FDIC campaigns to get the unbanked to open accounts

Apr 7, 2021
Over 7 million Americans don't have bank accounts. One big incentive to opening one: direct deposit of federal relief payments.
There are plenty of reasons why disadvantaged communities might avoid the banking system, but one benefit is the ability to deposit relief money.
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BNY Mellon announces it will offer cryptocurrency services

Feb 12, 2021
Mainstream banks may offer a layer of legitimacy to cryptocurrency that is appealing to big institutional investors.
Storing cryptocurrency like Bitcoin hasn’t always been easy. People have to worry about hackers and keep track of passwords for their digital wallets.
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Why is the price of silver soaring?

Individual investors are apparently fueling the increase. It's a similar strategy to what we've seen with GameStop stock.
Retail investors are now targeting big banks who have bet against the price of silver.
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Some banks are lending less in an uncertain economy

Jan 21, 2021
Many businesses are nervous about borrowing right now. And banks aren't earning much on the loans they are making.
The lending decline for some banks comes despite the fact that interest rates are at near-record lows.
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Big banks' profits are doing better than the economy

Jan 15, 2021
They've been raking in money thanks to the strong stock market, companies' appetite for debt and initial public offerings.
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New Trump administration rule limits large banks' ability to turn away business

Jan 15, 2021
Large banks can't deny services to businesses, like gun-makers and oil drillers, just based on what they do.
The rule prohibits large banks from refusing to lend to certain business sectors, after Republicans voiced frustration at what they saw as a reluctance by banks to finance gun-makers and energy firms.
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Community banks are thriving. Bankers worry it won't last.

Dec 11, 2020
A recent FDIC report found that community bank profits rose last quarter, thanks to fee income from PPP loans and mortgage refinancing.
La Salle State Bank in Illinois outsourced management of its ATMs to save costs.
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Fed looks to overhaul laws meant to make sure lower-income Americans have access to loans

The law is meant to demand that when banks take deposits from a particular area, they also make loans there.
The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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The credit union that aims to be a "lifeboat" in times of crises

Aug 26, 2020
Bill Bynum says Hope Credit Union is his ministry, giving predominantly Black communities a place to bank.
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One reason why Black-owned businesses have fared worse in the pandemic: weaker banking relationships

Aug 4, 2020
That leaves them restricted access to capital, according to a study by the New York Fed.
A beauty product booth at a Black-owned business expo in Florida. The number of Black business owners in the U.S. fell more than 40% between February and April, according to a New York Fed study.
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