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The Deceptive State of Americans’ Finances

Posted by Deborah Matthews Phillips

Dec 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

It’s a family tradition during the holidays to acknowledge our blessings and express thanks for the many opportunities and privileges we have. Despite recent stock market volatility, there’s still so much to be grateful for, and there are some indicators to support an optimistic future:

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Topics: Holidays, finances, unemployment, financial services, stocks, banking

Monday Night Football: It’s half-time for CECL

Posted by Brad Dahlman

Nov 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

Fall is my favorite time of year, as the weather cools, the leaves change, and the football season heats up! I enjoy watching NFL football, and am often struck by how the momentum of the game can dramatically change at half-time. To the fans, half-time is generally focused on grabbing a snack or watching highlights. To the players and coaches, this 12-minute half-time break is all about assessing the first half and adjusting the game plan to have a successful second half. Great coaches and leaders find a way to refocus the team, adjust the game plan, and emerge with a team ready to win the second half.

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Topics: CECL, banking, Credit Unions, banks, Risk Management, Financial performance, Football

Take the 2018 "Retention Visit Challenge" to Boost Your 2019 Results

Posted by Patrick True

Oct 19, 2018 7:05:00 AM

 

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.– Roger Staubach 

Those of us who have spent most of our careers in commercial lending realize that there are typically two peak seasons during the typical calendar year. These are April – June and September to mid-November. By mid-November, many lenders are following the lead of their business clients and starting the holiday slide into to year end.

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Topics: Customer Experience, banking, fintech, Commercial Lending, Relationship Management, customer satisfaction

The Real AI

Posted by Ron Mazursky

Oct 17, 2018 11:00:00 AM

How often have you called a customer service number and gone through this exchange: “Hello, this is [fill-in-the-blank]. Please say your name. Now say your account number. Now say your PIN or password.” If you get this far, how often did the IVR get it wrong? Finally, in tears, you beg for a real person to help you. Screaming, you demand, “Give me a real person! Give me a customer service agent!” Then either someone picks up the line or you hang up in frustration. This is not AI at work. Not even close to real AI. So, what can AI do for us today?

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Topics: chatbot, AI, artificial intelligence, banks, Credit Unions, voice banking, banking

4 Reasons Your Commercial Loan Process Is Costing You Valuable Business

Posted by Gary Lewis

Oct 5, 2018 10:30:00 AM

The competitive landscape associated with commercial lending has changed significantly over the last 10 years. It’s a safe bet that if your process of marketing, originating, and managing these obligations hasn’t changed significantly during that time, you could be losing market share. Here are four reasons why community-based institutions may be losing ground in the market today.

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Topics: Customer Experience, technology, banking, fintech, Commercial Lending

Seven Basic Truths in Commercial Lending, Part Two

Posted by Patrick True

Sep 21, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Part 2: Communication, Intuition, and Passion

Truth#4. There’s No Such Thing as a “Book and Don’t Look” Credit Facility 

Most experienced lenders would say that they never made a bad loan. While we can debate the accuracy of that statement, it is true that loans fail over time due to changing business or economic circumstances. Once a loan is on your books, it is your responsibility to make sure it is paid in full. 

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Topics: Customer Experience, technology, banking, Relationship Management, fintech, Commercial Lending

Data Encryption Overview - Is It Secret, Is It Safe?

Posted by Robert Hudecek

Sep 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) cybersecurity requirements for financial services companies went into effect on Septembers 4 of this year. On the surface, it may look like these regulations only pertain to the state of New York – but in reality, they include any party who processes or is otherwise permitted access to Nonpublic Information of New York State origin. Simply put, if your financial institution does work for any New York resident, you may now be subject to this regulation.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Regulatory Compliance, banking, Credit Unions, banks, data encryption, Data

A Fresh Take on Preparedness for the C-Suite and IT Managers

Posted by Eric Flick

Sep 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

September is National Preparedness Month. Historically, this month has been promoted to bring focus to readiness for natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding. As we head into the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, wildfires and flash flooding have captured the headlines.

In today’s threat landscape, any financial institution (FI) likely has a higher probability of a cyber event than a naturally occurring disaster – so it’s no coincidence that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. As responsible C-Suite and IT representatives, we recognize our responsibility to our FI and our customers to be prepared for both!

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Topics: disaster recovery, Cybersecurity, FI, financial institution, banking, Credit Unions, banks, Regulatory Compliance, IT

Seven Basic Truths in Commercial Lending, Part One

Posted by Patrick True

Sep 7, 2018 10:33:00 AM

Part 1: Know Your Customer, Know Your Culture

The practice of commercial credit risk management is both an art and a science. Recent technological developments have dramatically enhanced the daily processes associated with this field, but significant room still exists for experiential nuance when evaluating business relationships and managing outstanding facilities.

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Topics: Customer Experience, technology, banking, Relationship Management, fintech, Commercial Lending

Onboarding for Mobile Banking Apps: 3 Tips for a Standout User Experience

Posted by Katie Bennett

Sep 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

User onboarding is a critical juncture. It’s the series of actions that occur and screens that appear after users download your mobile banking app for the first time, and before they can actually start using the app as intended.

First impressions are important, and you want your app users to stick around, but do you know what to look for in a good onboarding experience? The following information, based in part on my own opinions and in part on experiences writing documentation for a mobile banking app, present some ideas for improving the user’s journey from initial download to first mobile banking session.

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Topics: onboarding, Mobile Banking, Credit Unions, banking, app, user experience

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