By Michael Boukadakis
The Wall Street Journal recently detailed the demise of the National Bank of Delaware County (NBDC), a small community bank that had been in business since 1891, after it bought Bank of America’s sole branch in an upstate New York town. “People waited in four-hour-long lines at the Monticello, N.Y., branch and withdrew nearly half of their deposits, moving them to banks with more reliable technology … The community bank, which had been in business for more than a century, eventually sold itself in a fire sale,” the Journal dolefully reported. But despite cautionary tales, community financial institutions aren’t doomed.
By Tom Bengtson, Publisher
The foundation of currency is trust. The only reason any of us accepts the U.S. dollar as a unit of value is because we have all agreed it has value. This is something we have derived with our minds. Perhaps it was easier to accept the value of U.S. currency when it was backed by gold. Today, however, there is no asset at the foundation of money. Nonetheless, because we trust it, it is a useful medium of exchange.
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By Alaina Webster, Managing Editor
If searching for a term to describe the recent financial landscape, the Great Data Reckoning may be apt. By now, we all know how much “data” banks have — there have been countless articles written about untapped data, unanalyzed data, data not meeting its potential. If data were a sullen high-school senior with good ACT scores but mediocre grades, it would be sitting in the guidance counselor’s office right now, being asked why it can’t see what a great contribution it could make to the world and whether it would consider adding a few extra-curriculars to its resume.
By Philippe Benitez
Biometric technologies are here to stay. That much is evident, thanks to consumers’ avid adoption of mobile devices and everyday applications that leverage fingerprint identification, facial recognition and other modalities that already extend into the mobile banking realm. As that tech diffuses into other parts of daily life and business, including airports, automobiles and commerce, it’s worth considering how it might transform bank branches, one of the last bastions left relatively untouched by the digital revolution.
By Laura Crozier
Since the 2008 financial crisis, banks have spent a lot of time and energy on regulatory compliance and cost cutting. Until just recently, as a result of growing regulatory demands, investment in new technology took a back seat, as did innovation.