Grateful Act of Congress

Posted by on November 20, 2017 at 10:29 pm

THE FOURTH THURSDAY of November is a legal holiday in the United States. Designated as a national day of thanks, it is named, appropriately enough, Thanksgiving. Observing Thanksgiving in autumn has been around since the early 17th century. An act of Congress signed on October 6, 1941 established it as a legal holiday and designated [...]

The “War on Cash”
(A Report from the Front)

Posted by on November 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm

DON’T THROW AWAY your cash just yet. If the International Currency Association (ICA) has its way, cash will never be found on the abandoned products pile next to the likes of eight-track tapes, dot matrix printers, and 16 ounces of coffee for under six bucks. The ICA, which came into existence last year and sometimes [...]

DNA and the woman
behind the mag stripe

Posted by on November 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm

MOST PEOPLE COULDN’T tell you what DNA stands for (hint: deoxyribonucleic acid), much less pronounce it (dē-ˈäk … on second thought, never mind). But since its discovery in 1953, DNA has become a household initialism. It’s no wonder, then, that the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to Francis Harry Compton Crick, James [...]

Of zeroes, ones,
bricks, and mortar

Posted by on October 23, 2017 at 2:26 pm

A few weeks ago, The Financial Brand published my article, “Digital is hot, but don’t close branches yet.” It seems I’m not the only one who thinks brick and mortar still provide value. “Branches still matter a lot,” says Chase CFO Marianne Lake Dimon, quoted in a recent Bank Innovation article by Philip Ryan, senior editor. [...]

Besides Cookie Month,
it’s Cyber Security Awareness Month

Posted by on October 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm

I AM REMISS. I allowed September to come and go without wishing anyone a happy Chicken Month. As long as I’m catching up, and despite my failure to send out greeting cards, I also hope you had a great Oatmeal Month in January and a happy Pig Day in March. And then there was International Beer [...]