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U.S. Investor Optimism Rises to Highest Level in 16 Years

March 24 – The Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index is at a 16-year high following a 30-point increase from fourth-quarter 2016 to +126 in the first quarter. Investors are now the most optimistic they have been about the U.S. investment climate since the dot-com boom in November 2000, when the index was +130.

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Reinventing Farm Loan Policy

How to draft a useful document for a tough farm economy.

By John M. Blanchfield

 

You lead a team at the bank that has been assigned the job of revising the bank’s agricultural lending policy. This is a real opportunity to demonstrate to management that you and your team know how to manage agricultural credits. But how do you go about crafting a farm loan policy that is current, flexible and valuable to your bank during a tough farm economy?

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ComplianceOnline Announces Banking Summit 2017

February 24 – ComplianceOnline, a governance, risk and compliance advisory network with more than 1,500 experts in various regulatory subjects, has announced its Banking Summit 2017 venue and speaker lineup. The Summit will take place on April 27 and 28, 2017 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

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More Than 1,500 Financial Institutions Utilizing Verafin’s FRAMLx Solution

February 23 – Verafin, a cross-institutional BSA/AML and fraud detection solution provider, continues to shape and enhance the future of the fight against financial crime.

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Smart Card Alliance Educates Merchants and Issuers on Contactless Payments

January 10 –  Contactless payments have become one of the most popular ways to pay globally with usage in countries such as the U.K., Canada and Australia growing every day. As U.S. merchants and issuers look to move towards faster, more convenient payments, the Smart Card Alliance is providing new resources, including two infographics and a Q&A to outline benefits and security considerations for contactless payments in the U.S.

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First National Bank Introduces Mobile Debit Card Controls with CardGuard

September 27 – First National Bank of Pennsylvania, the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corporation, has introduced CardGuardSM, the latest upgrade to the FNB Direct mobile banking app. CardGuard gives FNB customers real-time control over how their debit card is used, providing enhanced protection against fraud and improved budgeting support.

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Federal Housing Programs Detailed in FDIC Guide

September 20 – The FDIC has launched a mortgage guide and online resource center to help community bankers learn more about single-family housing products offered by federal agencies and government-sponsored enterprises. (more…)

Smart Card Alliance White Paper Details Why the Ideal Time for Card Issuers and Retailers to Go Contactless Is Now

July 18 – Contactless payments provide U.S. issuers and merchants with an opportunity to improve payments security, transaction speeds and the customer experience. To help payments stakeholders better understand the value and benefits contactless payments provide, the Smart Card Alliance has released a new white paper, “Contactless EMV Payments: Benefits for Consumers, Merchants and Issuers.” The white paper answers the most important questions about the adoption of contactless payments, such as: how contactless fits into today’s payment industry; what is currently different from earlier adoption attempts; and why the ideal time to go contactless is now.

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Regions Bank to Offer Expanded Online Consumer Loan Experience

April 8 -Regions Bank and online lending platform Avant have announced an agreement to offer a streamlined online consumer loan application and underwriting experience for Regions Bank customers. The unique agreement will combine Regions’ established banking and online presence at www.regions.com with Avant’s technology platform to provide a fast, convenient digital experience for customers seeking consumer loans.

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