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Want to Improve Online Banking? Add These Features!

The adoption of online banking, now incorporating mobile, has become a staple for the industry over the past couple of years. However, the online experience can vary greatly based on what features are offered from each financial institution. One area which has not received its share of improvements are value-added features for check-type payments. The…

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For Checks, One Percent Increase Feels Like Thirty

A few weeks back we noted that a study had found that B2B payments by check actually increased by 1 percentage point from 2013 to 2016 (according to the 2016 AFP Electronic Payments Survey). Magnus Carlsson, manager of treasury and payments for the Association for Financial Professionals, took a deeper look at the significance of that one…

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Another Milestone: ATM’s Reach the Half-Million Mark

A new analysis of industry data by the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) reveals that there are now between 475,000 and 500,000 ATMs operating out there in the U.S. market. This achievement comes after years of what can be characterized as fairly stagnant growth (attributable to a struggling economy, Windows updates, and a complex EMV migration, among…

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VIDEO: Check Payments Increasing in B2B

Contrary to what might be considered “conventional wisdom,” in 2016 51% of business-to-business payments were made by check. Does that mark a slowing in the “disappearance” of check usage? Au contraire – that number is up from 50% in 2013! Magnus Carlsson, AFP’s Manager of Treasury and Payments, discusses in the attached video the new…

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How Banks Can Embrace Technology Through “Fintegration”: Podcast Summary

Here’s a terrific podcast interview via BAI Banking Strategies that you should listen to during your commute. In it, Andres Wolberg-Stok, Citi FinTech’s global head of policy, talks about best practices and approaches to incorporating financial tech – FinTech – in financial organizations. An important point Wolberg-Stok makes early in the conversation is the fact that,…

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Checks Tough to Shake From Their Throne in Pymnts.com Article

Pymnts.com reports that electronic payments are rising, according to a Viewpost study. Small and large businesses are recognizing the advantages of electronic payments.  But, for all the rah-rah about electronic payments seeping into the consciousness of American businesses, there are no victory dances quite yet: Every single one of the business owners surveyed by Viewpost…

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Social Media Provides a Gaping Hole for Fraudsters in Check

  AJC.com recently reported the story of a group of fraudsters who used Instagram ads to solicit bank information for unsuspecting victims, who were robbed of substantial funds before the crime was discovered. During a scheme lasting at least 17 months, the FBI said, the trio posted advertisements on Instagram and other social media sites offering “fast…

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Switching Banks is in Fashion Again for the Small Biz

The American Banker podcast is a pleasant way to spend your commute. Their latest segment features a conversation from our business partners FIS, Doug Brown, senior vice president. He examines a recent survey that shows 14% of small and medium-size businesses switched banks last year and 18% are considering switching this year. “Business owners gravitate toward things that make…

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Mobile RDC: Banks Driving Volume, Managing Risks

Mobile check deposit rolled out almost five years ago, and at that time it was used mainly by tech-savvy leading-edge early adopters. The “mainstream” bank customer, however, felt intimidated by the tech, or was discouraged by the limits set on deposits. Undaunted, BBVA Compass aggressively addressed theses concerns over the past year. The bank increased its check amount limits,…

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Has Technology Stripped Our Banks of Human Values?

Recently we looked at whether or not the bank teller and associated “human touch” was disappearing from the banking experience (Verdict: happily, bank tellers are not yet “endangered species.”) In this interesting take from India, the writer, a sociologist, wonders whether the very same tech that makes transactions quick and easy – – mobile apps,…

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