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I have heard banks ask, “How to we use digital channels to bring traffic into the branch?” The rational is straightforward. After years of promoting self-service channels, branch foot traffic is declining – along with the sales opportunities that foot traffic represents. It’s a logical question, but the wrong question. A better question would be, […]

Jul 30th, 2015 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

Corporations have historically parked excess cash in their demand deposit accounts to take advantage of earnings credit allowances. Each month, the bank calculates the earnings allowance for a client’s accounts by applying an earnings credit rate to available balances. The earnings allowance is then used to offset the cost of cash management services. In the […]

Jul 24th, 2015 | Filed under Banking, Compliance, Corporate Banking, Risk Management

Last Wednesday I attended IBM’s analyst presentation on Transforming Banking and Financial Markets with Data. The crux of the presentation was the benefits of big data and cognitive analytics for financial markets. The return from better understanding the desires of an individual bank customer are well understood and IBM did a good job of illustrating […]

Jul 21st, 2015 | Filed under Banking

As industry analysts, we often comment on the impact emerging technologies and innovations have on our clients’ business. How can a financial institution become more “digital?” Will Apple Pay be successful and how quickly? How can a bank deploy data analysis tools to its advantage? These are questions we and our clients are dealing with […]

Jul 10th, 2015 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

Dave Birch over at Consult Hyperion wrote a very interesting article today around the need to better name the stream of new non-traditional banking entrants. Have a read here. This is something we’ve talked about with Clients in a similar way, but in the context of traditional banks. When you run a brain storming sessions, […]

Jul 10th, 2015 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking

Corporate treasury departments initiate and approve millions of dollars in high-value payments on a daily basis. As an example, in May 2015 the average amount of a US Fedwire transfer was $5.7 million. Because of the dollar value of these transactions, banks were early adopters of enhanced authentication for corporate online banking applications. Many banks […]

Jun 30th, 2015 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking

Mining data to create better products and cross-sell opportunities is a perennial topic of conversation with banks. We’re often asked who does it well – in fact, I was asked this just last week. And the answer is…not many, frankly. More the exception than the norm. Some other industries who have recognised this however have […]

Jun 29th, 2015 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking

I’m just back from a very interesting week in London at the Marketforce-sponsored “The Future of Digital Banking” forum.  I served as Chairman for Day 1 of the two-day conference and had a front-row view of the proceedings. The theme of the conference was that customer-centricity and innovation need to be the guideposts to a bank’s transformation […]

Jun 26th, 2015 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

Yesterday saw very interesting news coming out of Europe regarding a joint venture between 6 European ACHs.  To understand why many of us have sat up and taken VERY close interest in the announcement, we need to review some recent history first. Much of this will be covered in more detail in a forthcoming report […]

Jun 26th, 2015 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking

From a brief scan of the morning headlines comes news of an IT glitch at the Royal Bank of Scotland. RBS Help announced via its Twitter account at 5:45 AM London time yesterday that “some customer payment are missing this morning — we are investigating this issue as a matter of urgency,” and further advised that affected […]

Jun 18th, 2015 | Filed under Banking, Events, Retail Banking