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Treasury Nominee Could Have Far-Reaching Effects

By Jeff Meredith on Dec 7, 2016 12:03:00 PM

Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin, a former head of Goldman Sachs’ mortgage-backed securities desk, banker, hedge fund manager and film financier, was no doubt a strange choice for a candidate who bashed Wall Street on the campaign trail and warned that Goldman Sachs controlled rivals Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton. He also represents a sea change for a federal government that has regulated banks more stringently in the wake of the financial crisis and focused on limiting corporate tax avoidance over trimming rates.

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Navy Federal Named Best Overall Online Banking Leader By Javelin; BBVA Compass, Citibank, SunTrust and USAA Garner Financial Management Praise

By Jeff Meredith on Dec 1, 2016 3:06:01 PM

Navy Federal, USAA, Bank of America, Citibank, BBVA Compass, Bank of the West, BMO Harris, SunTrust and PNC lead the pack in the inaugural edition of Javelin’s Online Banking Scorecard, a competitive analysis of the nation’s top 30 retail banks and credit unions. Navy Federal Credit Union earned the 2016 Best Overall Online Banking Leader award while being awarded 67% of the total points possible. Javelin's scorecard assesses more than 200 features offered by FIs across the categories of Financial Management, Money Movement and Customer-First Banking, the latter encompassing personalized guidance from product selection to financial well-being.

Topics: Technology
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CFPB Launches Inquiry Into Challenges Consumers Face In Sharing Access To Their Digital Financial Records

By Jeff Meredith on Nov 18, 2016 12:57:46 PM

If financial institutions make it difficult for consumers to share access to their digital financial records, they’ll be blocking a new generation of consumer-friendly products and services, warned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray at a field hearing in Salt Lake City yesterday.

Topics: fintech
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Wells Fargo Considers New Performance Metrics, Venmo Grows Rapidly: Essential Fintech Reading Oct 15-21

By Jeff Meredith on Oct 21, 2016 4:58:08 PM

The Hardest Job In Banking? 

Emily Glazer of the Wall Street Journal writes that Mary Mack, the head of retail banking at Wells Fargo & Co., must change the sales culture of the firm. In the wake of a settlement with regulators Wells Fargo scrapped sales goals for retail bank employees but the bank has not abandoned cross-selling, efforts to sell multiple product to individual households.

Topics: fintech
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Wells Fargo Scandal Invites Greater Scrutiny Of Big Banks: Essential Fintech Reading Sept 24-30

By Jeff Meredith on Sep 30, 2016 4:56:45 PM

Wells Fargo Scandal Means Renewed Scrutiny Of Big Banks

Lucinda Shen of Fortune writes that the Wells Fargo scandal "could again force regulators to take a deeper look at bank culture. Banks have been increasingly pressured to widen profit margins despite low interest rates and heavier regulation since the financial crisis ... Advocacy groups have also noted aggressive sales tactics, similar to those that led Wells employees to create fake accounts" at other financial institutions.

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Mobile Deposit Key To Customer Satisfaction, Wells Fargo Enters Damage Control Mode: Essential Fintech Reading Sept 10-16

By Jeff Meredith on Sep 16, 2016 5:07:32 PM

Wells Fargo Attempts To Repair Image, Regulator Highlights Risks Of Cross-Selling

The LA Times reports that Wells Fargo will eliminate all sales goals for credit cards, checking accounts and other retail banking products as the bank tries to repair its image. The U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas Curry, said on Thursday that other banks should review what risks arise from efforts to cross-sell to existing customers. Curry's office was among the regulators with whom Wells Fargo reached a $190 million settlement last week, following claims that it had created two million accounts that customers did not want.

Topics: fintech
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Live Blogging Finovate Fall: Day Two (Sept 9)

By Jeff Meredith on Sep 9, 2016 7:26:31 AM

It's Finovate Fall's 10th anniversary and MX is proud to cover the festivities from New York. Throughout the event we'll be profiling fascinating fintech companies and their technology advances.

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Live Blogging Finovate Fall: Day One (Sept 8)

By Jeff Meredith on Sep 8, 2016 9:10:02 AM

It's Finovate Fall's 10th anniversary and MX is proud to cover the festivities from New York. Throughout the event we'll be profiling fascinating fintech companies and their technology advances. 

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Rate Hike Looms & Banks Ponder Charging For Mobile Apps: Essential Fintech Reading Aug 20-26

By Jeff Meredith on Aug 26, 2016 5:40:10 PM

Could Your Bank Charge For Its Mobile App?

According to an S&P Global Market Intelligence Survey of 4,000 U.S. bank app users, 21% would pay as much as $3 a month for their banking app and 40% would be willing to pay $1 a month. Telis Demos of the Wall Street Journal reports that banks could generate as much as $500 million more in revenue, with the bulk going to Bank of America, Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan Chase. 26% of Bank of America's users indicated they would be willing to pay $3 a month. Demos writes that banks may still hesitate because younger consumers often cite fees as a reason they switch banks.

Topics: fintech
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Machine Learning And Blockchain Key To Banks' Future: Essential Fintech Reading Aug 6-12

By Jeff Meredith on Aug 12, 2016 6:16:27 PM

Blockchain And Machine Learning Key To Banks' Future

Writing for American Banker, Paul Schaus makes the case that banks must tap the power of blockchain technology and machine learning or "risk losing millennials to fintech companies that aren't bogged down with old technology."
Topics: fintech
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