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  • 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.

  • December 29th, 2018 | The Slant

Are You Just Paying Lip Service To Diversity?

Public companies, including banks, face great pressure to place more diverse directors on their boards.

  • December 22nd, 2018 | The Slant

Three Creative Ways Top Banks Grow Deposits

Bank Director’s new intensive research study of the banking industry’s top performers finds they have one thing in common: They think outside the box to meet their strategic goals.

  • December 15th, 2018 | The Slant

The First Death of Branch Banking

Banks must adopt and respond to trends in technology, but they needn’t overreact to the disruptive currents unfolding around them.

  • December 1st, 2018 | The Slant

Can Your Bank Handle the Truth?

A number of companies—not just banks—are challenged to attract talented young employees to their organizations.