The Howey Test, Crypto, and Community Banks: How the Debate between the SEC and CFTC Impacts Community Banks

Oct 31, 2023
What is the true nature of cryptoassets? Are they securities or commodities? This question, perhaps more than any other, has propelled policy debates over the past few years.

Regulatory Perceptions of Artificial Intelligence and What They Mean for Community Banks

Oct 30, 2023
Federal banking regulators so far have approached regulating the use of artificial intelligence through the lens of existing regulations, rather than creating a new set of guidelines. But based on various regulatory announcements, there are some salient risks community banks should consider when using the technology.

Artificial Intelligence: Hype vs. Reality and What it Means for Community Banks

Oct 26, 2023
To help separate fact from fiction, let’s start with a working definition of AI and related terms, before discussing a few notable use cases for community banks.

Online Training Newsletter – October 2023

Oct 25, 2023
Did You Know? Did you know that all banking related courses have an automatic reminder notice to complete the enrolled course at the 30-, 60-, and 90-day mark?

Domestic Regulatory Environment for Digital Assets Continues to Evolve

Oct 23, 2023
The significant upheaval in the crypto markets—and its impact on consumers and national security—has accelerated Washington’s attention to digital assets policy. Prudential banking regulators, the White House, and the Treasury Department have pursued a range of intertwining policy initiatives, all with direct consequences for the nation’s community banks.

Banking acronyms simplified: complimentary compliance reference guide

Oct 23, 2023
Having trouble keeping up with all the acronyms and initialisms in the banking world? You're certainly not alone. To streamline your understanding, we've put together a handy reference guide.

Remember the munis

Oct 23, 2023
I’m speaking of the municipal bond market. It is a maxim of community banking that the more munis a bank owns, the higher performing the portfolio will be.

Is cybersecurity insurance worth the higher premiums?

Oct 23, 2023
Cybersecurity should be a foundational element of any community bank, but do you really need to be insured for it—especially as premiums rise? We spoke to experts to learn more about this type of insurance.

Put these two trends on your TO DO list

Oct 23, 2023
We (community banks) used to be the department store of financial services. From cosmetics to kitchenware, whatever you needed could be found under the same roof. So, we really didn’t mind much when, one by one, niche providers started to siphon off specific lines of business.

Crypto Collapses and Security Concerns Renew Debate Over Digital Assets Policy

Oct 16, 2023
Remaining aware of developments in the digital assets industry is critical as crypto entities seek greater access to the traditional financial system and policymakers in Congress deliberate paths forward.