By Donna Parent
recent 60 Minutes interview, Jay Powell, Chair of the Federal Reserve, stated
that cyber risk is the largest threat to the Fed and to financial institutions
throughout the U.S. It’s not difficult to understand why. Today’s digital age,
paired with the ongoing development of new technologies, have provided a
breeding ground for cybercriminals to capitalize upon, across physical and mobile
There were four frequently made predictions by
industry experts, financial institutions and technology providers at the
beginning of 2019, according to the recent Digital Banking Trends Progress
Report from D3 Banking Technology.
“Even though we’re only halfway through, 2019
is shaping up to be another wild ride in financial services,” said Mark Vipond,
CEO of D3. “In 2019, banks and credit unions must focus on consolidating and
streamlining their platforms and leveraging modern technology that helps them
better understand their customers’ and members’ needs.”
And What They Can Do About It
By Trevor Dryer
More than a fifth of small business owners chose not to apply for a traditional business loan because they found the process too complicated, a recent BMO Harris Bank survey found. It’s not too surprising, then, that research released by Mercator Advisory Group also shows that 27 percent of small businesses surveyed in the U.S. have already used an alternative lending platform. And that number is trending up.
After gathering a sample of more than 1.7 million mortgage applicants from 2016 who were either approved for denied for a mortgage, the Clever Real Estate research team discovered something unsettling: 26 percent of African-American applicants were denied mortgages, compared to 10 percent of white applicants. Even when controlling for income, the researchers believe that racial discrepancies still exist.
A number of financial institutions are turning to video banking technology to extend their services finds London-based RBR’s Teller Automation and Branch Technology 2019 report. This trend is particularly strong in rural areas, the research found.