Oct 26, 2022
Fintechs — once viewed as an existential threat to community financial institutions — are now increasingly seen as offering institutions an opportunity to innovate and thrive. However, fintech partnerships carry risks and the regulators are watching closely. We summarize six key areas from the latest due diligence guidance to ensure a successful and responsible partnership.
Sep 15, 2021
The number of partnerships between financial institutions and fintechs is increasing with technologies advancing and competition intensifying. Community financial institutions interested in these partnerships may be keen to hear from their peers. So, we give you two successful examples along with the regulatory lay of the land.
May 27, 2021
Did you know that gig workers make up over one-third of the workforce in the US? Yet, their financial needs are mainly addressed by fintechs. We bring you up-to-speed on this labor sector including the reasons they want to work independently, why conventional risk assessment may not work, how fintechs are courting gig workers, and what financial services gig workers need.
May 24, 2021
Digital banking and the PPP were two key drivers in bringing CFIs and fintechs together during the pandemic. This shift in the fintech-financial institution dynamic will likely continue post-pandemic as CFIs look for ways to continue engaging their customers. We explore what fintechs are looking for and the steps CFIs should take for a successful partnership with a fintech.
Feb 16, 2021
Partnerships with fintechs have been increasing, due to the digitization spurred by the pandemic. Several community financial institutions are among those institutions engaging more with fintechs. We have three secrets for successful fintech partnerships to share, some of which came from your peers: fintech flexibility, removing internal barriers, and involving staff.
Nov 7, 2022
BNPL has become increasingly popular and is expected to grow in the years to come. The market, currently dominated by fintechs, is ripe for regulation, opening the door for traditional financial institutions. CFIs may want to react quickly to this latest disruptor. We discuss the key considerations for CFIs entering this space.
Sep 22, 2022
Digitization is a critical component in CFIs’ efforts to remain competitive with fintechs and their largest peers, but the personalization of smaller banks is their most valuable asset. We explore how to reconcile these seemingly competing forces to achieve a digital experience that works for your customers and your CFI.
Aug 31, 2022
The banking sector recently saw a strong resurgence in M&A deals, although activity is now slowing down. We look at the key drivers and trends shaping banking M&A in 2022, along with industry-specific factors including the acquisition of digital capabilities, the downward trend in net interest margins, and the ongoing blurring of the lines between fintechs and banks.
Aug 18, 2022
The next great boom in refinancing probably won’t be in mortgages. Instead, it will likely be in CDs and other deposits, which are vulnerable to customers who decide to pay penalties and reinvest at higher interest rates. A rising-rate environment is also a potentially fruitful hunting ground for fintechs, neobanks, and other startups to lure deposits away from traditional financial providers. CFIs should consider these three strategies to help hold their best customers and stress test their businesses for CD and deposit losses.
Jun 28, 2022
Partnerships between CFIs and fintechs are an increasingly important part of any CFI’s business model. However popular, it’s not a given that fintech-directed private equity is a good fit for every CFI. We provide you with some things to consider before you decide to invest.
Mar 9, 2022
Cryptocurrencies have been around since 2009 and their popularity is growing. Not only are fintechs and neobanks providing these services to their customers, but so are community financial institutions. In a recent study, nearly 30% of community banks said they were very likely or extremely likely to add crypt services this year. Still, risks remain and regulatory guidance is evolving.
May 13, 2021
Facial biometrics is the latest technology and the financial industry is taking notice. TD Bank has started using it with onboarding, while fintechs and MasterCard are jumping in too. While the technology is in its early stages, we recommend monitoring facial biometrics and tracking the competition to avoid losing customers.
Mar 10, 2022
Discussion over the rules governing faster payments is still ongoing at a federal level. Meanwhile, customer adoption of existing real-time payment solutions continues to increase, with many new products on the horizon. Community financial institutions have a lot to think about before providing faster payment capabilities. Here are three steps to get you ready.
Jan 11, 2022
A number of challenger and foreign banks have recently exited or scaled down their presence in the US. N26 is the latest casualty. What’s behind these less-than-successful attempts to come to terms with the US retail banking landscape? We look at the lessons community financial institutions can learn from this apparent exodus.
Dec 17, 2021
Treasury management services are needed by businesses more than ever these days. Are you ensuring that all these opportunities are properly addressed? With 66% of small businesses stating that they face financial challenges, cash management is especially important. Here are three tips to fully support your customers with their treasury management requirements.
Sep 20, 2021
As big banks JPMorgan Chase and BBVA pulled the plug on their “digital-only” brands, Finn and Simple, you would think community financial institutions would stay away from this endeavor. Yet, a peer in MA recently launched its own “digital-only” brand. Is this something for other community financial institutions to consider? Here are some of the advantages for your consideration.
Sep 1, 2021
Banking as a Service (BaaS) activity has been steadily climbing, but the pandemic put it into high gear. In 2020 alone, BaaS transactions hit $22.5B and rapid growth is expected to continue. We share the BaaS basics, the banking industry’s response to it, and how a community financial institution is staying competitive with it.
Aug 17, 2021
Community financial institutions are buying nonbanks more than ever. With the global fintech market growing to $143B this year and several financial advisors looking to sell, there is a rich field to choose from. We explore some of the reasons your peers are purchasing nonbanks and what to look out for, if you consider going down this path as well.
Jun 24, 2021
About 50% of people use at least two finance apps, according to Mambu worldwide research. So, how can community financial institutions keep their customers engaged with such a plethora of apps? Understanding app usage and what your customers are looking for in finance apps will put you on the right path to respond to the plethora of finance apps.
Jan 7, 2021
With tight competition for top-quality borrowers and high levels of deposits, lending has its challenges in 2021. Three ways to handle these challenges: book more working capital loans, manage CRE portfolio challenges, and monitor nonbank and fintech competition.