December, 2021

Winning the last mile of cloud transformation


As banks turn to the cloud to transform their operations and catalyze growth, many are still searching for silver linings. Our multi-sector survey, Modern Cloud Champions, found that 65% of banks are not capturing the full value they expect from the cloud.

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Rebeca Romero Rainey: The spirit of innovation

Independent Banker

Photo by Robert Severi. A spirit of innovation and can-do attitude will serve you well this year, helping you remain ahead of the curve and address issues that arise. Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.”


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Fintech Deals to Watch: Growing in the Digital World


Hot embers continue to glow in the fintech market that GonzoBanker mothership Cornerstone Advisors serves. According to CB Insights, US fintechs raised $14.6B in the most recent quarter. While that’s lower than the prior quarter, it’s up 121% for the year.

Bitcoin in El Salvador Part 1 First the Rest then the West

Daily Fintech

El Salvador is getting a lot of attention for a little known country whose GDP in 2020 was only $24.64 bn (0.02% of the world economy).

How to Choose the Best Automated Documentation System for Commercial Loans

Not all automated loan doc prep solutions are created equal. That is why we have put together a checklist to help you evaluate potential partners and find the best-automated documentation system for your requirements and needs.

FinCEN announces $8 Million BSA Enforcement Action: The Resurrection of AML Penalties


AML Penalties Are Back and Stronger Than Ever FinCEN is enforcing actions for BSA violations and failure to maintain effective AML programs. Would you like other articles like this in your inbox? Takeaway 1 Reprieve is over, FinCEN is announcing penalties and enforcing action for BSA violations. .

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What’s next after 10 years of banking disruption?


After a decade of disruption, what has changed for commercial banks?? The digital economy has taken off around much of the world over the past 10 years, and the banking sector has been feeling the impact of this transformation and attempting to keep up with it.

New Era of Consumer Engagement by Mladen Vladic

Independent Banker



Evaluating New Tech Investments – Let the Purpose Define Your Strategy

Strategically Speaking

Investments in financial technology have been increasing for years, but the events of the last 18 months have created a new sense of urgency for community banks and credit unions to fine-tune their digital strategies across the spectrum of various fintech investments.

Stablecoin News for the week ending Wednesday 8th December.

Daily Fintech

Brave, smart or lucky? Here is our pick of the 3 most important Stablecoin news stories during the week. Last week we saw further reflection on the appropriate role of regulators. When do they jump in and how? Tether, Circle, Dai are all private sector issued stablecoins. Are they safe?

Digitally Transforming the Engagement Experience for Financial Institutions

Customer experience has become a key differentiator. Learn how to launch your digital transformation by incorporating two customer experience trends into your digital transformation strategy: self-service & personalization.

How to Establish Quality Fintech Partnerships


Components of an effective fintech partnership If leveraging new technology is a priority for your FI, ensure these three elements are present for an effective fintech partnership. . Learn top best practices for leading a successful software implementation. DOWNLOAD WHITEPAPER .

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Light a Match

SWBC's LenderHub

“ When you can’t borrow another buck from the bank or buy another case of booze, you bust the joint out. You light a match.” – Henry Hill – Goodfellas.

Innovation with techquisition: Getting it right


The fintech revolution is here: Over $34 billion of venture-capital funding went to fintechs in the second quarter of 2021.

Community Bank CEO Outlook 2022: Your priorities for the new year

Independent Banker

Illustration By blindSALIDA. If 2020 was the year no one expected, 2021 was a year of resetting expectations. Between a smoldering pandemic, the divisive political landscape and strong, albeit uneven, growth, there was a lot to account for in 2021, and some uncertainty remains.

Digital Commercial Lending Technology Case Study: Increasing Loan Volume and ROI

In this Commercial Lending Case Study, you'll discover how to leverage digital lending technologies to accelerate growth and leapfrog the competition in the private lending market. A new and innovative approach to mortgage lending — growing lending volume by orders of magnitude.

How Use of Multiple CECL Models can Reduce Dependence on Large Q-Factor Adjustments

Strategically Speaking

As we continue marching towards final adoption of FASB’s ASC-326 (a.k.a., Current Expected Credit Loss, or CECL for short) in January 2023, community banks and credit unions are fully engaged.

What’s ahead in 2022 for cryptocurrencies?

Daily Fintech

This year the ultra-rich got even richer. Elon Musk saw his fortune grow by $194 billion during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by Jeff Bezos who saw his fortune increase by $85 billion. The world’s economic powers made the rich even richer, and the poor even poorer.

Staffing Assessments: Why Financial Institutions Should Prepare for 2022 Staffing Needs Now


Prepare for Future Staffing Needs Now As we transition to 2022, now is the perfect time to analyze current staffing levels at your financial institution. . Would you like other articles like this in your inbox?

Market Commentary: Week of December 20, 2021

SWBC's LenderHub

Last Week. Last week was mostly about the Fed’s FOMC December meeting, until it was not! The week started with November PPI coming in red-hot. The narrative was set for a more hawkish Fed in 2022 as the realization set in that inflation was not transitory and stronger medicine was needed.

The Non-QM Market Experiences a Remarkable Comeback: Check Out the Industry Guide

As the commercial lending market evolves, non-QM loans are becoming increasingly popular. Check out this eBook for a detailed look at the benefits of non-QM loans, how to maneuver your way through, and what the future may bring.

How can banks support small business recovery??


The small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) landscape has been significantly altered over the last two years. Many businesses struggled, others adapted and innovated, and many new SMEs were born during the pandemic.

Robert Fisher: The nimbleness of community bankers

Independent Banker

Photo by Heather Esposito. Let’s rediscover what it means to be community bankers. Let’s exercise our nimble natures to exceed customer expectations. Because as community bankers, it’s what we do. Nimble. That just may be community bankers’ word of the year.

Striking a Balance: Fraud Prevention Versus User Experience in Digital Applications

Strategically Speaking

When it comes to signing up for a new Netflix account, customers can go from first click to watching movies in minutes. This means that when they open a new account at your bank or credit union, they aren’t thinking about the complex security measures that go into protecting their funds.

What is a Bitcoin worth?


Thomas Belsham. The price of Bitcoin is currently around $57,000 (see Chart 1 ). But what is the price of Bitcoin based on? It’s just a bunch of code that exists only in cyberspace. It’s not backed by the state. There’s no recourse to a central authority.

A Comprehensive Guide to Construction Loan Issues for the Commercial Loan Market

Understand how to mitigate risk & protect the interest of all parties with this exclusive, must-have guide outlining important issues for commercial construction lending & best practices.

FFIEC BSA Exam Manual Updates: How Do They Affect Your Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Program?


New updates to the FFIEC BSA Exam Manual The December 2022 release is the latest since revisions began in 2020 as the council attempts to clarify and achieve transparency. Would you like other articles like this in your inbox?

Market Commentary: Week of December 13, 2021

SWBC's LenderHub

Last Week. Equity markets decided to look at the glass as half full, last week—keying in on initial reports that the Omicron Covid variant might be very contagious but not as lethal as Delta—and got their rally on.

For success, neobanks need to know their “why”


If you believe the hype, neobanks are disrupting every corner of the financial services market. The biggest players are signing up tens of millions of customers, with some of them experiencing 150% year-on-year growth in their customer base, according to Accenture research.

Lindsay LaNore: Revisiting recruitment

Independent Banker

Photo by laflor/iStock. By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA. There’s much talk these days about talent acquisition and retention, with the three Rs—Recruit, Retain and Reward—taking center stage. Let’s start the year by looking at Recruit.

CMBS Lending on the Rise: Uncover 10 Common Myths of Securitized Lending

CMBS Lending is an established and growing industry that is, once again, rising to the top as a significant source of permanent loan financing. Learn the truth about CMBS lending and why it might be the best financing solution.