House lawmakers go light on BB&T-SunTrust merger
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., right, and Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.
The deal cleared another key hurdle as Financial Services Committee members showed little interest in slowing the formation of Truist Financial.

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Santander Bank names longtime MUFG Union executive its CEO
Tim Wennes CEO at Santander Bank
The hiring of Tim Wennes was one a series of leadership changes announced Wednesday by the holding company for the bank and the auto lender Santander Consumer.

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The fintechs trying to solve America's retirement problem
Rhian Horgan, CEO, Kindur
Kindur and Finhabits are trying to create retirement plans for people who lack them. Are banks missing an opportunity?

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What the big banks left out when they slammed Fed over real-time payments
The CEO of a big-bank lobbying group recently said that the central bank may be on the verge of pulling a bait and switch on faster payments. But his comments glossed over a lot of the relevant history.

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CFPB ending special treatment for Fannie, Freddie in mortgage rule
CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger
The agency's director said it will let a temporary GSE exemption from the "qualified mortgage" regulation expire.

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Democrats try to force Fed's hand on faster payments
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Lawmakers including presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren have introduced a bill that would put the Federal Reserve in charge of creating its own real-time payments network.

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Regions' big investment in digital is paying off
Tech investment plans for 2019 at Regions Financial
The Alabama bank, which is spending hundreds of millions on technology, says the ability to make faster credit decisions is one reason digital metrics such as checking account openings are soaring.

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A regional bank chief's case for the long view
revenue and noninterest expense at Citizens Financial
Weighing in on interest rate and other uncertainties facing all banks, Citizens Financial CEO Bruce Van Saun emphasized investments in point of sale, digital banking and other initiatives meant to enhance revenue down the road.

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Inside BB&T-SunTrust's community reinvestment plan
Will the new commitment, which is 5% over what the banks have reinvested recently on their own, assuage advocacy groups' concerns about the merger?

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Regional banks use hedging tactics to combat rate cuts
Don Kimble of Key Bank, left, and Greg Carmichael of Fifth Third.
KeyCorp, Regions Financial and others have sacrificed short-term profits to avoid being crushed by an anticipated decline in interest rates.

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