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Ag Tech Transforms the Field for Today’s Farmers

By Justin Dullum

Editor’s Note: Growers Edge Financial, Johnston, Iowa, is carving a path as an innovator in melding financial technology into the ag sector. BankBeat, the sister publication of BankNews, spoke with Joe Young, its co-founder and president, about how these two worlds come together.

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Best Practices in Banking Vendor Management

By Scott Sargent

For the past several years, federal regulators have targeted vendor management risk as one of their top regulatory priorities. The growing reliance on third-party service providers is only increasing the need and demand for effective vendor management programs.  On April 2, the FDIC reminded the banks under its supervision that it expects them to comply with the guidance previously issued.[1]

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Four Back Office Requirements for Community FIs to Recapture Commercial Accounts, Market Share from Big Banks

By Steve Bartels

The ability for community financial institutions to recapture large commercial customer accounts from big banks has long been hampered by the strain on back-office resources. The lack of automation to serve commercial customers has seen market share among community FIs drop drastically. Community banks with fewer than $10 billion in inflation-adjusted assets held 57 percent of deposits in 1994, according to a December 2018 Harvard report on bank consolidation and financial inclusion. Today, they hold just 20 percent. It’s no surprise that the largest FIs in the country have doubled their collective market share. With larger development and back office teams, big banks have built robust offerings that address risk and fraud more comprehensively to service large business customers.

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Regtech Pioneer Believes Adaption Is Accelerating

By Justin Dullum

Jo Ann Barefoot has been doing a lot of globetrotting lately. Since being named the first female Deputy Comptroller of the Currency in 1978, Barefoot launched a career in the private sector and describes herself as a “serial entrepreneur.” She is currently CEO of Barefoot Innovation Group, something of a think tank for financial technology, regulatory reform and the future of banking. She is a co-founder of Hummingbird Regtech (industry shorthand for regulation technology), and is a senior fellow emerita at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Center for Business & Government.

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Myth Busting: Does Technology Threaten Tradition?

By Tim Klatt

If yours is a bank rooted in tradition, you’ve probably spent decades building your customer base and establishing your business and brand within your community. You know your community, and it knows you. Though tradition can and should be a core part of your financial institution’s identity, it can threaten forward progress if it leads to a “status quo” way of thinking.

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