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Demystifying Vendor Management

  • by Steve Sanders
  • Mar 09, 2016

No one likes being told what to do; that’s just human nature. It’s no wonder banks are still bristling at recently beefed up vendor management regulatory guidance. But don’t forget: knowing your vendors and understanding the risks they pose to your institution is far more than just a compliance requirement; it is necessary for running a successful operation.


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How One Bank’s Virtual Branch Helps It Reach New Customers and Growth Goals

  • by Computer Services, Inc.
  • Mar 03, 2016

Many community-based financial institutions struggle with the perception of not being as tech-savvy as larger competitors. But some are finding creative ways to overturn that perception and sail past the competition. Case and point: Citizens National Bank of Cheboygan (Michigan).


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3 Cybersecurity Threats and 4 Strategies to Protect Your Financial Institution

  • by Steve Sanders
  • Feb 25, 2016

What’s the scariest thing going on right now in the financial industry? Given ever-persistent technology advances, for many bankers, cybersecurity is their biggest and most unpredictable threat.


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The Facts on How Mobile Banking is Changing the Way Your Customers Do Business

  • by Ashley Miller
  • Feb 18, 2016

If you’re reading this blog right now, it’s probably not the first time you’ve heard about “digital” banking and creating mobile banking apps for your customers. But, all the buzz isn’t for nothing—the shift toward mobile and Internet banking is here to stay. And it’s not just the millennials who are to blame.


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No Bank Will Be Exempt from CECL

  • by Keith E. Monson
  • Feb 10, 2016

Let’s own it, as bankers we like to be in control, so uncertainty stresses us out. And when that uncertainty threatens our capital position and spans multiple years, our anxiety reaches a fever pitch.


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What Does a High Performing Bank Look Like?

  • by Andy Elliott
  • Feb 03, 2016

In the highly competitive banking industry, differentiating your bank from the “big dogs” (large-size banks) and other players in the field takes more than just good luck and a flashy logo. The industry’s highest performing banks are those focused on profitable growth, are highly efficient and have diversified revenue streams.


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Compliance Update: How Recent Changes to Sanctions on Iran Affect Regulatory Compliance

  • by Douglas N. Jacobson
  • Jan 27, 2016

Recently, historic actions were taken by the U.S. to lift nuclear-related sanctions on Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The agreement provides for the lifting of certain nuclear-related sanctions that were imposed on Iran in exchange for Iran's agreement to limit the development of its nuclear program.


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Institutions Most Fear Mortgage Compliance—and These 4 Regulatory Areas

  • by Keith E. Monson
  • Jan 19, 2016

In November, we conducted our annual Banking Priorities Survey to help uncover what banking executives across the country foresee as defining factors for the financial industry in 2016. Of the 11 questions answered by respondents, the one regarding top compliance concerns garnered some of the most compelling results.


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Survey Says? Mortgage Compliance Tops Executives' 2016 Worries

  • by Keith Monson
  • Jan 12, 2016

Last year placed significant compliance demands on financial institutions, and the bank C-suite appears to be poised for a 2016 that’s no less challenging.


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Compete with the Big Dogs Using Customer Experience

  • by Jason Young
  • Jan 06, 2016

In today’s banking landscape, consumers have more power than ever. Your customers and prospects have several choices about how they want to bank—online, in the branch, on their mobile devices—and traditional industry boundaries are fading.