Financial Industry

“Go Ahead, Write a Check for Your Coffee,” Just Not for Beef Jerky

Gert Watkins just become the poster child of checks in an article about the reality of check writing. The Wall Street Journal article, posted by former colleague and friend Kathy Strasser, explored the dynamics behind why checks still exist and what the leading motivations are. Of course, when it comes to checks, technologists want to bash…

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Did the 2016 FDIC Conference Deliver Short-Term Success?

The FDIC 2016 Community Banking Conference provided a foundational approach for the market. With the theme of Strategies for Long-Term Success, four conference panels discussed the community banking model; regulatory developments; managing technology challenges; and ownership structure and succession planning. Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg announced that community banks today account for 13 percent of banking industry assets…

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Orbograph 2017 Predictions for Check Payments

Within the first months of 2017, there will be a number of important market studies released related to check volumes via FED research, fraud losses (ABA Deposit Account paper), and retail banking (BAI).  As OrboGraph looks to the future in check payment innovation, we believe the following trends will feed market innovations. Check volume declines…

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Looking to 2017: Risk and Fraud

Andrew Davies, Vice President of Global Market Strategy, Financial Crime Risk Management at Fiserv, makes several great points about how quicker transactions – and the customer expectations attached to that speed – can be dangerous in terms of exposing fraud and theft opportunities. (Read it HERE.) Mr. Davies describes a “perfect storm of factors,” broadly consisting of: Greater demands…

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Top Bankers: What to Expect for Wall Street in 2017

Predictions. If we’ve learned anything in 2016, it is that anything can happen. Pundits and polls? Worthless! The Cubs won the World Series, for Pete’s sake! So, a tip of our hat to the banking pros who went out on a limb to predict Wall Street activities and trends in the year to come. We’re treading unbroken…

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Digital vs. Traditional: What to Prepare For

BAI.org offers valuable insight into consumers’ adoption of digital interaction with their financial institutions via a document entitled “Digital Banking and Analytics: Enhancing Customer Experience and Efficiency.” The downloadable PDF provides great information about current and future use of digital interactive technology among bank customers, as well as a cogent overview of future expectations that the industry…

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The Life of a Check: Tree to Payment Processing

The folks at Crosscheck have put together a great overview of the life of a check – – starting at the tree (now that’s comprehensive) and advancing through the various legislative and technological steps that have kept checks speedy and relevant in the digital age. They also get into the nitty-gritty of check “construction” with…

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Are Banks Still Taking a Traditional View Toward Branch Technology?

New technologies by the FINTECH community continue to grab the spotlight in the market. FINTECH is pushing hard on digital payment varieties and all kinds of scenarios to make P2P, B2B, and P2B via mobile devices and new card/chips options, taking volume from the branches. Banks are looking for ways to better serve millennials, too.…

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Banking in the Next 5 Years: Video Interviews

Recipients of the 2016 FinTech Forward awards discuss how evolving technology will reshape banking in the next five years. Some of the key takeaways: Data, data, data. Huge value in data analytics for those who efficiently gather it. It will be crucial to respond to the shift occurring in the next five years toward “banking where and…

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The Devil is in the Details: A Parable of ONE KEYSTROKE

Steve McNair of FTP Consulting tells a great story about how a credit card processing company made a significant $$$ investment in system upgrades, which delivered “lower performance”. The customer blamed the solution provider — however, the system was running fine. Sound familiar? After nine months of working with the system, no one could identify the root cause of…

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