Case Study: Underwriting
- Karat Financial is a bank for creators. Karat provides financial services, one of which is a credit card.
- Underwriting is the process of determining a person’s credit limit. Usually banks look at financials, employment, and credit history to determine that limit. At Karat, we also take into account the applicant’s social media presence.
We have an internal tool, where our risks analysts can view and record applicants’ underwriting information. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very user friendly, so we decided to redesign it.
After talking with our analysts, Rithika and Cynthia, we identified 3 main problems:
- 1. If the applicant linked multiple banks, it was impossible to see the overall financial picture (you had to toggle between the banks).
- 2. It was difficult to understand the reasons behind drastic changes (which are common for creators) in their financial history.
- 3. All work for examining socials had to be done manually.
- We added a way to display information from multiple banks at the same time. Also, an option to filter different accounts and transaction types.
- We added a way to filter history by the past 3, 6, and 12 months. This was the most feasible solution technically and gave clarity into any spikes or dips.
- We surfaced more social data on the underwriting tab and a faster way to get to each account. We also started exploring automated ways to calculate engagement. While it wouldn’t be replacing human evaluation, it would be a better starting point for the analysts.
This Figma file includes full flow, components, and explorations we did for this project:
- Together with other process improvements, we decreased the time it takes to underwrite each applicant.
- More clear insights led us to lower delinquency rates.
- And of course, it became much more pleasant to use the internal tool.