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Why blockchain still has potential for banks

Why blockchain still has potential for banks

Many financial institutions are looking to blockchain, the still-novel distributed ledger technology, as a means to create more efficient and less risky solutions to today’s—and tomorrow’s—challenges. By Karen Epper Hoffman It could be said that blockchain’s affiliation with cryptocurrency is both its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. But blockchain—a digital distributed ledger platform invented […]

Are your customers ready to bank by smartwatch?

Smart wearable devices have been on the rise in recent years. While only some banking functions may translate to these tiny, albeit advanced, devices, some community banks have already made the jump to the smartwatch. By Katie Kuehner-Hebert More and more people are using smartwatches for everyday tasks while on the go, but how many […]

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, […]

Wealth management services that millennials want

As millennials near 30 or even 40, they’re becoming prime targets for financial planning and wealth management services. Here’s how some community banks are offering engaging wealth management services tailored to the needs of these digital natives. By Cheryl Winokur Munk Community banks realize that they need to attract millennials to thrive. That’s a given. […]

Independent Banker’s most innovative banks of 2019

These five community banks are all making bold changes in different ways. They’re finding their own forms of pushing the envelope, whether it’s leading the charge in a new line of business or developing high-tech solutions that will benefit the entire community banking industry. What unites them is a willingness to think outside of the box. Based on nominations, here are five community banks that we think are leading the pack when it comes to innovation.

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