M&A Annual Report

The FinTech 100
FIS and Tata once again top the annual FinTech 100 list of vendors, ranked by revenue; IBM and Hewlett-Packard lead the pack of tech companies serving multiple industries; and Bionym and Silver Tail are among the 10 Tech Companies to Watch.

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.

Big Bank Breakups and Tech Disruptions: Predicting the Future of Reform
What will the next big legislation look like? We asked academics, analysts and former top regulators to weigh in.

Bank M&A Fees Have Skyrocketed in the Past Decade
The rates commercial bankers pay for M&A advice were on the rise long before investment banks began to consolidate. Their future direction depends on the pace of bank deals.

Countdown 2013
A look at the stories shaping up in the year ahead and the most important news from 2012.

Best in Banking 2012
This year's honorees included Huntington CEO Stephen Steinour (Banker of the Year); Square's Jack Dorsey (Innovator of the Year) and Barney Frank (Lifetime Achievement).

Women in Banking
American Banker Magazine's annual Most Powerful Women in Banking issue. HSBC's Irene Dorner tops the main list — find out who leads the Women in Finance and Women to Watch lists.

FinTech 100
American Banker and Bank Technology News' annual ranking of the top technology providers to financial services companies worldwide.

Five Perilous Mistakes Small Banks Must Avoid
Risk can yield reward. But taking on extra risk can ruin a bank, too. And small banks have a razor-thin margin of error, relative to big institutions, because of a dearth of fee businesses and challenges raising capital.

Election-Year Gridlock Worsens M&A Angst for Bankers
Obama vs. Romney, the fiscal cliff in Washington and other political fights add to uncertainty bankers already feel about the economy. It has been harder than ever for bankers to decide whether to sell their banks, pull the trigger on acquisitions or wait till next year — and that dilemma will continue for months.

Banks and Square Pin Down a Strategy for Pinterest
Pinterest, the photo-clipping social network, may be the next step for banks and payment companies seeking to add a visual kick to their mobile, tablet and online marketing strategies.

Simple Mobile Rewards Are Hard Work, Shopkick Learns
The problem with building a smartphone-based rewards system is that retailers unintentionally jam the signal. It's not a metaphorical problem.

Looking Beyond Credit Scores: FICO's New CEO Tries to Restart Growth
William Lansing, who abruptly took over FICO in January, is trying to move the company beyond its embattled credit-score business.

There Isn't Enough Room in Banking for All These Superregionals
They get better PR than the megabanks, they can outmuscle small banks, yet the ranks of major regionals are poised to dwindle.

Women in Banking

Find out how to be recognized as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking, 25 Women to Watch, 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance or Top Teams in Banking. Application deadline is May 30.

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