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Small community banks often have neither the funds or ability to expand into FinTech. Regulatory issues often hold them back as well. Yet customers are increasingly embracing the ease and convenience of FinTech, such as online loan applications and online approval. Some observers fear that FinTech may erode community banks’ market share going forward. A FinTech-generated loan product partnership can help community banks reap the rewards of FinTech.
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Big data is more than a buzzword to banks. Rhode Island-based Citizens Bank is just one regional institution that has used data scientists and analytics to build a platform which has enhanced bank earnings by targeting product offerings to customers in the market for them. In the future, fintechs with expertise in big data might make natural partners wanting to follow Citizens’ lead to generate deposits and loans
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Banks and credit unions who have outstanding New York City taxi medallion loans are suffering due to the drops in the price of taxi medallions in the wake of disruption from ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft. Many of these financial institutions have closed or been acquired
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Banks have traditionally not been able to offer small, short-term loans with higher interest rates than personal loans or credit cards of the type often dubbed "payday" loans. However, the market is underserved currently. U.S. Bank has recently rolled out a product for this market.
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Competitive pressures and rising interest rates are affecting the interest rates banks offer on their savings products. Rates on the latter are climbing, which pressures banks' margins.
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