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At a time when regulators, prosecutors and the media have stepped up their scrutiny of subprime auto lending, some in the industry have changed their definitions of key terms in ways that downplay the risks involved.

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New software aims to help prevent wireless network hijacking, or "commjacking." But there are also steps banks can take on their own to protect employees and customers from this seldom-discussed but ever-present threat.  more »
Higher loan demand is helping banks and thrifts with $2 billion to $10 billion of assets improve their profitability. Of the 191 institutions that qualified for our mid-tier ranking this year, 40% posted a three-year average return on equity in the double digits, up from 34% in our previous ranking.  more »
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Investor communications company Broadridge Financial Solutions has entered into an agreement with Thomson Reuters Lipper to acquire its Fiduciary Services and Competitive Intelligence unit.  read more »
Several big banks have hired environmental professionals from far outside the world of banking to make sure banks' clients aren't doing things to threaten water quality, public health or worker safety. The executives' job is to protect their banks' credit books — and reputations.  read more »
More banks are steadily raising and reinstating cash dividends. Bankers say the increases reflect improving confidence with the economy, though some investors contend that higher payouts signal challenges deploying capital.  read more »
Digital upstarts are out to steal traditional banks' customers by taking the hassle out of everything from account opening to borrowing. It's tough to compete with banks' resources and brand recognition, but these new mobile competitors are adamant that they can win on customer experience.  read more »
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