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Mary Wisniewski

Technology Reporter

Mary is a reporter for American Banker and Contributing Editor for Bank Technology News. She was a blogger, editor, journalist and content curator for Royal Media Group, where she covered commerce and financial technology. She also served as a fashion editor for National Jeweler, where she reported on fashion shows and jewelry news. Her work has also appeared in Billboard, Cracked and a number of business media outlets. Mary grew up in the Michigan suburbs and now lives in New York with one roommate, a record player and an espresso machine. Mary is endlessly curious and follows anything that grabs her. Current interests include fintech, literature, travel, good conversation, Cat Stevens and Gidget.

Recent Stories From this Author

Why a Former Trust Company Launched a Digital-Only Bank
February 4, 2016 Rather than partner with a startup, 45-year-old Equitable Bank in Canada created a separate brand, EQ Bank, to acquire...

Fintechs Team Up to Become More Banklike
January 27, 2016 Moven, the digital-only "neobank," is partnering with online lenders as part of an effort to differentiate its services and...

How to Inspire Millennials to Save
January 15, 2016 As a recent college graduate, I could have been more engaged with my longer-term financial health had I had today's fintech...

Mobile Prepaid Startup Goes, Well, Mobile
January 11, 2016 A fintech startup is hoping that a pop-up branch approach will inspire consumers to replace check-cashing services and...

Moven Nixes Passwords for Most Interactions
December 17, 2015 Moven will soon prompt its customers for usernames and passwords only for riskier transactions. By removing the login for most...

What's Missing in Fintech? Oh Yeah, Women
December 14, 2015 For an industry on the precipice of redefining what a bank is and does, there's a disturbing absence of effort to welcome more...

Show Them You Care: Modern Marketing for Banks
December 11, 2015 As the digital era continues to force banks to rethink what and who they are, institutions are increasingly pressured to relay...

U.K. Push for Open Bank APIs Makes U.S. Look So Last Century
November 25, 2015 As U.S. banks wrangle with account-aggregation sites over screen scraping, the U.K. is championing a safer method for sharing...

New Budgeting Apps Aim to Disrupt Payday Lending
November 12, 2015 A handful of entrepreneurs have created apps that let workers, especially those with inconsistent incomes, receive portions of...

Is Small Business Banking Next in Line for Disruption?
November 3, 2015 Reimaging the digital experience for retail customers has been the rage for several years now, but a handful of companies are...

The Case for Bringing Innovation Inside a Bank
October 28, 2015 Eastern Bank's 18-month-old innovation unit, run by startup veterans, is preparing to release its first product as the...

How Google's 'Personal Assistant' Is Influencing Financial Apps
October 20, 2015 Two new apps, Penny and Sense, highlight customers' most pressing and interesting financial information without making them...

These Startups Are Trying to Solve Real Bank Problems
October 13, 2015 The firms on our FinTech Forward Companies to Watch list are trying to help banks sign up mobile customers faster, write more...

USAA Enters Financial Health Fray with 'Readiness' Score
October 9, 2015 On October 1, USAA introduced a new kind of measurement for members: a financial readiness score and advice to improve it. The...

The Trials and Potential Triumphs of Tablets in Branches
October 7, 2015 Many bank executives share a vision of revamped branches stocked with tablets for sales and service purposes, according to a...

BB&T Lets Customers Build Their Own Online Banking Portal
September 30, 2015 BB&T has rolled out a digital banking platform that lets customers customize which features appear once they log in. It saves...

Can an App Fix Debt Collectors' Image? This Startup Thinks So
September 24, 2015 A Nevada firm is trying to make debt collections easier, friendlier and more interesting on a smartphone app designed for the...

Umpqua Podcast Shows Industry's Move to Unconventional Marketing
September 21, 2015 The bank's new audio series typifies a growing trend of bank brands thinking differently to get consumers' attention and...

Why U.K. Fintech Firms Are Becoming (Not Partnering with) Banks
September 16, 2015 Among other reasons for seeking their own charters, the U.K.'s so-called challenger banks say they need to avoid being...

Top 7 Apps for Putting Short-Term Financial Goals in Motion
September 10, 2015 Apps that help people manage their money on a day-to-day basis are all the rage among millennials. Here are the most effective...