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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Meditation goes mainstream

July 31, 2014 |

By Rick Grant

New Age can hardly be considered new anymore. Insurance companies now cover acupuncture, scientists in Germany and Britain have found evidence that suggests aromatherapy may actually do something, biofeedback monitors are sold in your local drug store … Read More

Ellie Joins the Consumer Direct World

July 24, 2014 |

By Scott Kersnar

Okay, so Ellie Mae has finally come out with a consumer-direct version of its Encompass loan origination system—one that enables loan seekers to complete the initial loan application in as little as 15 minutes. Or applicants can … Read More

Margin Lust

July 23, 2014 |

By Scott Kersnar

This time it wasn’t subprime mortgage loans or larcenous payday loans or the crushing burden of student loans. The July 19 New York Times carried a story warning about a bubble in subprime used car loans. Authors … Read More

Do Bank Settlements Make Regulators the Bad Guys?

July 23, 2014 |

By Rick Grant

American banks, at least the largest of our institutions, are working their way through what can only be considered the penalty phase of the financial crash post game. It seems that every week, another major settlement is … Read More

Figuring Out What You Want Before You Do

July 14, 2014 |

By Scott Kersnar

Many Facebookers are scared of Facebook these days. Why? Because Facebook is trying to figure out what we really respond to. Deep down inside. Yikes! Big Brother! Big Brother! Everybody better get off Facebook today! Shut it … Read More

When Mentoring Runs the Other Way

July 11, 2014 |

By Rick Grant

One of the criticisms we’ve heard for many years about the U.S. financial services industry is that it’s controlled by old men who have no interest in the latest technologies. That’s not true, of course. Our largest … Read More

Easy to Say Yes to This One

July 3, 2014 |

By Scott Kersnar

When we come across a tool that someone has been looking for, we like to pass along the tip. A good case in point is a lead- and client-management tool called Yesware. Founded back in 2010, the … Read More