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Marc Hochstein

Editor in Chief

Marc Hochstein became the Editor in Chief of American Banker in July 2014. He joined the publication in 1998 as a reporter covering mortgages and has steadily added responsibility over the years. At one time or another he has overseen American Banker's coverage of consumer finance, payments, and community banking; the vibrant opinion blog BankThink; the wildly popular Morning Scan newsletter; and the reinvigoration of SourceMedia's mortgage publications. Marc was responsible for some of the earliest serious coverage of Bitcoin anywhere and chaired SourceMedia's successful Digital Currencies + the Blockchain conferences in July 2014 and July 2015.

Recent Stories from This Author

Wells Fargo Fiasco Lays Bare a Broken Identity System
October 20, 2016 The Wells Fargo scandal is an example of what happens when a system requires you to effectively hand over the keys to your...

HSBC's New U.S. Retail Chief Is a Veteran of JPMorgan, Amex
August 15, 2016 HSBC has hired Anthony Glover, a veteran of JPMorgan Chase and American Express, to be its head of retail banking in the U.S.,...

A Messaging System Like Symphony, But for Governments
May 1, 2016 Digital Identity Security Co., a startup, is building an encrypted messaging and identity management platform for the...

Bet On (or Against) Your Bank's Management
January 14, 2016 Prediction markets are the opposite of "yes men" — they're designed to induce experts to show what they really think. Could...

Does Nature Want to Evolve a Bank?
January 7, 2016 Maybe disruptors, not bankers, are the ones who need to worry about an abrupt paradigm shift. Though many bankers fear having...

Innovator of the Year: CBW Bank's Suresh Ramamurthi
December 17, 2015 Ramamurthi has transformed a 123-year-old institution with one branch serving a dusty Kansas town into a seedbed for...

Thank You for Not Smearing All Bitcoin Users, BIS
November 25, 2015 The Bank for International Settlements acknowledges that people may have legitimate reasons to prefer an anonymous payment...

Can This Startup Restore Privacy in Payments and Turn a Profit?
October 26, 2015 Led by a team of financial services and regulatory veterans and young techies, Privacy.com represents the first mainstream...

Morning Scan: Deutsche Bank's $6B Goof; Morgan Stanley's Transformational Struggle
October 20, 2015 Breaking News This Morning ... Earnings: Fifth Third, Regions, Synovus, Signature, Bank of New York Mellon Receiving Wide...

Santander Invests in Ripple as Startup Expands Services
October 6, 2015 Santander Group, the Spanish banking giant, has invested several million dollars in Ripple, one of the most prominent startups...

Fintech (the Word, That Is) Evolves
October 5, 2015 The term has gone from a common brand name to a catch-all for innovative technologies in financial services to a somewhat...

'It Feels Like 2000 Again': Swift CEO on the Fintech Boom
October 5, 2015 Swift CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt talks about how the global messaging network is looking to stay relevant to its bank members;...

Experian, ABA Breached; 15M Consumers, 6,400 Bankers Affected
October 1, 2015 A server containing sensitive consumer information at Experian has been breached, with the records of as many as 15 million...

Pot, Bitcoin Companies Pay Steep Fees for Bank Access
April 10, 2015 Cryptocurrency companies and legal marijuana businesses now routinely pay thousands a month for access to basic banking...

Dimon: Small Banks Are Pretty Risky, Too
April 8, 2015 Mounting yet another defense of JPMorgan Chase’s size and scope, Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon pointed out the fallibility of...

British Invasion, Fintech Edition
March 23, 2015 Claire Cockerton of U.K. trade group Innovate Finance explains how technology can rehabilitate the global banking industry's...

Capital One Makes Candid Recruitment Pitch to SxSW Techies
March 16, 2015 The dress was casual. The presentations were edgy. But representatives of Capital One's innovation lab made it clear to the...

DOJ, Treasury Join Probe of Capital One's Anti-Laundering Program
February 24, 2015 Capital One has received requests for information from federal regulators about its anti-money-laundering program and check...

The Cryptocurrency that Dare Not Speak Its Name
January 26, 2015 The Fed appears to have looked at Bitcoin as a means for real-time payments in the banking system but shelved the concept for...

Discussion: Should Loan Officers Have More Skin in the Game?
December 29, 2014 Incentives for companies aren't the same as incentives for people. The QRM risk-retention rule doesn't solve "IBG, YBG" —...

Podcast
In this episode of Breaking Banks: American Banker's Innovator of the Year, John Hope Bryant of Operation Hope; Richard Brown and Charley Cooper of the blockchain consortium R3; and Ravi Srinivasan, who describes India's drastic move to stamp out cash.