The Slant


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  • July 7th, 2018 | The Slant

High Times for Deposits If Congress Fires Up Marijuana Deregulation

Bankers may finally have found common cause with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who has been a staunch critic of the banking industry.

  • June 30th, 2018 | The Slant

Has the Deregulatory Bill Already Sparked a Merger?

It didn’t come as a surprise when, on June 21, the Federal Reserve announced that all 35 of the banks that took part in this year’s Dodd-Frank Act stress test passed with flying colors.

  • June 23rd, 2018 | The Slant

Want to Improve Your Efficiency Ratio? Increase Your Revenue!

Great bankers say the efficiency ratio is like a three-legged stool, but really only two of those legs matter.

  • June 17th, 2018 | The Slant

How Three Banks Cracked The Nut on Deposit Growth

Several banks have catered to specific industries to attract and retain depositors in an increasingly competitive environment.

  • June 9th, 2018 | The Slant

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby—But Your Board Still Isn’t Diverse Enough

Your board needs to do more to add diverse directors who will enhance its effectiveness.

  • June 2nd, 2018 | The Slant

Are Fintechs More Fair in Lending? Maybe so.

There's a study that suggests automated credit scoring could be more fair than traditional scoring (which can be biased). It's unclear what regulators will think, though.

  • May 26th, 2018 | The Slant

Buckle up: Dodd-Frank Reforms Are Only The Beginning

It's not a repeal of the landmark 2010 reform package, but it is a welcomed bit of relief for midsize banks around the country.

  • May 19th, 2018 | The Slant

Take Your Bank Public Your Own Way

Business First Bankshares went an unconventional route to listing its shares on the Nasdaq exchange, and some banks could follow that model. It just depends what you want in the deal.

  • November 24th, 2018 | The Slant

Four Books to Make You a Better Director

Reading and lifelong learning are habits that form the foundation of countless leaders’ success. This is as true in the C-suite as it is in the boardroom.