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Company links rise in income to growth in St. Louis

Inflation’s links to globalization examined in new Dallas Fed Publication

New report links high credit card debt to medical expenses

Digital Insight Deploys Smartwatch Banking

April 9 – Digital Insight, an NCR company and leader in digital banking solutions, announced it has released Android smartwatch functionality with Wright-Patt Credit Union. Wright-Patt Credit Union (WPCU) members who own an Android Wear™ watch can now seamlessly check account balances with a flick of the wrist, without the hassle of logging-in to the mobile app.

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ATMIA Assists ATM Industry in Preventing Malware Attacks

April 9 – To help the ATM industry prevent malware attacks on its terminals, the ATM Industry Association has published new guidelines called “Best Practices for Preventing ATM Malware, Black Box and Cyber-Attacks.”

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Mortgage Rates Move Down in Time for Spring

March 23 – Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down across the board. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate continues its run below 4 percent — a good sign for the spring homebuying season.

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CFPB Complaint Database to Feature ‘Personal Narratives’

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is finalizing a policy to enable consumers to publicly voice their complaints about consumer financial products and services using the CFPB’s public-facing Consumer Complaint Database. The CFPB says it is also publishing a Request for Information seeking public input on ways to highlight positive consumer experiences, such as by receiving consumer compliments.    Continue reading “CFPB Complaint Database to Feature ‘Personal Narratives’” »

Online Assaults Fell Against Financial Sector During 2014

March 2 – Kaspersky, the security vendor, has just released a report titled “Financial Cyber Threats in 2014,” according to which cyber assaults leveraged on the financial sector dropped during 2014 in relation to the total number of hacking incidences.

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Federal Bank Regulatory Agencies Seek Comment on Interagency Effort to Reduce Regulatory Burden

February 20 – The federal bank regulatory agencies requested comment on a second set of regulatory categories as part of their review to identify outdated or unnecessary regulations applied to insured depository institutions.

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SBA Promotes Innovation and Technology with National Road Tour stop in Wichita

February 12 – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching an 18 state road tour, joined by 11 fellow federal agencies in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

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