Dec 4, 2022
Our most frequently asked questions around the accounting standard for Current Expected Credit Loss.
Jun 7, 2022
Bottom Line: Consumer credit rose more than expected again in April. While there were negative revisions to earlier data, taking about $10B off the previously reported increases for the 1st Quarter, the trend continued to accelerate higher. Revolving credit growth...
Mar 7, 2022
Bottom Line: Revolving credit declined, countering expectations for an increase as consumers paid down balances in January. Revolving credit balances, mostly credit cards, remain well below the pre-pandemic levels as the benefit of direct stimulus payments to households has proven...
Sep 12, 2022
Online gaming platforms have become extremely popular in recent years, with 76% of children under 18 playing regularly and connecting their parents’ credit cards and bank cards to their gaming accounts. Financial education about the risks of online gaming payments can add value for young and older customers alike.
Jul 19, 2022
The global microchip shortage is now anticipated to continue longer than expected, possibly throughout 2024. This translates into community financial institutions feeling the impact of this shortage in bank card and credit cards.
Nov 15, 2022
Businesses and consumers prefer the convenience of electronic payment methods. So, an electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) platform is helpful for CFIs to retain customers, compete for new clients, and stay viable. Not all EBPP platforms are alike, so we discuss how to choose the one that benefits your institution the most.
Nov 1, 2022
While there is no shortage of risks that CFIs face, one way to enhance your risk management strategy might be in reshaping your board of directors. We give you tips on how to strengthen your board and reexamine the way the group approaches risk.
Sep 23, 2022
Personal finance and financial health is top of mind for both Gen Zers and their parents. We look at some of the ways in which Gen Z learns about finances — and how CFIs can provide the financial education and advice that these customers want.
Sep 9, 2022
Pandemic shutdowns accelerated the adoption of self-service technologies. Now, more and more customers at CFIs expect such services in both digital channels and inside branches. We explore some of the most popular DIY technologies.
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.
Jul 14, 2022
CFIs can grow loans, deposits and non-interest income through partnerships with neobanks. It's a potentially smart partnership, but one that CFIs should consider carefully before cementing. We give you some ideas to consider before deciding to partner with a neobank and how to increase the chances that this new relationship will thrive.
Jun 23, 2022
There are 32.5MM small businesses in the US, generating 44% of economic activity — an attractive opportunity for financial service providers of all sizes. CFIs have a strong connection with small business customers and could leverage their understanding of the customers’ unique needs in order to create compelling propositions for them. We give you four strategies to help get you off to a good start.
Jun 9, 2022
As adoption of cryptocurrencies grows, cryptofinance and crypto lending are extending their reach and proving alluring to some borrowers and lenders alike. We give you an overview of this developing trend — certainly one for community financial institutions to watch.
Jun 8, 2022
When CFIs create “green niches” that support fast-growing companies with environmental-friendly business models, it can prove to be quite profitable. Then add the bonus of delighting investors and satisfying regulators, well then, the trifecta can bring great dividends indeed. We share several ways that your institution can create a green niche through real industry examples.
May 17, 2022
Cybersecurity is a top priority these days. Cybercriminals are crafty and can find their way in. Last year, all forms of cybercrime showed an increase, resulting in $6.9B of losses. Today, we cover five forms of cybercrime that particularly stand out.
May 12, 2022
Financial institutions are increasingly under pressure from stakeholders to demonstrate their commitment to addressing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. We look at four ways in which ESG initiatives could result in benefits for community financial institutions, such as attracting new customers, as well as contributing to a more sustainable future for their communities and beyond.
May 9, 2022
Virtual payment cards have been around for a while. But, their use is increasing. Global virtual card spending is expected to reach $355B in 2022. Businesses are finding several uses and benefits in using virtual payment cards. Community financial institutions will want to take note, so that they can be prepared to best support them.
Apr 27, 2022
Return on Experience (ROX) is a fairly new metric for financial institutions. Yet, one survey has found it to be a powerful metric. The study found that financial institutions that grew 10% or more had stronger ROX programs than those that didn’t. We explore this new performance metric.
Apr 19, 2022
The switch from 6-digit to 8-digit BINs has been in the works since 2015. But now, the first deadline is here. Community financial institutions need to check on their accounting systems to determine if they are sufficiently prepared. Here are a few items to assess the impact on your institution and communicate with customers, especially business customers.
Mar 16, 2022
Vertically-oriented payment cards have been around since 2018. Yet, they have seen a burst of issuance since last year. Will more financial institutions use payment cards with a vertical layout? We explore which institutions are issuing them, why, and the benefits to your customers, especially those with disabilities.