Bonnie McGeer is the executive editor of American Banker. She oversees its monthly magazine, along with annual projects such as the Survey of Bank Reputations, Best Banks to Work For and Big Ideas in Banking. She also chairs the Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance program.
An episode of "Oprah" changed how this North Dakota bank thinks about corporate giving. But the way it distributes donations is not the only thing that sets it apart. Call Michael Solberg crazy if you want, but he says the results validate Bell's philosophy of generosity.
A spike in income volatility has some banks working on ways to help people cope, and now the fintech think tank Y Combinator Research is planning to test a possible solution, albiet a controversial one. Have you heard of "universal basic income" yet? You probably will.
As you'll see from this list, regional banks are doing a better job bolstering their reputations than the big banks are, according to the 2017 American Banker/Reputation Institute Survey of Bank Reputations.