Editors' Picks: The Best of American Banker 2012
Cathleen Nash lays out with unusual candor the strategic thinking behind Citizens Republic's decision to sell to FirstMerit-and why she expects many more banks to face the same tough choice.
An inside account of how officials within the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency circumvented strict government ethics. It tells how they assigned David Wilson to a senior position overseeing supervision policy for all national banks, despite the fact that his wife held a senior position at Bank of America (BAC).
A look at the complex legacy of one of the banking policy world's most polarizing-and important-figures that steers clear of the usual partisanship.
A profile of how House lawmakers who received significant campaign donations from Emigrant Bank tried to pass a bill that would help it and it alone.
A look at how Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke quietly added financial stability as a third central bank priority, even as Congress continued to debate its previous dual mandate of keeping prices stable and unemployment low.
Are megabanks indispensable? No. But they are useful. That's the view espoused in this story by executives at some of the megabanks' biggest customers.
A look at how Walmart (WMT) is becoming a more formidable bank competitor with the addition of American Express's (AXP) Bluebird checking account alternative.
Year after year, Apple (APPL) fans have expected it to make a splash with an iPhone-based mobile payment system. Despite Apple's numerous let-downs, this story shows how a lot has been going on under the surface at the tech giant.
Somali nationals threaten to close accounts at U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC) unless they are allowed to wire money to suffering family members back home. This story looks at banks' claims that federal rules make it hard for them to provide such services.
A concise glimpse at the bank executive pay game. The story lays out how JPMorgan Chase's (JPM) Compensation Committee, made up of three men used to receiving outsized paychecks, decided against docking CEO Jamie Dimon's for the multi-billion dollar "London Whale" loss.
A compilation of the year's favorite stories, as selected by the people who assigned and edited them. Picks exclude items that appear among Top 10 Stories of 2012, as measured by audience size.