News & Commentary
Content posted in February 2004
MasterCard Intends To Take TowerGroup Global
News  |  2/24/2004  | 
Stresses continuing analyst independence, as well as growing insurance focus.
Uncovering Offshore Secrets
News  |  2/24/2004  | 
Success in outsourcing depends on understanding the rules of the game. Experts stress that it is crucial to consider everything from the hidden costs associated with outsourcing right on down to your own organization's CMM level.
Prepaid Micropayments and the Bankcard Industry: Ways to Play a Growing Trend
News  |  2/24/2004  | 
FSIs have begun to embrace the issuance of prepaid macropayment solutions and are seeing the need to seek a strategy in the recharge process as well.
Quick Question: Remote Workers and E-mail Security
News  |  2/17/2004  | 
How big an issue is it when banks deploy remote workers outside the firewall?
Online Micro-Payments: Has The Time Come?
News  |  2/17/2004  | 
In the past 12 months, micro-payments have once again become all the rage.
VoIP Victory
News  |  2/17/2004  | 
Hancock Bank, based in Gulfport, Miss., operates its networks using voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP).
One Question For: Danny Peltz, Wells Fargo
Commentary  |  2/11/2004  | 
What are your primary business goals for the upcoming year with regard to Internet solutions for commercial banking customers?
Can’t Get a Dollar Outta Me
Commentary  |  2/11/2004  | 
How to get hours of entertainment out of a single U.S. dollar. Plus, presidential dental trivia!
"Dear Mom & Dad: Don’t Send Money, Send Your ATM Card"
Commentary  |  2/11/2004  | 
Yahoo! and HSBC form partnership to offer a new remittance service that uses the ATM network instead of the wire room.
News  |  2/11/2004  | 
ING Implements Cognos for Intelligence
News  |  2/11/2004  | 
Bank uses new tool to organize metrics.
Sterling Helps Wachovia Manage SWIFTNet Migration
News  |  2/11/2004  | 
Bank gets its FileAct together with new SWIFT messaging system
Provident Bank Fixes Variable Cost Drain
News  |  2/11/2004  | 
Solution from Gold Systems provides in-house alternative to outsourced model.
Letter from Europe: Payments Unification
News  |  2/11/2004  | 
SEPA will simplify payments but could face opposition.
Rock-a-bye-Baby Boom
News  |  2/11/2004  | 
You don't have to be young to seek sound advice, especially in financial planning.
Packages Galore
News  |  2/11/2004  | 
Settlement-services companies see green.
Rock, Scissors, Plastic
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
Children urged to update popular game.
This Year’s Fashions
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
The fixed-income annuity is the new black.
Small-Business Nation
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
It helps if you speak the language.
Swift Education Needed
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
You can't buy what you don't understand.
Banks Apply Themselves to Applications
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
Loan approval times can be shortened with better back-office processes.
Can IT Deliver Success in Retail Delivery?
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
The overall strength of the retail banking sector depends in large part on the job market. But banks aren't waiting for a recovery to press ahead with IT projects, thanks to Check 21.
Truth & Consequence
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
Don't let compliance foil your business.
"Wait and See" No More
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
2004 is not the year to sit on your hands.
The More Things Change...
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
For big banks, retail's over half the pie.
Lower IT Budget? Break out the champagne!
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
In banking as in poker, three 7s beat a pair of 10s.
Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Gloom of Night
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
For bankers, weatherproofing calls for faster networks.
Advice to Young Bankers: "Stay Single"
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
Pennsylvania financial institution stays above the M&A fray
TOP OF THE KEY
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
KeyCorp CIO Bob Rickert: Nothing But Net for the Future of Check Processing
New Year, New Priorities
Commentary  |  2/10/2004  | 
Running a bank without efficient business technology is about as effective as waiting for monkeys on typewriters to produce the complete works of Shakespeare.
Executive News
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
Executive appointments & promotions
Identifying the Objects of Desire
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
KeyCorp's McDonald Financial Group uses aspirational segmenting to drive sales.
National City Improves ATM Fleet with Diebold
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
Rather than upgrade outdated units, National City leaps ahead with feature-laden, expandable ATMs.
Big Deals
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
New Legislation Raises Host Of Bulk E-mail Issues for Banks
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
State laws will be preempted by the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.
Banks Strive for Security Awareness with $2M Contract
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
FS/ISAC will spread the news, and FSSCC will help banks to cope.
Sovereign Spruces Up Web Site To Expedite Info Delivery
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
Bank redesigns its Web site to improve customer service.
RESPA Reform Skeptics Await "Two-Package Proposal"
News  |  2/10/2004  | 
Segments of the mortgage industry lambast HUD over potentially earthshaking changes in settlement.
Consumer Conundrums
Commentary  |  2/10/2004  | 
No matter what the economists posit about logical, predictable behavior, the only thing that is truly predictable is that just when you think you've figured out customer or competitor attitudes and actions, you'll inevitably be thrown a curve.
Come On In, The Water’s Fine
News  |  2/9/2004  | 
Reconstruction of Iraq's banking sector will include the development of an advanced payments network.
Memo to Bankers: Where’s the Online Memo?
News  |  2/9/2004  | 
How Online Checking Account History Can Be Made More Useful
ABN Amro Stands Ready for Sarbox
News  |  2/9/2004  | 
Companies in financial services and every other industry are seriously and proactively working to meet compliance regulations and deadlines, says ABN Amro exec.
Wachovia Builds Environment for Financial and Risk Measurement
News  |  2/2/2004  | 
Firm benefits from transparency and competitive differentiation, exec says.
The Evolution of Mobile Payments
News  |  2/2/2004  | 
Virtual payments could drive growth of the mobile phone as a payment device.
The Changing Face Of Oracle
News  |  2/2/2004  | 
CEO Larry Ellison talks about the company's new presidents, new products, its hostile bid for PeopleSoft, and international markets.


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