Wells Fargo gets tipped off by OCC on investigation; HSBC is wading back into U.S. mortgage waters; a bank uses artificial intelligence to combat money laundering; and more.
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Wells was tipped off to government probe by OCC, watchdog says
The top examiner of Wells Fargo at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency improperly revealed to the San Francisco bank the existence of a government investigation, according to the Treasury's inspector general.

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Nandita Bakhshi, President and CEO of Bank of the West (left), and Bruce Van Saun, Chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group.
Bankers aren't waiting for Amazon 'to come eat our lunch'
The online giant has succeeded in disrupting every area of retail, but in banking it faces a high barrier to entry and fierce determination from banks like Citizens Financial and Bank of the West to keep upping their games.

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Pie chart of loan segments at HSBC North America at Dec. 31, 2017
Why HSBC is getting back into mortgages
Despite past missteps in the U.S. mortgage business, the bank is giving it another go, bringing servicing in-house and catering to millennials and international clients here, says HSBC's Raman Muralidharan.

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Megabanks gird for battle over deposit pricing
With rate hikes aplenty expected this year, Wells Fargo and Bank of America are said to be subdividing key markets to target deposit pricing in the future and minimize costs. These are among several innovative steps large banks are taking to prepare for more competition for deposits.

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Sen. Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and ranking member Sen. Sherrod Brown.
5 questions as Dodd-Frank reform moves closer to becoming law
With the Senate finishing its work on a regulatory relief package, a showdown in the House still looms while critics of Dodd-Frank weigh whether this is their last shot at unwinding it.

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Bank regulators vow more flexibility in vetting fintech partnerships
Senior leaders at the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said they want examiners to be more understanding of the budding partnerships forming between banks and fintech firms.

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SAR filings from 2014 to 2017
AI as new tool in banks' crime-fighting bag?
OCBC Bank in Singapore has seen a 35% reduction in false positives in its tests of artificial intelligence-based anti-money-laundering software. Other banks could follow its lead, though there are regulatory and customer-protection questions.

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What's driving surge in sales of larger community banks
Limited organic growth opportunities and rising premiums for bigger deals are fueling more sales of banks with $1 billion to $10 billion in assets.

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Will HMDA data carve-out for small banks make discrimination easier?
Community banks and consumer advocates are clashing over a provision in the Senate banking bill on mortgage data reporting, but there's been little vetting of what the measure would actually do.

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Banks wrestle with sense of futility on sexual harassment
Scratch beneath the surface, and there is a lingering feeling among many in the banking, payments and mortgage sectors that not only is harassment present, but it may actually be inevitable. Experts say institutions need to combat that mindset — or else.

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