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Community Bank CEO Outlook 2020: How your peers plan to grow

Community Bank CEO Outlook 2020: How your peers plan to grow

Independent Banker’s Community Bank CEO Outlook survey asked community bank leaders how they plan to grow their institutions this year. The results of this year’s survey reveal what community bankers have planned for 2020, from adopting new technology to growing deposits. By Kelly Pike, Illustrations by Edu Fuentes Ask any self-help guru, and they’ll tell […]

Are de novos making a comeback?

After the recession, de novo applications slowed to a trickle. But as successful de novos have upped the ante in raising capital, adopting innovation, hiring talent and finding their niche in the industry, that trend appears to be reversing. By Karen Epper Hoffman Walt Disney once said, “The way to get started is to quit talking […]

ICBA LIVE speaker Alison Levine on reaching your peak

Alison Levine, a general session speaker at ICBA LIVE 2020, has dedicated her life to sharing the lessons she’s learned while reaching the tallest, and often most dangerous, points on the planet. By Eric Best Near the top of Mount Everest, a single step requires at least five breaths. The desolate peak’s freezing temperatures—even in the […]

The Best Community Banks to Work For 2019

Ninety-eight percent. That’s the percentage of community bank employees who would recommend their employer to others. In a tight labor market, that number is something to shout about—so we are. Based on anonymous employee responses, our first-ever Best Community Banks to Work For awards recognize banks that have built exceptional work experiences for their employees. […]

Workplace trends you need to know

Workplaces across industries are evolving to stay competitive and attract talent despite record low unemployment and rapid technological change. How are community banks rising to the challenge? By Judith Sears Two important factors will be major influences on workplaces in 2020: technology and a tight labor market. The competitive labor market is making it imperative […]

Portfolio planning tips for 2020

What will this year bring to your bank’s portfolio? We asked the strategists at Vining Sparks about what community banks should expect in 2020 and what strategies you should consider putting in place to better your balance sheet. By Cheryl Winokur Munk As community banks head into 2020, uncertainty abounds about what the year will […]

Could AI work at your community bank?

No longer the stuff of science fiction, artificial intelligence and machine learning technology are now in use at community banks for a growing number of internal and customer-facing applications. By Karen Epper Hoffman • Illustrations by Mark Allen Miller Taking a page out of the show Black Mirror, coverage of today’s technology paints a picture […]

Libra: What it means for community banks

When the social media titan announced that it is developing its own cryptocurrency, it shook the financial industry. But what is Facebook planning? How is Libra structured differently than the thousands of previous cryptos? And what are policymakers saying about Facebook’s plan to expand into currency? By Colleen Morrison With 2.41 billion monthly active users, […]

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