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How Hiring Drove Success for First National of Central Texas in a New Market
Oct 1, 2021
The bank’s new loan production office has grown faster than expected, thanks in part to a clear-cut mission statement that helps attract talent.
Can Buy Now Pay Later Create a Glide Path for Bank-Provided Loan Products?
Sep 29, 2021
A new study from TransUnion finds Buy Now, Pay Later users could offer a wider growth market for unsecured loan products from community banks.
Why American Bank Center Won't Hit the Brakes on Auto Lending
Sep 28, 2021
A focus on dealer relations has helped the North Dakota-based bank keep the engine running even as broader sales figures slip.
Two Powerful PPP Lessons for Community Banks
Sep 27, 2021
The Housing Bubble Straw Men Are Out in Force
Sep 24, 2021
The more likely outcome for the market, which also offers upsides for community bankers, is that the pace of price increases will slow but not collapse.
Digital Banking The Problem of Hidden Defection (or The End of the PFI as We Know It?)
Sep 22, 2021
A report from Bain & Company shows competing institutions with superior digital offerings are stealing business from banks that serve as a customer’s PFI. Community banks in particular could be at risk.
Midwest BankCentre Leverages Its Bosnian Connection to Grow
Sep 21, 2021
How a key acquisition deepened Midwest BankCentre’s ties to an affinity group in its own market and then helped the bank drive growth.
Why Bar Harbor Bank Scaled Back its Mortgage Business in Booming Market
Sep 15, 2021
Despite double-digit increases in home prices across Maine, the bank has shed more than 20% of its residential mortgage portfolio and has no regrets.
Inside Mission Valley’s Plan to Cut Onboarding Time in Half
Sep 14, 2021
Earlier this month, Bankbook examined Mission Valley’s plan to keep back office staff permanently remote. Today we look at the bank’s new approach to commercial customer onboarding.
Why Michigan’s Union Bank Relocated in Service of Continued Growth
Sep 13, 2021
In its quest for new revenue growth, Michigan’s Union Bank is plotting a headquarters move from rural Lake Odessa to Grand Rapids, one of the state’s biggest and most affluent markets.
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