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Why Openness Is Critical to the Future of Banking

Posted by Stacey Zengel

Wed, Aug 21, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As someone who reads this blog and follows the industry, you’ve likely heard a lot of talk about open banking recently. Headlines with references to “Open APIs” and “Shared Data” continue to appear in inboxes and popular topics with industry reports.

We know that in today’s market, consumers don’t compare financial institutions (FIs) so much as they compare experiences. As we speak, tech behemoths like Google and Amazon continue to take an innovative approach to customer engagement and expansion. A Celent report even notes that Amazon has been recently negotiating with big banks to launch a checking account, and the company has also formed a mortgage lending unit.*

Consumers clearly want freedom, flexibility, and choice. And it naturally follows that the FIs that will thrive in the future will be those that demand an open platform that is focused on optimizing the end-user experience for today’s consumers.

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Topics: Information Security, Community Banks, FI Operations, Future Ready

Innovation on Tap at FinovateSpring 2019

Posted by Nicole Harper

Wed, Jun 19, 2019 @ 11:01 AM

Innovation on Tap

Tapping the Fintech Community at FinovateSpring 2019

The city by the bay welcomed FinovateSpring in May at San Francisco’s Hilton Union Square. Innovation was on tap with 60 fintech demos, presentations from industry thought-leaders, strategy roundtables, and more. The Finovate conference series continues to be where you can see the future of fintech first.

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Topics: Fintech, Future Ready, Data and Analytics

No Shirt. No Shoes. No Card. No Service.

Posted by Nicole Harper

Wed, Apr 24, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

In a digital world, how long will cash remain king?

Two recent headlines got me thinking about cash. While I can appreciate the feel of a crisp new Benjamin, I don’t carry a lot of cash or use it often. Most of my cash is used for tipping or paying for the occasional home repair. I have no shame using plastic for small purchases which really annoys my husband (he’s a Brit).

Views about cash are personal and cultural. My husband, who grew up in the U.K., prefers cash over plastic for most everyday purchases. What we do agree on is the annoyance of coin. When we get it, we drop it into a giant Erdinger glass and feed our local Coinstar machine once a year.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Digital, Community Banks, Future Ready

Marketing Your Institution: Understanding Generations - Part II: How Your Institution Can Market to Gen Z

Posted by Strategically Speaking

Mon, Apr 01, 2019 @ 07:36 AM

The oldest among the rising generation known as Gen Z is turning 22 this year, which means this demographic has never known a world without cell phones and the Internet. Pew Research Center defines Gen Zers as anyone born after 1997, and Millennials as persons born between 1981 and 1996.[1] While Millennials grew up with landlines and dial-up Internet, Gen Zers are true digital natives whose instinctual relationship to technology leads them to expect instant and convenient everything.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Community Banks, FI Operations, Future Ready

Marketing Your Institution: Understanding Generations - Part I: How Your Institution Can Attract Millennials

Posted by Strategically Speaking

Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 01:00 PM

Part I: How Your Institution Can Attract Millennials

Fact #1: Millennials (persons born between 1981 and 1996)[1] make up the fastest-growing segment of today’s population and are on the cusp of surpassing Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living adult generation.[2] Fact #2: In 2016, Millennials officially became the largest generation in the American workforce.[3] Fact #3: Millennials currently have more spending power in the United States than any other generation.[4]

The bottom line? Millennials may very well represent the single greatest opportunity for growth for your financial institution.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Community Banks, FI Operations, Future Ready

Tap and Go: How Contactless Cards Could be Shaping the Future

Posted by Keri Crane

Wed, Jan 30, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Next-generation contactless cards are getting a lot of press these days. Contactless cards were unsuccessfully attempted years ago, but there are several reasons to believe that they will be a success over the coming years – from merchant and issuer adoption to increased security and quicker transaction times.

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Topics: Payments, Community Banks, Future Ready

Trends Driving the Financial Services Industry in 2019

Posted by Shannon Sickmon

Fri, Dec 28, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

 

With rapid-fire changes in how we invest, borrow and save; how financial institutions control risk; and how financial institutions (FIs) analyze data and control lending, the financial technology, or fintech, market is bringing significant disruption to the $8.5 trillion U.S. financial services industry.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, Fintech, Community Banks, Future Ready

Crushing the Compliance Burden with Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Hannah Day

Wed, Nov 28, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

 

Fraudster tactics that target financial institutions (FIs) continue to evolve at a dizzying pace. Compliance departments are being brought to a breaking point as they work to sort through the mountain of transactions, data, and false positives each day. Compliance staff employees at FIs large and small are looking for a solution to bring efficiencies to the FI in an effort to save time, money, and ensure they protect their end users against fraud. Artificial intelligence (AI) may just be the solution they are searching for.

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Topics: Compliance, Information Security, Future Ready, Risk/Fraud

The Real AI

Posted by Ron Mazursky

Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 11:00 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: Credit Unions, Community Banks, Future Ready

Financial Fitness: Helping Consumers Achieve Their Goals

Posted by Hannah Day

Wed, Sep 26, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

With consumer debt at an all-time high, many people are looking for easy ways to keep track of their finances. Financial institutions (FIs) have an amazing opportunity to cultivate customer relationships by helping customers aggregate their financial data into one personal financial management (PFM) solution so they have a full view of their finances.

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Topics: Financial Service Industry Research, Credit Unions, Community Banks, FI Operations, Future Ready

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