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March 7, 2012

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Avoid IT Overload 

By Peter Melerun 

Austin Bank is a family-run bank with 30 locations in 21 cities and 10 East Texas counties. It has undergone exceptional growth due to several recent mergers while its online and mobile banking operations have also grown based on increased customer traffic. The bank has 22,000 online banking customers it needs to keep satisfied and loyal. Read more>>  


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FHFA Announces New Conservatorship Scorecard for Fannie, Freddie; Reduces Executive Compensation
Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco has released a 2012 Conservatorship Scorecard, which provides the implementation roadmap for the new FHFA strategic plan announced in February 2012. The scorecard includes specific objectives and timetables for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in support of the strategic plan. Read more>>
Mobile Commerce Market Set to Accelerate With NFC
A new study by Juniper Research forecasts that NFC (Near Fields Communications) will facilitate transactions valued at $74 billion by 2015 as NFC is increasingly used for the payment of goods in-store and as transport tickets; this is over treble the estimated value of this market in 2011. The increasing use of mobile devices as an alternative to credit cards and paper tickets is one of the fastest growing segments of the mobile commerce market. Read more>>
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Credit Managers' Index for February Suggests Robust Future for the Economy
The Credit Managers' Index is now sitting at 55.8, rising a full percentage point above January's reading. The index is at its highest since April 2011, a time when most indicators were pointing to a pretty solid year. It is worth noting that last year was also affected by an oil shock at about this point and a back-sliding economy in the months that followed. However, readings from this month are solid in key categories providing some confidence regarding what happens from this point. Read more>>
Dodd-Frank Confusion Reigns Among Buy-Side Asset Managers
Rule Financial, an independent provider of business consultancy, IT consultancy and IT services to the global investment banking community, has released the results of a study into the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on the buy and sell sides. The research finds that sell-side firms are making large changes to their operations and IT, investing heavily in client execution and clearing propositions that will become operational in 2012. The buy-side is taking a different approach, placing a heavy reliance on the sell-side to provide a solution to the problems created by the new regulation. While 70% of the sell-side claim to have finalized their 'to-be' business process design, only 20% of buy-side firms have conducted this analysis. Read more>>
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