A fund for diverse tech companies

First National Bank and Black Tech Nation Ventures teamed up to support minority-owned startups in the Pittsburgh community and beyond.

The resurgence of de novos

As the number of financial institutions have dropped, the number of de novos has started to rise. The founders of three startup banks discuss the importance of community banks to the country as mission-driven organizations.

Banker Q&A

Q&A: Investment advisory and brokerage

Many community banks don’t offer their customers investment advice or brokerage services but contracting with a third party could bring opportunities to deepen relationships with existing customers.

Will the dollar go digital? What you need to know

The private sector has had its hands in the world of cryptocurrencies for years, but the country’s central banks have held off—until now. While far from a certainty, here’s what you need to know about the development of a central bank digital dollar.

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Make sure your portfolio can navigate uncertainty

Expect the unexpected. It’s a saying that proved especially true this year, given the months of uncertainty 2020 threw at the banking industry. However, with the proper planning, community banks can make the most out of an unexpected year.

Meet ICBA’s 2019/20 executive committee

ICBA’s 2019/20 executive committee members talk about their to-do lists for the year, why they love their jobs and why they choose to spend their precious free time fighting for the community banking cause.

What we can learn from Sears’ failure

To stay relevant, community banks must align their profit and risk goals with customer preferences—something the former retail behemoth didn’t do. Interest rate swaps are one strategy that can help achieve this.

10 questions with the OCC’s Joseph Otting

In the first of a two-article series, we ask Joseph Otting, comptroller of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, for his views on the national bank charter, bank consolidation and whether the big banks are too big.

Trailblazer: Natalie Bartholomew

Natalie Bartholomew is committed to empowering women to become community bankers and work their way up the corporate ladder. As the blogger behind The Girl Banker, the chief administrative officer of Grand Savings Bank highlights the stories of her industry peers and sheds light on the lessons she’s learned in her own career.