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Dodd-Frank Falls Short on TBTF 

Bill Poquette Serious questions have been raised recently whether enough is being done to prevent another financial crisis threatening survival of the nation's too big to fail banks. "We have made some progress on the TBTF problem," said William C. Dudley, CEO of the New York Fed, "particularly in reducing the likelihood that a large, complex firm will reach the point of distress at which society faces serious costs. But we have a considerable ways to go to finish the job."

Esther L. George, CEO of the Kansas City bank, questioned whether the "misaligned incentives" that led to the crisis have been corrected. "We cannot expect to have a sound financial system if the key players in it are not held fully responsible for the choices they make," she told global supervisors at a meeting in Panama City, Panama. Read more>>   

SNL: Undercapitalized Banks Fall to Lowest Level in 3.5 Years
Forty-two banks and thrifts were undercapitalized, based on the criteria of having Tier 1 ratios below 4 percent, at Sept. 30, compared to 54 institutions at the end of the second quarter and 72 institutions a year ago, according to SNL data. Read more>>

Mobile Banking Usage Up 50 Percent Since 2011    

Mobile banking has taken hold around the globe, presenting significant opportunities for banks to drive out costs and deepen customer relationships, according to Bain & Company's annual "Customer Loyalty in Retail Banking Report. Read more>>
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FDIC Releases Survey on How Banks are Working to Meet the Needs of the Unbanked and Underbanked
The survey notes certain strengths among banks' efforts to serve the unbanked and underbanked. The report also identifies five opportunities for banks to increase access to basic financial services. Read more>>
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CFPB Proposes Allowing Companies to Run Trial Disclosure Programs    

As part of its Project Catalyst initiative, and in line with its statutory authority, the bureau's goal is to encourage banks, credit unions and other financial services companies to propose and conduct trial disclosure programs. Read more>>


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