Inc. announced a new non-auction service to optimize the placement of accounts... (March 19, 2001)

Samsung Card Selects Fair, Isaac Decision Technology; Ability to Build Consumer Value in Emerging Markets Fuels Fair, Isaac's Global Expansion
Poised to tap Korea's burgeoning consumer credit market as part of its global expansion, Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc.... (March 19, 2001)

Fannie Mae Foundation Gives $50,000 Grant to Seattle Homeless Shelter for Earthquake Relief
Grant Will Help Offset $2 Million Damage to Compass Center, a Homeless Shelter in Pioneer Square... (March 16, 2001)

Dun & Bradstreet Announces Plans To Sell Receivable Management Businesses In U.S., Canada, Hong Kong And Europe
Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) today announced plans for its Receivable Management Services (RMS) businesses... (March 16, 2001)

CFI Mortgage, Inc. Hires a New President for First United Mortgage Banc, Inc.
CFI Mortgage,Inc. (OTCBB:CFIM) announced today that it's subsidiary First United Mortgage Banc, Inc. (FUMB) has hired Mr. Robert Scarpetta... (March 15, 2001)

United Financial Mortgage Corp. Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire First Guaranty Financial Corp.; Company Set to Acquire Santa Ana-based Mortgage Lender
United Financial Mortgage Corp. (CHX:UFM) ("UFM" or "The Company") today announced it has signed a letter of intent... (March 15, 2001)

American Business Financial Services, Inc.'s Business Lending Subsidiary Expands To Michigan and Tennessee Marketplaces
American Business Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:ABFI) today announced that its commercial lending subsidiary... (March 15, 2001)

INTERNET FRAUD PERSISTS AS MAJOR CONCERN FOR CONSUMERS, NEW US SEARCH SURVEY REVEALS
The Internet often described as a faceless, impersonal medium where users are wise to proceed at their own risk... (March 15, 2001)

Fannie Mae's $2 Trillion 'American Dream Commitment' On Course with Over $190 Billion in 2000 Targeted Lending
Fannie Mae Chairman and CEO, Franklin D. Raines said today that the company financed over $190 billion of home mortgages... (March 14, 2001)

Trillium Enhances Media Gateway Control Protocol Software Solution
Trillium Digital Systems, Inc., an Intel company and leading provider of communications software solutions, extends... (March 13, 2001)

Magna Cash and CyberSource Partner to Expand Online Payment Options
Magna Cash, a leading provider of money moving technology systems, and CyberSource Corporation (Nasdaq: CYBS), a leading provider... (March 13, 2001)

Fair, Isaac Forms e-Business Analytics Unit
In a decisive move to create a new e-marketing model, Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE:FIC) today announced... (March 13, 2001)

Sonoma Financial Receives Approval On Their Franchise Program in the Following States: Wisconsin, New Jersey, Arkansas and New Mexico
Sonoma Financial Corporation/SHC Corp. (OTCBB: SONM- news), one of the largest payday advance operations in the greater Chicago area,... (March 9, 2001)

New Online Assessment Tool Helps Finance Companies Reduce Turnover and Find the Right Employees
With tougher economic times raising the stake for keeping Finance employees, turnover is especially painful... (March 8, 2001)

Texar Corporation Announces Secure Peer-to-Peer Solution
Texar Corporation launched s-Peer(tm), a pure peer-to-peer solution, at the Peer-to-Peer Working Group (PtPWG)... (March 8, 2001)

Private Healthcare Systems Selects Bottomline Technologies to Deliver Electronic Payments Solution
Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), the nation's leading health care cost management company, announced that is has licensed... (March 2, 2001)

EQUIFAX SECURE AND iSHOPSECURE ENTER LICENSING AGREEMENT FOR ONLINE CONSUMER AUTHENTICATION TECHNOLOGY
iShopSecure Inc., a leader in e-commerce transaction security products, and Equifax Secure, the e-commerce solutions division of Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX), today announced... (March 1, 2001)