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  • 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.

  • June 1st, 2019 | The Slant

The Mortgage Banking Exodus

Mortgage banking has become an increasingly untenable line of business for a number of banks.

  • May 25th, 2019 | The Slant

A Master Class in Bad Governance

In the book, "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," author John Carreyrou recounts the epic rise and fall of Theranos, a firm that once promised to revolutionize the health care industry.

  • May 18th, 2019 | The Slant

The War on Switching Costs

There is one core competitive dynamic in the industry that technology could transform, if not eliminate entirely: switching costs.

  • May 11th, 2019 | The Slant

The Truth About Core Deposits

People in the banking industry talk about core deposits all the time, yet there is no formal definition of the term.

  • May 4th, 2019 | The Slant

A Subtle but Significant Shift

A few weeks ago, I interviewed executives from Washington Federal, the biggest bank based in Washington and one of the top-performing bank stocks of all time.

  • April 27th, 2019 | The Slant

Leadership Lessons from Jamie Dimon

Jamie Dimon knows a thing or two about leadership. And personal trials.