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    Digital banks, credit unions should factor into merger reviews: Fed’s Bowman

    Potential combinations should hinge on risk analysis, not deposit market share, in an update to 1995 guidelines, the central bank governor said Wednesday.

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    SEC, CFTC fine 11 banks $1.8B in record-keeping probe

    Bank of America took the heaviest combined penalty, at $225 million, over the use of unapproved platforms for business communications. Citi, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and four others were fined $200 million.

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    CFPB fines Regions $191M on overdraft practices

    The bureau demanded Regions pay $141 million in redress to customers and a $50 million penalty over “authorized-positive” fees the bank charged related to the order in which it posted transactions.

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    JPMorgan’s UK retail bank hits 1M customers, aims to double staff by 2024

    JPMorgan said it plans to introduce new features and enhancements to the current Chase U.K. account, including new savings options and lending products, such as a Chase credit card.

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    Celsius CEO, FTX US president resign

    Mashinsky’s departure comes amid bankruptcy proceedings his company initiated in July. Harrison’s resignation comes one day after FTX US won the bid to buy Voyager Digital’s assets for $1.4 billion.

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    NJ’s Provident, Lakeland to merge in $1.3B deal

    The transaction, set to close in the second quarter of 2023, aims to give the Garden State a “super-community bank” at the $25 billion-asset level, filling a gap that opened when Citizens acquired Investors Bancorp.

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    PNC buys restaurant point-of-sale firm Linga

    The Pittsburgh-based bank is boosting its payments footprint as banks from Banc of California to JPMorgan Chase are making similar large investments.

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    FTX wins bid to buy Voyager’s assets for $1.42B

    The deal comes two months after the crypto brokerage accused FTX’s billionaire owner of trying to subvert its bankruptcy process by offering early liquidity to Voyager customers.

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    Varo’s tech unit looks to speed development, find efficiencies

    The neobank aims to diversify its offerings in payments and lending, but there are unresolved questions about the company’s path to profitability.

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    Deutsche Bank settles for $26.3M over Jeffrey Epstein, Russian oligarch ties

    The 2020 suit claimed that bank executives and management routinely overruled compliance staff to continue working with the high-risk and ultra-rich, like Russian oligarchs and people associated with Mexican drug cartels.

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    Banc of California acquires Deepstack in payment processing play

    The acquisition gives the bank access to predictable fee income and enables it to capture a larger share of revenue per transaction, Banc of California said.

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    Bank CEOs defend Zelle in Senate hearing

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, called the peer-to-peer payments network “unsafe,” claiming Zelle users were defrauded out of $500 million last year.

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    Citi proposes UK retail exit

    The move wouldn’t materially affect the bank. Citi has one U.K. retail branch and intends to ask qualifying clients to use the bank’s private banking services.

  • NYC official urges BlackRock to clear up ‘alarming’ ESG ambiguity

    The city's comptroller asked the asset manager to publish a plan that clarifies its net-zero emissions pledge, including concrete steps and a timeline. BlackRock’s ESG stance has also drawn fire from fossil-fuel advocates.

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    Republicans grill bank CEOs on handling of new merchant gun code

    GOP lawmakers, during a wide-ranging hearing Wednesday, demanded the CEOs of the nation’s top banks share how they plan to respond to a new category code for gun and ammunition retailers.

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    Citi sets LGBTQ+ representation goal among renewed diversity push

    The bank also aims for women to fill 43.5% of its roles from assistant vice president to managing director by 2025, along with higher targets for Black and Latinx representation, Citi said this week.

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    Kraken CEO Jesse Powell steps aside, as COO takes the reins

    The crypto exchange’s top executive raised ire over a culture document that addressed preferred pronouns, diversity-focused hiring and abortion. He told Fortune he had “grown tired of long hours and day-to-day management tasks.”

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    PNC gears up for Round 3 in USAA patent dispute

    Lawyers for PNC asked a judge for a new trial in a $218 million case days after a jury found the bank should pay USAA another $4.3 million in a related matter.

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    Chicago mayoral candidate proposes public bank

    The bank would start with $500 million in assets, with half coming from the city’s “cash on hand.” The rest could come from federal stimulus funds, or the Illinois General Assembly could be asked to “match funds.”

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    Goldman grows where it can — but may have just started its cull

    The bank leans into an expansion in transaction banking and a new card partnership while cutting at least 25 bankers in Asia.

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    Morgan Stanley fined $35M by SEC over improper data disposal

    The bank hired a company with no data-destruction experience to decommission hard drives and servers, which were sold to a third party and auctioned with some unencrypted customer data intact, the regulator found.

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    M&T-People’s United conversion issues draw AG scrutiny

    Some customers have been unable to access online banking following M&T’s conversion of People’s United accounts over the Labor Day weekend, Connecticut's attorney general wrote last week in a letter.

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    Did a $94M Wells Fargo settlement get lost in saturation?

    Maybe observers can only digest one eight- or nine-figure judgment in a single news cycle. Or maybe the bank wants to enter fiscal 2023 with a cleaner slate.

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    OCC frees Capital One from consent order tied to 2019 breach

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency determined the bank had reached a level of “safety and soundness” no longer requiring extra oversight regarding a leak of 106 million customers’ data.

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    Biden administration releases digital asset regulation framework

    The Biden administration wants the SEC and the CFTC to “aggressively pursue investigations and enforcement actions against unlawful practices in the digital assets space.”