Bankers of cannabis industry gain tech tool

Shield Compliance, Seattle, has developed a compliance management system for banking legal marijuana-related businesses. Called Shield Data Hub, the technology sets out to assure compliance with Financial Crimes Enforcement Network guidelines for cannabis banking. Tony Repanich joined Shield Compliance as its COO in 2018. He previously served as executive vice president of the $1.7 billion People’s Bank, Bellingham, Wash. [Continue]

Branch-free bank boosts bottom line

Executives of First Internet Bank, Indianapolis, told investors in late January that the bank posted record earnings in 2018, particularly in commercial and consumer loans and its specialty lending areas, including single tenant lease financing, public finance, healthcare finance, and horse trailer and recreational vehicle lending. [Continue]

With core providers, breaking up can be hard

Aaron Silva is president of Paladin fs, a research firm that gathers data on core services (and other fintech products) and provides a resource for banks looking to comparison shop. Silva calls Paladin’s data a “blue book” for fintech services. This information, among other things, helps banks determine whether breaking a contract with a core provider is financially feasible, which is an increasingly common scenario, Silva told BankBeat.

Q: What are common issues banks are facing when it comes to core service providers?

Aaron Silva: They are learning the core suppliers are not financially guaranteeing any of their system’s performance. For example, if there is a failure, or something happens that causes the bank harm, they can’t go back to their contract and find a credit or some sort of benefit. They will find they have to beg for it — or sue them. Another issue we see is the bank’s rights around termination of the contract. Today these contracts are written as such that if you leave a certain service for any reason — or even a part of the service — you have to pay the entire balance of your contract, anywhere from 50 to 100 percent of it. [Continue]