Digital Banker of the Year

M&A Annual Report
The future of bank M&A took clearer shape in 2013. A certain kind of deal, the merger of equals, rose to the fore and that momentum has carried into 2014. The trend coincides with a change in dealmaking styles. Buyers used to win banks in pricey, unpredictable auctions. Now they have to be friendly masters of the negotiating table, and often have to conduct patient talks over an extended period of time. It all sounds very friendly, but it's hard to do.

Wealth Management
Wealth management has reached a critical juncture. The pressure to expand and cross-sell could encourage employees to cut corners and regulators to crack down on questionable practices. All this applies to big banks, which thirst for sources of growth, and small banks, which are jumping headlong into the business and catering to the less affluent clients ignored by large banks.

The Cyber War on Banking
Over the past year, banks have been bombarded with cyberattacks of all kinds: distributed denial of service, phishing, malware, and wire transfer fraud, to name a few. Who’s attacking the banks and why? What defensive tactics are banks getting better at, and what work has yet to be done? This special report looks at how the cyberthreat landscape has changed.

Regulation & Reform
Three years after passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, many bankers are still anxious as they wait for some rules to be written and others to be implemented. Yet a new set of regulatory and legislative challenges looms. At American Banker's Regulatory Symposium, bankers, regulators and lawmakers shared their ideas on housing finance reform, anti-money laundering requirements, the prospects and dangers of social media, and many other hot-button topics.

M&A Midyear Report
Deal activity was hottest in the Southeast and Midwest, Stifel and KBW moved up in the advisory rankings after combining forces and a BankThink point-counterpoint addresses the taboo subject of whether bank mergers are worth doing.

Mobile Banker of the Year
We heard it again and again from Charaka Kithulegoda and other bankers honored in our Mobile Banker of the Year package this year: simplicity and ease of use are the keys to sound mobile banking app design.

The Most Influential Women in Payments
The payments world is changing quickly as consumers gravitate toward mobile commerce, and nimble upstarts like Square shake up the establishment. Guiding this transition are 20 women in the upper echelons of banks, card networks, software companies and independent organizations. We identify the female executives whose work is directing the future of payments.

The Volatility Paradox: A Special Report on Risk Management
Quiet financial markets permit greater leverage and risk taking, helping lower volatility further — until a large shock arrives. Then, hold on to your hats… Plus: Fed raises bar on stress tests; why the exercise is an opportunity for banks.
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