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10/15/2018

Trust, But Verify: System and Organization Controls (SOC) Reports

What is a SOC report and why do service providers pay to have one completed? Financial institutions (FIs) are regulated by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC). The FFIEC is composed of five banking regulators responsible for establishing consistent guidelines and uniform practices and principals for FIs. Simply stated, the FFIEC wants to ensure…

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09/24/2018

Social Media Policies: Four Steps to Effectiveness

  Note: Nothing in this post is legal advice and should not be construed as such. As of March 2018, there are more than 3 billion social media users worldwide. It’s a certainty that at least some of those users work for your organization. These users, and all your employees, need to know the rules…

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09/20/2018

Plugging Into Charities Can Drive Market Awareness

Most financial institutions are used to donation requests throughout the year from a large number of diverse and well-meaning charitable causes. Many contribute to a large number of these causes (which is not necessarily a negative thing). However, savvy financial institutions should look for some type of return on their charitable donations investment. This will…

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09/12/2018

How Commercial Banks can Stop Leaving Money on the Table

How much money are commercial banks leaving on the table? The answer may shock you. The disconnect between the product and sales teams at most banks can cost a bank more than 50 percent of its potential sales for treasury management products. Skeptical? Let’s use Remote Capture as an example. Remote capture penetration varies wildly across banks….

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09/12/2018

Why Integrated Receivables Solutions Are Vital To Sustaining Your Bank’s Lockbox Franchise

Today, you will be hard-pressed to find an industry analyst that isn’t proclaiming that Electronic Invoice Presentment and Payment (EIPP) adoption is growing in the United States. Or that checks represent a (slowly) declining percentage of business-to-business payments. For the most part, would-be affected parties didn’t put much stock in these predictions. There are many…

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08/30/2018

How Check-Savvy Are You? Basics to Keep in Mind

“Dear Gen Z, the small, rectangular piece of paper your parents are writing on and putting in an envelope is called a check.” Tongue-in-cheek? Yes and no. Many in this new generation, and in some respects, millennials, too, have never written a check. With many retailers no longer accepting checks as payment, digital payments now…

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08/29/2018

Move over LIBOR. SOFR is gaining momentum.

Although the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has been publishing the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) since April 3, 2018, SOFR’s popularity seems to be gaining momentum as of late. On August 15, 2018 a headline in Bloomberg read, “New U.S. Overnight Rate Moves Out of LIBOR’s Shadow.” The article outlined major debt issues…

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