August 2006

Today's American Banker reports that as soon as next month consumers will be able to make debit payments using their drivers license or government issued ID card through the Fastlane Secure Payments network. How it Works Consumers enroll at the point of sale. They swipe a personal check or enter the MICR line and assign […]

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This has nothing to do with finance and everything to do with your day-to-day life (at the office and elsewhere). Guy Kawasaki – VC, former Apple evangelist, and a very entertaining blogger – recently posted a list of things he wished he'd learned in school and points out how traditional education does a poor job […]

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September 27-28, 2006Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, CAHosted by NACHA Council for Electronic Billing & PaymentMore info: NACHA.org Driving Process Improvements for Billing and Payment Billers, financial institutions, and processors alike are challenged to innovate and improve billing and payment processes.  Success depends on the flawless implementation of technology; yet research indicates that the […]

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Inc magazine's FreshInc blog has a post today about San Francisco and its outlook as a business center. Our future looks good – despite high cost of living and not so business-friendly politics. Why? The reason, more than anything else, is that the city continues to attract and retain a uniquely talented group of people […]

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By Jim Salters With roughly 4 1/2 months remaining before year-end, we thought we’d share our take on some of the recent industry developments and our lessons learned as we’ve helped our clients prepare for the deadline.

Sunday's New York Times business section has a lengthy article on Wall Street's attempt to retain women professionals and woo back others that have left. It echoes many of the themes in Sylvia Anne Hewlett's March 2005 HBR article and features profiles of two women (one starting out, one attempting to return to Wall Street). […]

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In today's American Banker a viewpoint by Samee Zafar of Edgar, Dunn & Co. anticipates that mobile phone payments will reach critical mass in 5-10 years, toppling the credit card/debit card payment monopoly. The article highlights converging trends that support the growth of mobile payments: Consumers are increasingly comfortable with purchase of downloads to their […]

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Traditionally small and mid-sized businesses have been attracted to small banks that offer personalized service and knowledge of the local market. Yet the rise of internet banking has left smaller banks struggling to keep up. Small businesses with annual sales of $100,000 to $10 million are increasingly reliant on internet banking and want more sophisticated […]

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