How Can Banks Innovate?

How Can Banks Innovate?

Why can’t banks innovate like start-ups? It’s a question that’s been asked a thousand times and has many answers. It’s certainly true that financial firms face a more stringent regulatory environment than most other industries. And they tend to have a more conservative nature than other businesses that tend to take fewer risks.

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The Downside of Direct Banks

The Downside of Direct Banks

Direct banks — online-only banks that typically pay much higher interest rates on various accounts — have seen a rise in popularity in recent years. Without being burdened by the high operating costs of maintaining a traditional branch network, these banks generally offer robust digital services, as well as generally much more attractive rates on everything from savings accounts to CDs. But are there also downsides to their digital-centric approach?

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Banks Get in on the Minimum Wage Debate

Banks Get in on the Minimum Wage Debate

The minimum wage — and what it should or shouldn’t be — continues to be a topic of passionate debate in America. And while there are reasonable economic arguments on both sides as to how, and to what extent, government should get involved in setting minimum wage rates, some businesses have taken action of their own volition.

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Buffet Bullish on Big Banks

Buffet Bullish on Big Banks

Bank stocks are one of the safer investments you can make, at least according to noted bank stockholder Warren Buffet. Buffet has long been known as a fan of investing in banks; his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, has long held a large position in Bank of America, and last year snapped up a significant amount of shares in JPMorgan Chase. (Of course, some of his bank boosterism in the past left him with a bit of egg on his face.)

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