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The Slant is Bank Director’s e-newsletter providing a different take on banking – offering inspirational ideas, new insights and challenging perspectives on the banking industry. Distributed weekly, the newsletter also includes content from thought leaders and industry experts published on BankDirector.com.

  • September 22nd, 2018 | The Slant

Is Small-Dollar Lending Worth a Board-level Conversation?

Banks have long avoided small-dollar lending because it made little sense from a business or regulatory standpoint, but two of the industry’s top regulators are now encouraging banks to reconsider.

  • September 15th, 2018 | The Slant

You Don’t Know Your Real Competition

If you think your bank’s greatest competitive threat is the community bank or credit union down the street, you better think again.

  • September 8th, 2018 | The Slant

Why You Need A Millenial Director Now

Is it time to appoint a millennial to your bank’s board of directors?

  • September 1st, 2018 | The Slant

Is the OCC’s Fintech Charter an Evolution or Revolution?

It certainly seemed ominous for traditional banks when at the end of July the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said it would begin issuing special purpose national bank charters to fintech companies.

  • August 25th, 2018 | The Slant

Cryptocurrency has ‘Little Intrinsic Value’ but Cryptocurrency Companies Do

Bankers have wrestled for some time trying to make sense of cryptocurrency’s true value or the level of influence it will have on markets.

  • August 18th, 2018 | The Slant

A CXO Could Be the Best Hire You Make

We may be living in a digital age, but the customer experience still matters—perhaps even more so, with consumers less frequently interacting with people, and more often with your organization’s app or website.

  • August 11th, 2018 | The Slant

What Wells Fargo’s CEO Can Learn From Jeff Bezos

A quote attributed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos seems to apply to another corporate CEO, Tim Sloan at Wells Fargo & Co. “A brand for a company is a little like a reputation for a person. You can earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”

  • August 4th, 2018 | The Slant

Where’s The Opposition to Tariffs from Banks?

By the time this hits your inbox, it’s possible something else in addition to dog leashes and baseball gloves are subject to a new tariff, based on President Donald Trump’s escalating trade battles with China and other countries.

  • July 28th, 2018 | The Slant

How ‘Woke’ Is Your Bank? Maybe It Should Be.

Can a bank be both socially driven and profitable?

  • July 21st, 2018 | The Slant

The Unintended Consequences of Getting Rid of the CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was back in the news recently when a second federal court found it to be unconstitutional due to the vast unchecked power wielded by its director.