Bank Director’s Acquire or Be Acquired Conference remains a prime-time event for understanding the ever-evolving dynamics in the banking industry (beyond the prominent M&A theme) and copious amounts of networking. Over the four-day conference, there were more than 2,000 attendees this year – and the SRM contingent did its best to connect with as many industry pros as possible.
Bankers have entered what many view as a challenging year for financial institutions of all sizes. There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the regulatory environment, credit quality, and the Fed’s plans for interest rates.
The CFPB has proposed a rule to limit overdraft charges at larger U.S. banks and credit unions – though financial institutions of all sizes should take note.
We've heard several financial institutions intend to delay deploying instant payments capabilities, such as FedNow and The Clearing House's RTP Network, until 2025 as part of broader cost-control initiatives.
Financial institution executives who found 2024’s budget cycle particularly vexing are in good company. The unrelenting pace of technology, regulatory, and economic change makes allocating resources and meeting financial goals especially challenging. Time will tell if this is simply the “new normal,” but most internal processes have yet to adapt to these new demands.
After attending my first Money 20/20 conference I came away with an insightful experience filled with thought-provoking discussions on the future of finance. Over four jam-packed days, I captured notes from 16 sessions covering a wide swath of topics that are sure to (re)shape financial services.
Most of this year's chatter surrounding card interchange has centered on the prospects for the Credit Card Competition Act's passage. While this pending legislation remains on the watch list, the plot has taken a sudden twist. The Federal Reserve, at an October 25 meeting, pulled debit interchange squarely back onto center stage.
The financial landscape evolves fast, with banks and credit unions constantly seeking ways to enhance their services, stay competitive, and comply with laws and regulations. One significant challenge they face is the conversion of their card processors – a complex and mission-critical task that can benefit from the expertise of a consulting partner.
Reputation. It’s the single most important factor for any organization and should always be a key consideration for financial institutions evaluating any strategic, operational, and technology initiatives.
Instant payments have been on the radar for some time – The Clearing House’s RTP Network has been operational since late 2017. But the Federal Reserve’s launch of FedNow, the second instant payments network in the US, has reshaped the landscape – shifting the dialogue from “if instant payments will take hold” to “when and how will they take hold.” This was evidenced when over 1,750 people joined the Fed’s recent town hall on the topic – a potent indicator of market interest.