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The Year of Going Granular
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (859 reads)

Data analytics, also known as ‘big data, was once accessible to only the largest banking institutions. But 2016 may be the tipping point in which lower costs and increased accessibility of data analytics will be increasingly adopted by small and midsized banks with assets in the hundreds of millions.

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Community Banks Building on a Strong 2015
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (670 reads)

I’m pleased to report our industry saw a strong finish to 2015,with positive results in both Washington, D.C. and Albany. Moreover, we’ve begun 2016 with a proactive agenda to preserve, protect and advance the interests of New York’s local community banks.

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Getting Squeezed by Your Debit Network? Explore New Solutions to Help Ease Your Bottom Line
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (1467 reads)

For decades, retailers and businesses have had two main options – Visa and MasterCard – for routing signature debit transactions. While the U.S. is transitioning to a chip and signature standard, it remains the last major market with sizable remnants of the standalone signature system.

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New Session in Albany, New Challenges for Community Banks
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (540 reads)

The 2016 state legislative session has begun, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has delivered his combined 2016 State of the State message and 2016-17 state budget presentation to members of the Legislature, statewide elected officials, cabinet agency heads and public and private sector leaders.

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Lessons Learned from the CFPB’s Complaint Database
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (728 reads)

Recently the Pew Charitable Trust published an article about consumers, big banks and overdrafts on the American Banker website. Over the years, the Pew Charitable Trust has devoted a considerable amount of time to analyzing checking accounts. Some of the recommendations from their studies, like its proposed disclosure, seem valid. Others, like the analysis of the overdraft service, are less so. Reading the article inspired Haberfeld Associates to think of ways to determine the need for more regulations on overdrafts, other than the consumer advocates on the one side and some industry based

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O Pioneers! Upstate Bank Brings the New to the Old with Branch Redesign
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (614 reads)

Across the industry, banks are seeing branch traffic slowing – by some estimates, as much as 40 percent in certain places – leading many institutions to rethink their brick-and-mortar strategy in favor of a more digitized delivery system.

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Another Way to Save Managed Print Service Programs Increase Efficiencies, Reduce Costs
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (661 reads)

This is not your grandfather’s bank.” At the risk of over-using the catch phrase, it is an accurate description of recent changes within the banking industry.  With the advent of online transactions and associated technology that allows for availability of round-the-clock communication, both internally and externally, gone are the so-called “bankers hours.”

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Supreme Court Decision Strengthens Investigations for Discrimination
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (501 reads)

For two years, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Civil Rights Bureau has been targeting banks and other residential mortgage lenders for violations of the Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and New York Human Rights Law. The AG recently entered into settlement agreements with two Upstate New York banks for such violations.

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