How to handle hot deposits, when to be more forgiving of delinquent customers, why health care reform could yield new opportunities, what the heck is a transaction genome, and other things for bankers to think about in the new year.
His methods differ from Occupy Wall Street, but his aim is the same: level the playing field within the U.S. financial system. Why bank analyst Mike Mayo may just be the most determined market idealist on Wall Street.
In an industry in need of new sources of revenue, some banks have built insurance brokerage operations that account for 40% or more of their total noninterest income. Most banks have not followed, however, and the business remains a minor sideline nationally.
Wall Street analysts failed to anticipate the severity of the collapse in bank earnings in 2008 and 2009, and then underestimated the strength of the rebound last year. For what its worth, forecasts in late 2011 registered the most skepticism over the two-year outlook in more than four years.
The past year was a mixed bag for bankers. Some found success in picking up market share, or in finally putting federal bailouts into rear view. Others encountered fresh challenges, from run-ins with regulators to the realities of a still-fragile economic recovery. With the new year sure to bring its own mix of achievements, redemption stories and trouble spots, the editors of American Banker offer 10 bank CEOs worth watching in 2012. (A gallery of the 2012 Bankers to Watch can be found here.)
What's Next for Energy Lenders? Lots of 'Wound-Licking'
Expect banks to pull back on energy lending in the near term, as regulators step up their scrutiny of oil loans and bankers approach the business with a "different attitude," says Mariner Kemper, chairman and chief executive at UMB Financial in Kansas City, Mo.
What Bankers Want (and Don't Want) from President Trump
Optimism is running high in banking after the presidential election, as many bankers see Donald Trump's promises to lower corporate taxes and weaken regulations as potential boons for the economy and their bottom lines. Others, though, doubt Trump would push through or even endorse meaningful regulatory reform and are wary of his protectionist rhetoric. Here's what some bankers have to say to the president-elect.
It's the time of year to give thanks, and for bankers some things to be grateful for include rising stock prices, a brightening M&A outlook and, most notably, the potential for regulatory relief under President-elect Donald Trump. Here is a list of developments the industry might be celebrating this Thanksgiving holiday.
Bankers are anxiously waiting to see who President-elect Donald Trump will pick as the next Treasury secretary. Several prominent names have been floated for the job, though with every passing day, a new possible choice seems to pop up. Following is a look at the current crop of candidates and their chances.
Mobile phones are only going to become a bigger part of how banks interact with their customers, so several institutions are looking to enhance that experience. They are focusing on better ways of opening accounts, verifying identities, interacting with customers and offering new services and features. Here are some of the improvements announced this year.
This year federal and state regulators have started to pay closer attention to the rapidly evolving online-lending sector particularly online small-business lending. What follows is a look at eight key players in the debate over how to regulate this emerging industry.