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12/19/2019

Interest rates and rate floors: survive and thrive in 2020

Last year, when rates were rising, Deluxe warned that banks should learn from the 2008 financial crisis that rate cuts are not always predictable, and can be devastating to earnings. And at the beginning of this year, when interest rates were fluctuating unpredictably, Deluxe wrote about structural factors placing pressure on banks’ margins. In both…

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12/16/2019

The Role of Technology in the Bank of the Future

As anyone in the banking industry knows, fintech (and the businesses that harness technology to provide new options to the market) have been disrupting the landscape for a while now. It’s not a stretch to say that digital banking has transformed the industry, taking traditional, tried-and-true processes and offerings and turning them on their heads….

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11/15/2019

Another drop in interest rates – is the end nigh?

Around Halloween, perhaps to scare all of the bankers out there, the Federal Reserve dropped rates again, this time by 25 basis points to a range of 1.5% to 1.75%. The widely expected move was the third such drop in as many months. With little wiggle-room remaining this looks like the last drop for a…

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10/30/2019

CFOs as Performance Management Leaders

Banks are facing a battery of challenges – from the volatile rate environment shaving margins ever-thinner, increasing compliance costs, and ever-evolving customer expectations. In this environment, every basis point in NIM matters. Those FIs with the best analytics that can harness their data faster and focus on performance management will come out on top. The…

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09/17/2019

Reform, not revolution: what to expect from Capitol Hill

The next year looks like a busy one on Capitol Hill. In the midst of presidential primaries and with 2020 elections looming, financial services regulatory reform may not grab headlines. But here at Deluxe, we’re laser-focused on issues impacting financial institutions and their customers. With some significant developments recently announced, or expected soon—here are a…

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08/19/2019

Rates are falling. Margins Are Shrinking. Why, and What Next?

Last month we wrote about an upcoming cut in interest rates. At the time, we wrote about what financial institutions—especially smaller institutions—should expect. A couple of days later the Federal Reserve announced the first target Fed Funds rate cut in a decade. So now we have some clarity—what can we learn? Managing rates is a…

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07/30/2019

Interest rates, market instability, and what it all means

“Turbulent” is probably the safest way to describe the interest rate landscape for financial institutions in 2019. Opinions about upcoming rate movements have taken a rollercoaster ride over the past several months. This is based on comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, and the Federal Open Market Committee meeting again this week. We will…

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