THREAT, RESPONSE: Big banks' involvement in Apple Pay adds "just another level of pressure" on small banks, said Bob Steen (left), CEO of Bridge Community Bank in Iowa. Small banks need to form coalitions to participate in high-tech payments and "not let the big banks take that away from us," said Patrick Frawley, the CEO of Community & Southern Bank in Georgia.
The mobile wallet finally has some real momentum. Will the biggest banks use the opportunity to take business from their smaller peers?

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