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Intermountain Community Bancorp Elects Ford Elsaesser Chairman

March 5 – Intermountain Community Bancorp (Nasdaq:IMCB) and its banking division, Panhandle State Bank, have announced the election of Ford Elsaesser to the position of chairman of the board of directors effective immediately following the 2013 Annual Shareholders Meeting on April 24, 2013. Elsaesser succeeds Jack Parker, who has served as the institution’s chairman since 1995. Parker will continue to hold a director’s seat on the board.


Sour notes for maestro; Praise for former Fed chief Alan Greenspan has been muted by critics who blame him for current troubles.

DIY Banking: Can Community Banks Deliver?

By John Levy

A bank’s success is determined in large part by delivering stellar customer service. Today’s irony is that, to deliver great service, banks must allow consumers to manage their transactions independently. Consumers want convenient, self-service options. This movement is growing, and so is banks’ understanding of the widespread benefits gained by permitting customers to conduct business independently. For this reason, self-service has become a major banking buzz word; however, its meaning might be considerably different depending on who you ask. Now is the time for banks to evaluate the way they approach self-service and deliver these highly sought after on-demand capabilities to meet evolving consumer demands. Modern banking alternatives enhance the consumer experience and also level the playing field with the nation’s biggest institutions. (more…)

A Retail Twist on Bank Design

By Katie Farchmin

In today’s world of ever-changing technology, banking has evolved to include exciting new mobile and online technologies. Many bank transactions occur without the customer ever stepping foot into a physical branch. However, when customers do visit their local branch, it’s for a specific reason and they want a great experience. Banks are turning to design-build professionals to guide them in the design of their new main office or branch facilities and remodels. These professionals consider the bank’s business model, philosophies and desired brand experience, translating them into functional spaces that are not only unique and attractive, but more importantly, are based on the bank’s relationship style and purpose.


TD Bank and MasterCard Partner to Drive Innovative Payment Solutions

July 31 – TD Bank has announced an agreement with global payments technology company MasterCard to route debit and prepaid card transactions over MasterCard’s Maestro network. Through the agreement, MasterCard will process TD Bank’s debit card and prepaid card PIN transactions. This initiative extends MasterCard’s worldwide presence and breadth of services to TD Bank customers including tokenized transactions, leveraging technology that provides a higher level of security for customer debit and prepaid cards.


Can Events of 1937 Provide Guidance for the Fed in 2015?

By Jeff Goble

While everyone knows it is virtually impossible to consistently outguess the bond market going forward, the rear view mirror is always very clear. What can the Federal Reserve’s actions in the second half of the Great Depression tell us about what might be ahead during the central bank’s upcoming rate normalization strategy?


ATMIA Collecting Stories for ‘Cash Always Works’ Video

October 27 – ATMIA has launched a campaign to attract real-life stories from its members of situations when they needed cash, as part of its planning for production of a new video about the role of cash in the world.


Grants from First Community Bank and Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Help Two Community Projects Move Forward

October 20 – Main Street Batesville Inc. and Habitat for Humanity of Independence County (HFHIC) are one step closer to seeing their respective projects come to fruition thanks in part to generous grants from First Community Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas). A check presentation was held recently at First Community Bank’s Harrison Street location. 


Banking and Payment Vertical Continues to Offer Strong Opportunities for Smart Cards

September 18 – The global smart card market will see steady growth due to the increasing emphasis on the Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) standard in the payment and banking vertical. In 2015, multiple financial institutions in the US are expected to make their payment cards EMV-compliant. Countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific will follow suit.


Fiserv Redesigns Corillian Online Banking to Deliver a Simplified, Tablet-Inspired User Experience

September 11 – Fiserv, Inc., a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, announced today that Corillian Online(R) ASP, an online banking solution ideal for small to mid-sized institutions, has been redesigned with a simplified, tablet-inspired user interface. In recognition of the growing number of consumers who are banking from smartphones and tablets, the new user interface is designed to resonate across multiple digital channels. Simple navigation and large touchable objects, controls and typography are highly visible and designed for access through touch interfaces.

The redesign of Corillian Online ASP incorporates many of the same elements included in the previously redesigned licensed version of Corillian Online(R). In addition to the tablet-influenced updates, user-centered design elements include:


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