The Paycheck Protection Program and encouraging digital innovation are top priorities for James Edwards, CEO of United Bank in Georgia. He also expects the American Bankers Association to promote diversity and regulatory reform in the next year.
The family-owned bank from the South and the New York commercial lender each would fill a clear need for the other. First Citizens would gain business lending expertise and an online deposit-gathering platform, and CIT would get the cheap deposits it coveted.
Spending is up and deferrals are down sharply, signaling that the economy has turned a corner, CEO Brian Moynihan said. The outlook stood in stark contrast to JPMorgan Chase, which set aside more funds to address potential exposure in consumer banking.