ABA Banking Journal Podcast

ABA Banking Journal Podcast

Bank executive insights, unique business strategies, regulatory updates from D.C., and fun banking stories—all this and more on the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, brought to you weekly by the American Bankers Association's award-winning podcast team.

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May 19, 2022 20 min
From Butch Cassidy to Bonnie and Clyde, bank robbers have always had a pop culture mystique. But bank robberies are no Hollywood storyline for bank employees and customers, whose safety and even lives are put at risk when a robber holds up a bank branch.

But before the advent of the FBI and robust state police forces, bank robberies were often left to sometimes poorly equipped local law enforcement. In Indiana in the 1920s, bankers...

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Public comments for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s sweeping climate risk disclosure proposal are due on June 17 — with major implications for banks and their clients. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by IntraFi Network — ABA experts Mike Gullette and Joe Pigg discuss:
  • The contours of the proposed disclosures and how they would work.
  • Implications for non-public companies, including privat...
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    After 22 years at ABA, the association’s top lobbyist James Ballentine will soon retire. In this special episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by IntraFi Network — Ballentine reflects on lessons learned during his career in Washington and shares tips both on effective banking advocacy and on promoting diversity and inclusion in banking. Among other topics, Ballentine talks about:

  • The state of current bank policy is...
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    It’s National Financial Literacy Month, but on the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by IntraFi Network — Matthew Hennessey digs into the literacy that undergirds financial literacy: the basics of economic decision-making, from prices and markets to preferences and specialization. “The main lesson at the heart of economics is that life is about tradeoffs and that economics is about choice,” Hennessey say...

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    Often described as “charitable savings accounts” or “charitable checkbooks,” donor-advised funds are one of the fastest-growing charitable vehicles. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by IntraFi Network — ABA’s Evan Sparks talks about how banks of all sizes are building DAFs into their wealth management strategies. In this episode, he discusses:

  • The nuts and bolts of how DAFs work
  • How DAFs complemen...
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    While many larger banks have created “chief diversity officer” roles over the past several years, that role has been more of a rarity at smaller banks. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by IntraFi Network — Nicole Almeida, CFMP, talks about how her career has taken her from from retail stores to bank branches to bank marketing and, most recently, to a new role as chief diversity, equity and inclus...

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    In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, western governments have imposed unprecedented financial sanctions on individuals, businesses, banks and governments in Russia, Belarus and Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine. With new sanctions continuing to be announced and a rolling series of compliance deadlines, the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by IntraFi Network — features ABA VP Rob Rowe for a discu...

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    At a community bank with limited staff and resources, tech transformation is all about setting priorities. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, sponsored by IntraFi Network, Old Point National Bank CTO Pinkaj Klokkenga discusses how she is setting and advancing these priorities at her Hampton Roads area community bank. In the episode, Klokkenga discusses:

  • Her experience in IT and at the Federal Reserve Bank of ...
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    For nearly 200 years, Millbury National Bank has stayed independent as a commercially focused community bank in Massachusetts. Part of that independent tradition owes to the bank’s history of multigenerational stewardship, says President and CEO Kate Marcum on the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, sponsored by IntraFi Network. Six of the bank’s seven directors are at least the second generation in their family to serve on the bank’s boa...

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    Even the best-intentioned policies often face implementation challenges when they meet the real world. For example, the Ohio legislature required banks to use a pooled asset system for collateral for public funds — “in theory, a great idea” that protects public funds, says Ohio bank CEO Mike Vynalek. However, large public-sector deposits made just before banks closed would leave banks without time to buy securities and thus  uninte...

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    During the CoreConnection session at ABA’s Conference for Community Bankers, core provider CEOs sounded notes that will sound familiar to those following the work of ABA’s Core Platforms Committee: open APIs, access to data and flexible and transparent contracts. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, Core Platforms Committee Vice Chair Kim Kirk recaps insights that bankers should take away from CoreConnection an...

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    Amid persistent inflation and supply chain kinks, small businesses are finding more and more that “cash is king” — especially as their suppliers are likelier to ask for cash up front. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, Mike Keim of Univest Bank and Trust discusses how banks can help meet their business clients’ needs for liquidity through treasury management solutions and how real-time payments can help speed...

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    As Jelena McWilliams prepares to leave office after an eventful three and a half years as FDIC chairman, she sat down with the ABA Banking Journal for a conversation on her tenure at the agency. While 2018 wasn’t that long ago, it feels worlds away—in terms of the time-is-a-flat-circle nature of the pandemic, but also in the landscape of bank innovation and racial justice.

    In the final part of this two-part interview, McWilliams di...

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    As Jelena McWilliams prepares to leave office after an eventful three and a half years as FDIC chairman, she sat down with the ABA Banking Journal for a conversation on her tenure at the agency. While 2018 wasn’t that long ago, it feels worlds away—in terms of the time-is-a-flat-circle nature of the pandemic, but also in the landscape of bank innovation and racial justice.

    In part one of this two-part interview, McWilliams discuss...

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    Inflation surprises and labor market tightening necessitate an appropriate response from the Federal Reserve, says Ellen Zentner — chief U.S. economist for Morgan Stanley — in the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast. With the ABA’s Economic Advisory Committee’s consensus forecast including three quarter-point rate hikes in 2022, the committee expects inflation to moderate but remain persistently high throughout the ye...

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    Middle-market businesses are raring for growth in 2022, and four in 10 expect their credit needs to increase this year, which according to economist Jim Glassman of JPMorgan Chase on the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast will lead to a surge in commercial and industrial lending. “These challenges we are all focused on are all symptoms of a vigorous recovery from the pandemic nightmare,” says Glassman. “Businesses wo...

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    What’s on the community bank roadmap for digital process improvement in 2022? On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, Chris Bailey lifts the curtain on his bank’s investments in digital signature management, conversational capabilities and client business optimization.

    As SVP and CTO at First Bank in Carmi, Illinois, Bailey discusses how his bank plans to build on its Paycheck Protection Program successes by rampi...

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    5… 4… 3… 2… 1… The banking industry is in the final New Year’s Eve countdown to the cessation of two U.S. dollar Libor tenors, with the remainder set to cease in 2023. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by ServiceLink — ABA’s Hu Benton provides a status update on the Libor transition and what bankers need to know. Among other topics, he discusses:

  • Where banks are in their rate transition processes
  • T...
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    With the pandemic and other factors triggering growth in — and new dimensions of — “money mule” scams, how what should bankers watch out for? On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by ServiceLink — two bank fraud and AML professionals share trends they’re seeing, including:

  • Why money mules are increasingly seeking to open business accounts to move illicit cash
  • The growing intersection of money mule scam...
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    December 9, 2021 22 min

    The digital banking product changes triggered by the Paycheck Protection Program and pandemic-related digital banking needs have pushed banks to innovate like never before, says Accenture’s Bina Rajput. “It’s pushed a lot of these institutions to say ‘What’s next? How can I make this process better, and better, and better?”

    On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by ServiceLink — Rajput and ABA’s Brooke...

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