Only North Dakota has its own state-owned bank, but policymakers in other states say more public banks are necessary to fully meet society's needs. Among those who proponents say would benefit the most: small-business owners and legal marijuana suppliers and distributors.
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.
Weakness in the energy sector and a surge in new construction are pushing up vacancy rates at offices and hotels, leading to a spike in delinquencies on loans tied to them. The safer bet, bankers say, is lending on industrial properties.
Voters in Florida, North Dakota, Montana and Arkansas approved medical marijuana measures on Tuesday, while their counterparts in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational pot initiatives.
Sometimes the very challenges millennials introduce whether it is seeking more benefits, demanding flexible schedules or asking for frequent feedback on performance can turn banks into better places to work for employees of all ages.