Deep Dive

Industry insights from our journalists

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    How deep of a banking threat is Walmart’s One?

    The retailer has scale, brand recognition and a pedigree in an ex-Marcus CEO. The proof may come when the company turns its beta test loose on customers.

    Anna Hrushka • Nov. 16, 2022
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    Banking-as-a-service grows as regulators play catch-up

    The BaaS space is expected to reach $74.55 billion by 2030, and has emerged as an enticing revenue stream for community banks. Meanwhile, the OCC has hinted more regulation is forthcoming.

    Anna Hrushka • Oct. 25, 2022
  • How automation can help banks tame the home-lending ‘roller coaster’

    The cyclical nature of the market doesn’t mean lenders should be forced to respond with mass hiring or firing as demand for mortgages ebbs and flows, analysts say.

    Anna Hrushka • Aug. 26, 2022
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    FedNow chases real-time payments front-runners

    The Federal Reserve plans to unleash a U.S. real-time payments system next year in the form of FedNow, but it’s an open question as to whether, or how, consumers and businesses will adopt instant payments.

    Lynne Marek • July 18, 2022
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    Banks eye first-mover advantage to embracing the metaverse

    Banks are carving out their own spaces in the metaverse, a virtual world estimated to represent a $1 trillion market opportunity.

    Anna Hrushka • June 2, 2022
  • PPP 2 years later: Analyzing the legacy and impact of the $800B government relief program

    Lenders and banking industry experts reflect on the lessons learned from the government's small-business rescue program, and what lies ahead for its participants.

    Anna Hrushka • May 4, 2022
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    US banks brace for stricter sanctions against Russia

    The Russian banks the U.S. targeted Tuesday account for only 5% of the country's total bank assets.

    Robin Bradley • Feb. 24, 2022
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    Banks, fintechs navigate market's appetite for crypto amid pending regulatory guidance

    From Bitcoin rewards to custody services for digital assets, banks and fintechs are carving out strategies and services tied to crypto as regulators seek to catch up with guidance.

    Anna Hrushka • Nov. 22, 2021
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    5 insights on how Morgan Health aims to move the needle on employer health costs

    Morgan Health learned a lot from Haven, but is a different beast with a better knowledge of the buy-in needed to disrupt the health benefits space, CEO Dan Mendelson told Industry Dive.

    Rebecca Pifer • Oct. 7, 2021
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    Rethinking overdraft

    While many stakeholders would agree banks need to revamp the fee-based model, it remains to be seen whether change will come through legislation or the market.

    Anna Hrushka • July 12, 2021
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    Visa, Mastercard face biggest challenges in a decade

    Regulatory, legislative and court confrontations over the card networks' fees are ratcheting up pressure again for reform of the behemoths' practices.

    Lynne Marek • April 22, 2021
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    Policy questions remain as global governments explore CBDCs

    Bank Policy Institute's chief examines the impact and drawbacks of various models of digital coin as the Fed and other countries forge ahead.

    Anna Hrushka • April 19, 2021
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    In serving the Amish, Lancaster County bankers find 'make-a-difference' work

    Banking some of Pennsylvania's most conservative people means forging creative solutions around mobile banking, photo IDs, flood insurance and even picnic-table business deals.

    Anna Hrushka • March 4, 2021
  • Can banks win in the booming buy-now-pay-later space?

    While BNPL represents a relatively small niche of the payments ecosystem, banks should take note of what the growth of that silo says about the next generation of consumers, one consultant said.

    Anna Hrushka • March 2, 2021
  • What's in store for challenger banks in 2021?

    As the challenger bank market continues to attract venture capital, new users and even celebrity endorsements, how will the momentum and hype surrounding this new way to bank continue into 2021?

    Anna Hrushka • Jan. 25, 2021
  • 4 banking trends to watch in 2021

    Banking Dive expects M&A to pivot toward niches, race to be a continuing focus of ESG, and crypto to have a make-or-break year in 2021.

    Dan Ennis and Anna Hrushka • Jan. 20, 2021
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    Election 2020: What should the banking industry expect from Biden or Trump?

    Banking Dive spoke to several academics, consultants and legal experts about what may change or stay the same in the banking sector under a new Biden administration or a second Trump term.

    Anna Hrushka • Oct. 22, 2020
  • Acquisition under the radar: Credit unions resume community bank deals

    A hearing on tax exemption is long overdue, advocates say. But lawmakers are focusing on pandemic priorities. Meanwhile, a credit union may be a community bank's best hope.

    Anna Hrushka • Oct. 6, 2020
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    Banks rethink office space, branch strategy to sync with new customer, employee habits

    With 70% of bank staff working remotely and more clients using digital channels, cutting back on square footage is the new efficiency.

    Anna Hrushka • Aug. 13, 2020
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    How community banks plan to keep their new PPP customers

    Community banks participating in the PPP have pulled their weight among some of their larger competitors while showcasing flexibility, technology and personal touch during the pandemic.

    Anna Hrushka • July 9, 2020
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    De novos see silver lining amid coronavirus pandemic

    It's a difficult time to launch any business, much less a bank. But the timing comes with opportunities and challenges, industry leaders say.

    Anna Hrushka • May 11, 2020
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    Why lenders still love retail, bankruptcies and all

    Asset-based loans are a safe and popular form of financing for lenders. But for distressed retailers it can be a "trap."

    Ben Unglesbee • March 9, 2020
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    Keeping the banking desert at bay in rural America

    As big banks concentrate their branches in cities, smaller financial institutions and digital companies find ways to irrigate in abandoned markets.

    Anna Hrushka • Feb. 18, 2020
  • HSBC whistleblower says Iran sanctions could bring AML into sharper focus

    "The laws that are about to come out of this ... are going to be unreal," says a private intelligence specialist whose alerts to the CIA nearly a decade ago resulted in a record fine.

    Anna Hrushka • Jan. 21, 2020
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    In fintech partnerships, should banks' brands be out front or in background?

    Banks that stay behind the scenes risk being relegated to a commodity. But fintechs that take the lead may be looking for something more.

    Anna Hrushka • Nov. 22, 2019