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  • March 9th, 2019 | The Slant

A Different Way to Think About Decisions

Phil Green quips that he’s a “recovering CPA,” having spent almost 20 years as a chief financial officer making a series of thoughtful, strategic business decisions at one of the biggest and oldest banks in Texas.

  • March 2nd, 2019 | The Slant

An Unusual Boardroom Dynamic

There’s an unstated rule in banking that a retiring CEO shouldn’t linger on the board of directors for long after they’ve moved out of the corner office.

  • February 23rd, 2019 | The Slant

You Might Be Surprised By Your Bias

Everyone is biased—no matter their gender, age, race, nationality or religion.

  • February 16th, 2019 | The Slant

Leadership Lessons from Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick was already considered by most sports experts to be the greatest professional football head coach of all time.

  • February 9th, 2019 | The Slant

An Easy Way to Sound Smart

One commonality I’ve noticed among CEOs of top-performing banks is that many of them write informative and easy-to-read annual shareholder letters.

  • February 2nd, 2019 | The Slant

Astute Advice from Acquire or Be Acquired

Anyone who’s attended a Bank Director conference knows Tom Brown, the former perennially top-ranked bank analyst and, later, the founder and CEO of Second Curve Capital, a hedge fund focused on financial services companies.

  • January 26th, 2019 | The Slant

How Many Banks Will There Be in the Future?

In 1990, there were 15,158 banks and thrifts in the United States. But by the end of last year, only 5,477 remained—a decline of 64 percent.

  • January 19th, 2019 | The Slant

The Coming Wave of New Banks

People have been saying for years that we will soon see a wave of new banks opening for business, after de novo bank formation came to a screeching halt in the wake of the financial crisis.

  • January 12th, 2019 | The Slant

The Unanswered Question About Deposits

A lot has been written the past two years about deposit betas—a fancy term describing how deposit balances respond to changes in interest rates.

  • January 5th, 2019 | The Slant

The Dilemma Facing Bankers Right Now

There’s a new chart in M&T Bank’s conference presentation slideshow that perfectly captures the dilemma facing bankers right now.