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2015 ISA ENTRY – CPI Card Group’s Chip Complete

CPI Card Group’s Chip Complete™ provides small- to mid-sized financial institutions with a simplified approach to an effective EMV migration, from the first step, through execution and all the way to activation and issuance of chip cards. Primarily, Chip Complete:

The first step to a successful EMV migration is to define key strategies that will drive the development and execution of a chip card program. With Chip Complete, EFT Source, a CPI Card Group company, works alongside financial institutions to develop a unique EMV issuance strategy that is based on their specific business goals and level of processor support.

The fully compliant program takes an average of 10-12 weeks to complete and supports all standard card association profiles, including Visa and MasterCard. Notable features of the program include:

  • Chip procurement and card personalization, including a full offering of in-house card design and print services and milling and embedding of certified chips;
  • Chip inventory and lifecycle management with CPI Card Group’s proprietary system, ChipTrac™, as well as regular audits of the Letter of Approval and chip expiration dates to prevent obsolete inventory;
  • Key management, including the necessary generation, storage and distribution of secure keys, as determined by the financial institution’s specifications;
  • Streamlined data preparation and card configuration, minimizing the impact on existing processes;
  • Internal testing of Card Personalization Validation test cards and chip certification; and
  • Tools to effectively market to customers, including consumer education regarding  the benefits of EMV; and
  • Comprehensive training for financial institution staff, including a webinar series to help better educate employees on the solution and its value proposition.

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OCC to Host Workshop in Los Angeles

Jan 22 – The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will host a workshop in Los Angeles at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, Feb. 10-12, for directors of national community banks and federal savings associations.


Bernanke Comments on Recent Developments in the Labor Market

March 26 – Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke spoke at the National Association for Business Economics Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 2012. In his speech, he discussed the recent developments in the labor market. His speech is below.


Rural Mainstreet Economy Still in Recession: Annualized Job Losses Exceed 5%

Nov 20 – For a third straight month the overall index for the Rural Mainstreet economy expanded, but continued to indicate significant economic weakness, according to the November survey of bank CEOs in an 11-state region. The Rural Mainstreet Index, which ranges between 0 and 100, advanced to 38.4 from October’s 37.5 and September’s 36.5. A reading of 50.0 is considered growth neutral.


State-of-the-Art Wealth Management: The Enterprise Bank & Trust Story

“To guide our clients to a lifetime of financial success” is how Enterprise Bank & Trust, based in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton, Mo., describes its mission. With total assets of $1.3 billion as of June 30, and major operations in the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas, Enterprise became a national wholesale player with its acquisition of Millennium Brokerage Group. Headquartered in Nashville, Millennium is a leading life insurance advisory and brokerage organization with operations in 49 states.


Check Imaging: Iowa’s Bridge Community Bank Finds Big Savings in Item-Processing Costs and Courier Fees

Bridge Community Bank, founded in 1903 and employee-owned, has $52 million in assets and locations in Mount Vernon and Mechanicsville, Iowa. After growing tired of using microfilm to index checks, resulting in hours of labor-intensive researching, Bridge Community Bank officials decided to investigate check imaging. They began debating the benefits of check imaging versus original checks for customers. In addition, they searched for microfilm savings and personnel savings related to customer research, item sorting and statement preparation.


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