Amit Anand

Amit Anand is Vice President and North American Practice Leader for Cognizant Consulting’s Banking and Financial Services. Amit has 20 years of experience with firms such as Accenture, Infosys and Cognizant. He has successfully led and managed large business transformation, digital and IT transformation, and associated organizational change management for several financial services clients.

Amit is a recognized thought leader with more than 15 publications on topics such as Open Banking, Digital 2.0 and new-age operating models. He can be reached at

Don’t Give Up On the Main Street Lending Program Just Yet

By all accounts, the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program for small and medium-size businesses (SMB) has not been the type of rescue program many anticipated. Launched in April, the program did not make its first loan until July.  The Main Street program has suffered from comparison with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), even though […]

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For Banks, Supporting Small Businesses in the Pandemic Goes Well Beyond Lending

The impact of the pandemic on small businesses has spurred changes in banks’ lending practices – but the upheaval hasn’t stopped there. While the shifts underway in functions such as trade finance and mortgages are typically more nuanced, they speak to how important small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) are to banks – and how critical […]

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Is Small-Business Lending Slipping Away from Large Banks?

COVID-19 changed the stakes in small-business lending: While the top four banks provided 36% of small-business loans before the pandemic,  they disbursed a scant 3% in the first round of the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). As large banks fumbled their PPP response, fintechs and smaller lenders stepped in to fill the gap. Online […]

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Financial Institutions & COVID-19: How to Lead through the Crisis and Prepare for the Next One

The global response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and local social distancing efforts has sent massive supply- and demand-side shocks to retailers, automakers, healthcare companies, and travel and hospitality purveyors. No sector is immune. In fact, banks are already feeling the downstream impact and bracing for longer-term consequences. In our discussions with banks and diversified […]

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