"It sends a huge signal that no job should be closed to women in financial services," says former FDIC head Sheila Bair of Janet Yellen's ascent at the Fed.
Yellen's tenure as Fed chair could open more doors for women in the C-suite. It also sends a powerful message to younger generations: math and economics are cool.

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The CFPB's lawsuit against an Atlanta-area debt collector could open the door to litigation against banks for their role in the process of pursuing debts against consumers who do not owe anything.  more »
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The investigative story alleging weak supervision by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has sent shockwaves through the regulatory community, but whether it will lead to any change of course in policy is still an open question.  read more »
Bob Beauprez, a former community banker and Republican congressman, is challenging incumbent John Hickenlooper in Colorado's gubernatorial race. A pro-Hickenlooper group has released ads attacking Beauprez's banking ties, including the sale of his bank to First Community Bank in Taos, N.M. That bank failed in 2011.  read more »
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'New' PayPal, Split from eBay, Gains Chance to Seek New Partners
EBay's planned spinoff of PayPal, announced today, is a necessary and inevitable response to the influx of disruption coming to the payments industry from unconventional sources. As companies like Amazon.com, Apple and Wal-Mart take a growing interest in the payments market, PayPal's status as a unit of a rival e-commerce company limited its role.  read more »
Credit unions have shown that a chance to win a prize helps motivate consumers to save. However, U.S. regulations have stymied many banks from offering lottery-style savings programs, and efforts are increasing to make the necessary changes to federal and state laws.  read more »
A former employee wants the company to look at a merger of equals or selling its wealth management operations to increase shareholder value. Management, meanwhile, wants to grow in a way that diversifies income and reduces risk.  read more »
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