The keys to fighting fraud?

September 8, 2016
/   Insights

We're constantly being warned that fraud is one of the biggest threats facing the banking industry, but the true scale of this was revealed by a recent survey that suggests it could make up...

Cause and Effect: If you build it, will they come?

July 23, 2014
/   Spotlight

Many financial institutions assume that digital banking is lucrative because the most valuable customers happen to bank online. While there is certainly a correlation between online bankers and higher profitability, quantitative evidence suggests that...

Intuit 2020 Report: The Future of Financial Services

April 11, 2011
/   Insights

Today, Intuit released the latest edition of the Intuit 2020 report, Intuit 2020 Report: The Future of Financial Services, which identifies and examines four key trend areas that will  transform the financial services industry...

Fast Facts: Student Loans

January 22, 2013
/   Insights

The Financial Services Roundtable recently released another iteration of its Fast Facts, reliable, bullet-point research about issues facing the financial services industry. Topics span TARP, Dodd-Frank, insurance, lending, retirement savings and more.  Below are some updated Fast...

The Top 10 Trends in the Digital Banking Industry

December 18, 2013
/   Spotlight

2014 is rapidly approaching and as the year wraps, the Digital Insight team has pulled together the top 10 trends in the digital banking industry based on data and trends from studying financial institutions....

Making Banking Fun: Gamification in Financial Services

August 5, 2013
/   Insights

Recently, the team sat in on American Banker’s webinar, “Gamification in Financial Services: Five Proven Ways to Get an Edge,” which shared how leading brands in financial services have applied gamification to reach...

Technology M&As: The Beats Go On

May 29, 2014
/   Insights

The ongoing fascination with Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics is entirely understandable, because it’s a cool story. However, it also says a lot about what’s going on between finance and tech.

What We’re Reading

May 5, 2011
/   Spotlight

Below are interesting stories the staff has been reading over the past week. What have you been reading? Let us know in the comments section below. Virtual Banking Worlds Provide Tangible Lessons American...

Small Business: Perception vs. Reality

November 21, 2012
/   Insights

In the most recent election cycle, like most others before it, the one sector of the economy that got the most attention was small business.  This is the future, we were told by every...

What We’re Reading: Thanksgiving Edition

November 22, 2012
/   Spotlight

Below are interesting stories the staff has been reading over the past week. What have you been reading? Let us know in the comments section below or Tweet @bankingdotcom. Mobile Thursday? Plans for Thanksgiving...

Below are interesting stories the staff has been reading over the past week. What have you been reading? Let us know in the comments section below or Tweet @bankingdotcom.


  • Value-add mobile features offer potential revenue play

ABA Banking Journal

Retail banks can realize the full potential of mobile banking by offering segmented consumer experiences and advanced digital wallet capabilities, according to a study by Cognizant and Monitise. This, the study states, represents a new opportunity for retail banks to drive customer loyalty, attract new business, and generate more revenue. Tablets have emerged as a unique and valued user interface with 41% of survey respondents wanting to use tablets compared with smart phones, and 60% of tablet owners preferring a tablet for mobile banking. Feature personalization like rearranging tabs and functions is also important to more than 75% of the consumers surveyed. Offering this flexibility can give banks a competitive edge and help retain customers.

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  • Whither wallets?

ABA Banking Journal

ComScore’s study earlier this year painted a pretty dismal portrait of the digital wallet future. This company specializes in measuring consumer awareness of all things digital and when it queried a lot of people about digital wallets in particular, it found that only 51% of U.S. consumers had any understanding about what digital wallets are about, with the exception of PayPal. “Digital wallets represent an innovative technology that has not yet reached critical mass among consumers due to a variety of factors, including low awareness and a muddled understanding of their benefits,” says Andrea Jacobs, payments practice leader at comScore. Again, with the exception of PayPal-of which 72% of respondents were aware and 48% of respondents had actually used-only 12% of respondents said they had used some other form of digital wallet.

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  • How to Perfect Your Bank’s Website

American Banker

Up until the last decade or so, many banks and credit unions didn’t even have websites allowing consumers to access existing accounts, open new ones or apply for loans. Today, however, financial institutions not only have these sites, they are more focused on the mobile experience and creative apps that allow consumers to, for instance, deposit checks via their phones or get texts after they use an ATM. However, financial firms should make sure that their website is helping generate and retain customers before launching into more advanced mobile ventures. A website should influence customers to talk about their experience in a positive way, which helps expand a bank’s presence.

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  • Why Banks Are Finally Embracing Cloud Computing

American Banker

Banks are warming to cloud computing after nearly a decade of hesitation about trusting their data to outsiders. Seventy-one percent of bank executives surveyed in a recently released report say they plan to invest more in cloud computing, nearly four times the figure a year earlier, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. (About half of the 115 large banks surveyed around the world are based in the U.S.) One reason for this shift, according to Julien Courbe, PwC’s financial services technology leader, is that vendors of public cloud services have made their offerings to banks more secure and reliable.

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  • 4 Ways Banks Can Improve Their Fraud-Fighting Efforts

Bank Systems & Technology

Today, we see threats associated with denial of service attacks, potential disruptions of sites, not necessarily intrusion onto sites. Over the years, banks have grown accustomed to the balancing act between protection and convenience. As threats change, protection measures must change, as well. Some protection measures are more transparent to the customer. Many customers use the same personal computer to conduct online banking, and their financial institutions are able to recognize the familiar computer as a method of authentication.

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  • Pay for Mobile? Banks Think So; Looking for ROI

Credit Union Journal

How to make money off mobile banking? — That was the question on the minds of bankers at the recent Mobile Banking Summit here. For banks, mobile app development projects can cost $1 million to $5 million, and often boards and executive committees want to see some kind of ROI first. For banks, the obvious answer is fees. Some in the industry feel it’s reputationally risky to charge fees for mobile banking services. Some believe mobile banking initiatives pay for themselves because the channel is much lower cost than branches.

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  • Surge in Mobile Banking Creates a Security Gap That’s a ‘Wild West’ for Fraudsters

Online banking has become ubiquitous as more people turn to their smartphones to carry out daily tasks. Still, while it may be more efficient, using your phone to make financial transactions could raise security risks. Portland, Ore.-based online fraud detection company iovation tracked online financial transactions across 1.5 billion devices in July and found that 20 percent were done through a mobile device or tablet. That’s an increase over the 18 percent of online financial transactions done on a mobile device between January and July of this year, and 11 percent last year, according to a statement the company released today.

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  • Global core banking market to hit $10bn in 2017


Global spending on core banking technology is set for steady, if unspectacular, growth over the next four years, breaking the $10 billion barrier in 2017, according to research from Celent. This year, around $8.6 billion will be invested by banks around the world on core systems and Celent is anticipating a four per cent rate of growth over the next few years. Breaking down the spending, maintenance is set to rise at 6.1%, compared to just 2.4% for new projects. Fiserv remains the dominant vendor in the market among small banks with less than $1 billion in assets, commanding 39% of the market, more than twice as much as nearest rival, Jack Henry & Associates. Among bigger banks, the market is more splintered, with FIS, Temenos and Misys leading the way.

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  • The $1.5B Opportunity in Mobile Banking

FOX Business

If banks want to add another $1.5 billion to their collective bottom line, they should work on promoting mobile banking opportunities and, in particular, mobile deposits. That’s according to a July report from Javelin Strategy & Research, which found that banks could see significant savings if they did more to leverage mobile banking. The report notes that not only do mobile transactions cost less to process, but that mobile customers tend to be younger and more affluent — two traits that make them desirable targets for banks: Mobile deposits can save nearly $50 per customer and better banking apps might help.

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James W. Gabberty

Gabberty is a professor of information systems at Pace University in New York City. An alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University Polytechnic Institute, he has served as an expert witness in telecommunication and information security at the federal and state levels and holds numerous certifications from SANS & ISACA.

Zachary Ehrlich

25-year-old writer, and as a native San Franciscan, I am unreasonably loyal to Bank of America, if only for their superhero-like origin story, involving the 1906 earthquake and Italian fruit vendors.

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Marisa Mann

Marisa Mann brings over 15 years of experience in consulting and financial services industries to the Solstice team, working on large scale enterprise initiatives across many technologies, including specializing in the digital space – Internet and mobile. Mann is passionate about mobile and the endless possibilities for the enterprise, delivering business value through strong brand recognition and driving to excellence in the consumer experience. Prior to Solstice, Mann worked at JP Morgan Chase, Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, Washington Mutual, Inc, and Accenture.