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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A Look Ahead: Top 10 Predictions for Cards and Payments in 2020

With all the activity in the cards and payments space in 2019, 2020 promises to be even more interesting. The last 12 months saw several new fintech market entrants and digital commerce frameworks, continued expansion of the real-time payments infrastructure, investment in open-banking capabilities and heavy M&A by large incumbents. This made 2019 something of […]

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Playful Brands Are Redefining ‘Customer Trust’ in the Digital Age

Banks called Atom, N26, Bunq and Monzo. Insurers named Lemonade and Oscar.  In their efforts to distinguish themselves from longtime industry stalwarts, new entrants into the fields of banking and insurance are choosing playful, whimsical names that make no reference to the space they’re trying to disrupt. Previous nomenclature in these business spaces has revolved […]

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The Automation Maturity Curve: Making the Leap from RPA to Cognitive Solutions (Part 4 of a series)

Authors’ note: This is the fourth of a four-part series, in which we discuss the ways banks are adopting robotic process automation (RPA). In this installment, we explore what banks should be thinking about when moving from proof of concept-based, siloed, task-level automation to overall operations transformation and how platform vendors are working to support […]

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