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  • August 10th, 2019 | The Slant

A Smoldering Pile of Documents

Normally, Legend Bank tries to ascertain the character of its borrowers. Now, the bank is proving its own character to the tiny Texas town that served as ground zero for the first bank failure in 18 months.

  • August 3rd, 2019 | The Slant

Infinite Demand

As a general rule, a bank does the same thing that any other business does: It buys products at a lower price and sells them at a higher price.

  • July 27th, 2019 | The Slant

Keeping the Best Board Talent

Should bank boards put a stop to mandatory retirement ages?

  • July 20th, 2019 | The Slant

Banking’s Paradox

Warren Buffett once wrote that the “banking business is no favorite” of his — yet as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, he is one of the largest investors in four of the nation’s five biggest banks.

  • July 13th, 2019 | The Slant

The Dark Side of Success

Organizations that achieve success without a clear direction are destined to find it short-lived.

  • July 6th, 2019 | The Slant

Fighting Fraud and Saving Money

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been looking into technology companies that are partnering effectively with banks.

  • June 29th, 2019 | The Slant

An Unconventional (But Profitable) Strategy

If you rank the 51 banks on the KBW Regional Banking Index by valuation, First Financial Bankshares towers over the rest.

  • June 22nd, 2019 | The Slant

When Credit Culture Matters Most

If P. Henry Mueller were alive today, he would probably tell bankers to be careful.

  • June 15th, 2019 | The Slant

Why This FDIC Rule Needs to Change

Regulators are looking to fix a problem of their own making: the national deposit rate cap.

  • June 8th, 2019 | The Slant

The Wisdom of John D. Rockefeller

In 1860, one year after oil was discovered in Pennsylvania, John D. Rockefeller invested $700—his life savings—in the oil business.

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