Laura Alix

Laura Alix

Banker & Tradesman Staff

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A New Name In An Old Game

When Marlborough Savings Bank and North Middlesex Savings Bank merge this spring, they’ll emerge as one entity under an entirely new name: Main Street Bank.

Linda McMahon

McMahon Confirmed As SBA Chief

Former wrestling magnate and two-time Senate candidate Linda McMahon was easily confirmed to head up the Small Business Administration yesterday with a vote of 81–19.

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Economy, Demographics Driving Hiring Trends In Banking

It’s good to be at the top – and for as much regulation and uncertainty as the banking industry faces, a healthy economy and the mass migration of Baby Boomers into retirement could set up some attractive career opportunities for younger bankers in the not-too-distant future.

Allen Chaves

Digging Into Data

Allen Chaves began his career in the insurance industry on a Monday morning, after collecting his diploma the previous Friday evening.

Businessman Follows Carrots Dangling From A Stick

The Carrot Or The Stick?

Fallout from the Wells Fargo account opening scandal is still reverberating throughout the banking industry, as bankers field questions over their incentive programs and ponder how else they might measure and reward performance among their branch staff.

Meg McIsaac

Culture And Community

Meg McIsaac originally got into banking at her sister’s urging, interning at Bank of Boston and later enrolling in its management training program.

Businessman Builds a Tower

Rising Rates, Rising Risk

Regulators have had their eye on credit risk for some time, but with several rate increases forecast for 2017, bankers may do well to invest in business intelligence and data analytics tools to better mitigate that risk and root out fraud in a rising rate environment.

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FDIC Opens Doors To De Novos

The FDIC has opened its doors to new de novo bank applications, but those in the know aren’t expecting a flood of new bank applications like you might have seen in the good ol’ days. A little more than 1,000 new community banks were chartered

Internet crime and electronic banking security

In EMV’s Wake, On The Alert For Card-Not-Present Fraud

With EMV slowly but steadily rolling out across the U.S. and e-commerce on the rise, the payments system is turning into the perfect breeding ground for card-not-present fraud. But fear not, say payments pros, because while technology may offer up new opportunities for exploitation, it also brings to market potential solutions to head off crooks at the pass.