Debt Collection: A Tricky Business

  • 30 July 2021
  • By MNS

With trends and technology changing rapidly, the collections industry is facing a wide range of challenges. In current scenario of highly-spry society, it is difficult to locate debtors than ever before.

Many creditors work hard to amplify debt collection practice by carefully managing their collection teams and Debt Collection Agencies.

There are usually changes required to internal information and approach to resource of IT development. This is actually easier said than done – precisely when development resources are shared and the recoveries system is not considered an internal development priority.

Our research spotted this is the top reason why creditors avoided engaging new agencies. Some creditors even accept to having no choice but to tolerate low success graph, rather than go through the tedious task of switching.

Even if a collection agency is already on the creditor’s system, it can be a challenge to change the rules which define the amount or type of debt the DCA receives. This removes an important performance management tool for creditors.

Spread of Buyers

The term explains on increasing  “debt spreads widen” which connects to a credit spread that is increasing across continents, within the country, among different commerce and banking practices.The lack of real time alliance between borrower and collector is an industry-wide pain point and challenge. Indeed, frequent communication breakdowns are making it difficult for collectors to create customized payment plans based on each buyer’s abilities.

Many countries have been pushing liquidity to energize the economy and mitigate the devastating economic effect of the COVID-19. This comes out as the amount of debt has risen tremendously throughout the world. High and rising debt affect most asset classes like public and private sectors, emerging and developed economies.

Divergent Business Practices

It has been noticed  that every organization maintain a stability of costs with their profits. Whereas, when the same goes through the statement of P & L, you may understand  that some losses are not matured to regular operational price, but instead to money owed owed to you other firms. These high counter losses can remain for an irrelevant long time.

While an organization is focused on managing employees, overseeing operations, and reconciling the books, the last thing of unease is pursuing collections from stubborn companies that you know are reluctant to pay.

Balancing Act of Collection as well as Allowing Debtor to Survive

The need of Debt collection occurs when creditors and collectors for-see to secure payment from consumers or businesses who are legally bound to pay or to repay money they owe. It is important that any organization involved in recovering debt is aware of its legal obligations. Between forcing the debt collection & keeping the Debtor afloat to keep the future collection alive by a prudent negotiation for a flexible payment arrangements with a hand-holding approach is the trickiest of all challenges. If the stated objectives works out, you may want to continue business with these clients. Treat debtors and third parties with a balance, respect and courtesy. Never coerce them, treat them unconscionably or mislead them about the nature of their debt, their legal obligations or any possible outcomes if the debt is not paid.

Court Battles As a Last Resort

A final warning letter before initiating and legal step is the request for payment before an overdue debt is turned over to an attorney to begin legal proceedings. A sort of warning letter is also called a final demand for payment. The legal way or step of this letter is actually the last resort, to inform the debtor you are prepared to take legal action if the debt is not resolved within the given deadline. This battle will explain why the collector is suing you and what it wants—usually, repayment of money you owe, plus interest, fees, and costs. The repercussion of a high number of international transactions is that serious problems can be encountered during the process of recovering money that is owed to you, above all the challenge of finding information regarding the credit worthiness of the debtor who lives abroad.

Lack of insight into the specific local laws like Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in USA and such other laws in other countries is a major handicap in debt-collection process. So, there is a need for Debt Collection Agency (DCA) to be embedded to every Creditor / Seller for protecting it’s debt efficiently, effectively & ethically from any delinquent Debtor / Buyer in both international & domestic markets.

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Words like delicate, sensitive, touch-and-go, knotty….so far and so on relates to Debt Collection which actually steals away the peace of mind for the one who is affected!!

With trends and technology changing rapidly, the collections industry is facing a wide range of challenges. In current scenario of highly-spry society, it is difficult to locate debtors than ever before. During the debt collection process, both debtor and creditor have some expressly defined rights. Now the question arises, do they really know how and where to use them aptly.

Many creditors work hard to amplify debt collection practice by carefully managing their collection teams and Debt Collection Agencies. A common complaint of many recovery bodies is just how difficult it is to take-on and combine with a new DCA.

The addition of a new DCA usually requires changes to internal information and approach to resource of IT development. This is actually easier said than done – precisely when development resources are shared and the recoveries system is not considered an internal development priority.

Our research spotted this is the top reason why creditors avoided engaging new agencies. Some creditors even accept to having no choice but to tolerate low success graph, rather than go through the tedious task of switching.

Even if a collection agency is already on the creditor’s system, it can be a challenge to change the rules which define the amount or type of debt the DCA receives. This removes an important performance management tool for creditors.

Motive For The Challenge?

In the information age, there is hardly any shortage of any update available about an individual, but finding the most up-to-date, accurate contact information of a debtor can often be a primary issue. Because the success of any recovery is achieved only on the availability to contact the debtor. Lacking in the accuracy of current information for the debtor, it is next to impossible to contact him or her – and thus a challenge to recover the debt whether it is International or Domestic recovery.

What Creates It?

There could be various reason for the lack of current information on a debtor: relocation of debtor frequently; perhaps the contact details used for the original credit is out of date; or maybe an incorrect entry of the debtor in one or more of the available databases.

The list can go on, and gets even longer when taking into account the newest generation of debtors. However, technology will only be making more individual information available in the future, rather than restricting it. So, even if excess information is a problem, it’s not one that is going to be solved by reducing the amount of available record of a debtor.

Instead, a lack of authentication and verification is truly at the root of this problem – and therefore, the solution lies in establishing one or more methods of such authentication, such as ensuring data is updated in real time and have crystal clear information sources.

Payment Recovery Consequences

The challenges in debt recovery further becomes difficult when a massive uncertainty is lead by contract enforcement which is actually a big price for business in India. Tougher,when same is an overseas / international default and the client is using distance to completely avoid his dues. Unpredictable cash flow is one of the factor for shutting down of businesses in India. This leads to complete business circumstances incompetent and drags down a particular country’s score. How do we get assured that the receivable will not turn up into bad debt?

Verbal Agreement And Delusively Written Agreement

Many times a traditional methodology is still followed when we talk about different sectors or trade. The terms are defined and agreed upon certain fake woes and problems that leads to the very beginning of the entire process.

Then we move ahead and trust on the written agreements more, which are even more risky. As many parties do not bat an eyelid on on “T & C’s applied” neither counter question on them which actually invites the dig for most of the challenges. Or it is at times wrongly drafted. Sometimes, parties enter into agreements which turn out to be null and void at the initial stage and leads to cancellation of the whole thing and the person who lent the money is left with no recourse.

Jurisdiction Challenges

This terminology is critical as it tells where we can or have to enforce a certain contract. If an agreement is executed in Mumbai and that mention the governing jurisdiction as the state of any overseas country. In the occurrence of any violation, never would be any affronted be willing to go abroad to enforce it.

Customer Bankruptcy Is The In-Challenge In The Present Economics At The Macro Level.

This is a lose-lose scenario for the Creditor / Seller and the most dreaded moment where in every debt collection practice is put to test.When your client owes you money, there may arise new situation. Perhaps you have a number of clients who are delinquent in payment or maybe some of them have gone out of business. How do you collect? Will you be interested to continue working with them if they do pay? If so, it’s important to maintain healthy customer relations with them, what will be the best way out to make this part of running a business easier?

Ignorance Of International Trade Laws, Regulations And Practices, Stunts Any Debt Collection Process In International Market

International laws or broadly saying rules followed globally with regulations regarding the recovering credit prevail,  but the creditors might experience badly the failure to implement stated laws. Again same is certain to recover credit without taking legal action.

The repercussion of a high number of international transactions is that serious problems can be encountered during the process of recovering money that is owed to you, above all the challenge of finding information regarding the credit worthiness of the debtor who lives abroad.

These challenges can come to your encouragement at every stage of your debt collection process while ensuring financial stability for your organization for the longest time feasible.

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