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Creatively repurposed bank buildings

By Matt

Last week nostalgia swept over me as I stepped inside an architectural masterpiece. An elegant survivor from banking’s bygone era of marble and polished brass, the entire building suggested strength, security, and longevity, all needful symbols for the early 20th century when people weren’t too sure about their banks. I pulled open the massive double doors suspended [...]

FinTech lending on the rise

By Matt

There was a time when applying for a loan meant sitting on a hard, wooden chair across the desk from a stern-faced banker, nervously clutching your derby, kneading the brim with your fists, and trying to look like a good risk. Not much has changed except for, well, all of the above. You can apply [...]

In 2019, I predict …

By Matt

At the oustet of every year, pundits, experts—and let’s not forget charlatans—roll out their predictions. It’s a relatively safe endeavor, since not many people bother following up a year later to see how they fared. That may be an indication that people view predictions as entertainment more than as actionable items. In the case of [...]

Digital banking wins,
but don’t close
branches yet

By Matt

Click here or below to read my newest article published by The Financial Brand.

Are branches obsolescent?

By Matt

TRUE STORY: A local business owner recently pulled up to an ATM only to be greeted by an out-of-order sign. Cursing his luck, he was about to speed off in search of another ATM when at the last minute a solution occurred to him. On other side of the wall holding up the ATM was a [...]