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U.S. acquisitions have buoyed profits at Canada’s biggest banks, whose domestic economy is sluggish and possibly on the verge of a housing crisis. The banks are expected to pursue more M&A in the U.S. if that problem persists.

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Many lenders are still reluctant to give mortgages to borrowers with less-than-pristine credit, yet such loans are far more likely than prime jumbo loans to be bundled into collateral bonds. Sreeni Prabhu of Angel Oak Capital credits banks' behavior and higher interest rates for that reality.

The Windy City is littered with small, privately held banks, some of which are looking to sell. Here is an overview of the challenges — and possible solutions — faced by those banks and ones like them in clogged banking markets around the country.
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The large custody bank was one of the first U.S. banking firms to embrace robotic process automation. Here's why a 232-year-old institution took a pioneering stance on a new technology.

Months after advocating for a blockbuster sale of Comerica, Hudson Executive Capital has slashed its stake in the company, as chatter about a potential deal has fizzled. Still, the firm is credited with pushing the struggling regional bank to adopt a surprisingly aggressive turnaround plan.

United Bankshares in West Virginia has quietly become a $14 billion-asset player in its region thanks to the M&A strategy of its highly respected leader, Richard Adams, who has a way of establishing a rapport with community bank chiefs. One recent seller is a repeat customer.

The latest lending figures show just how prodigious banks' shift from construction to C&I loans has been since the crisis. Yet a hard look at C&I credits, especially their loss rates, raises questions about whether they are safer.

Artificial intelligence has gotten good enough to do some of the more mundane tasks people perform at banks every day. Whether the trend will kill certain job categories entirely or make a lot of dull work more interesting, or both, is an open debate.
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Banks in cities such as Seattle and New York are getting creative with branching, adding some that are smaller than modest apartments.

U.S. Bancorp is the latest big bank to offer an overdraft-free account. Skeptics are questioning how many Americans are benefiting from these products, and want banks to do more to market them.

The first commercial mortgage-backed security to comply with "skin in the game" requirements was extremely well received. Market participants credit the way the large banks sponsoring the deal retained the risk – a strategy unavailable to nonbank lenders.

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