Our 7 Questions to Prevent Bad Bank Technology

The most significant problem with bank innovation is that bankers see or hear about a sexy piece of technology at a conference or at another bank and then acquire it. The new piece of technology ends up solving a known problem but, in the process, creates more problems, and risks, than it solves. It’s called…

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Payment Products – 14 Ways Banks Will Make Money

In the future, banks will make money on payment products by DELAYING settlements. That vision is ironic considering financial institutions are spending billions of dollars moving payments from one to three-day settlement to real-time. However, in the next three years, many banks will have the bulk of their payments settling in real-time, and delaying payments…

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Using The OODA Loop For Faster Bank Decision Making

The OODA Loop is a decision-making framework that we have found increasingly helpful to solve a variety of problems and give leaders a methodology for making decisions quickly. The concept was developed by Air Force Colonel John Boyd, one of the great strategists of modern times. The framework emphasizes speed and agility while looking for…

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Here Is The Money Leaving Your Bank For Crypto

Last week, JP Morgan opened banking’s first presence in the metaverse within the blockchain-based virtual world of Decentraland (go HERE for a primer). The “Onyx Lounge,” named after the Bank’s blockchain product, comes complete with a roaming tiger greeting visitors and an ironic portrait of CEO Jamie Dimon, who has been a crypto naysayer. Now,…

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How to Lend on Virtual Real Estate in the Metaverse

Most bankers have a hard enough time lending on real estate, let alone real estate that is not physically there in the “metaverse.” However, before you decide that you NEVER would lend on a virtual property,  consider that the world is changing. Thinking about how you would lend on virtual real estate is an interesting…

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Enlisting ARMIES To Drive Bank Innovation

Areas of improvement in banking abound, which is part of the problem. Banks often struggle with how and where to focus their resources to produce innovative products and services. Do you tackle digitizing the consumer loan process, or do you push into cryptocurrencies? Do you introduce a new treasury management product or upgrade your online…

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7 Steps to Solve the Right Problems in Banking More Efficiently

The reality is bankers are fantastic problem solvers. It’s in their blood. The problem is that, as an industry, we leave much to be desired about DIAGNOSING the right problem. Present a challenge to a banker, and they will quickly switch to solution mode without first analyzing what the issues are. They don’t fully understand…

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7 Rules to Help You Decide When To Start a New Bank Product

After talking about the role of bank product managers (HERE), many bankers and bank board members asked the question – How do you know when to start a new product? This article covers seven rules that form our framework for when banks should consider either building or buying a new product. The Rules will help…

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Using Decision Trees in Banking (And Why Innovation Makes Economic Sense)

If you are looking to make best-in-class decisions, it pays to have a variety of best-in-class tools at your disposal. Oftentimes, a reason why banks don’t innovate more is that they lack the tools and experience to properly understand the risk and the return. Without a way to quantify the risk, stagnation occurs. As banks…

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