• Size & Scale: The King and Queen of Bank M&A?

    Earlier this week, I shared my perspectives on bank M&A with the Wall Street Journal.  What follows builds off the piece that ran in Tuesday’s print edition, highlighting key findings from Bank Director’s annual Bank M&A Survey. By Al Dominick // @aldominick At a time when J.P. Morgan is getting smaller, the pressure is on for smaller… Continue Reading

  • How Fintech Mergers Are Reshaping Banking

    There is a pattern I’m seeing when it comes to M&A in the financial space. Banks may get bought for potential earnings and cost savings, in addition to their contributions to the scale of a business. Fintech companies also are bought for scale, but they are mostly bringing in new and innovative ways to meet customers’ needs, as well as top-notch technology platforms. They often offer a more simple and intuitive approach to customer problems. And that is why it’s important to keep an eye on M&A in the fintech space. There may be more opportunity there than threat.

  • 5 Fintechs I’m Keen On

    My first post in 2015 focused on three “up and coming” fintech companies: Wealthfront, Kabbage and Dwolla. Since writing that piece, I’ve followed their paths while learning about other interesting and compelling companies. Today’s column highlights five more technology companies that I’m particularly keen on.

  • Banking on Millennials?

    I’m in Newport Beach, California where I just presented at Moss Adams’ 15th annual Community Banking conference.  In tandem with Bank Director’s Publisher, Kelsey Weaver, we focused our remarks on the intersection of fintech companies with traditional banks — and how partnerships potentially position community banks to better serve millennials. By Al Dominick // @aldominick In our recent “talent-focused” digital issue… Continue Reading

  • 18 Banks that Fintech Companies Need to Know

    There are many exciting and creative fintech companies collaborating with traditional institutions, so what follows is a list of 18 banks — between $1Bn and $25Bn in size — that I’d invest my business development efforts on if I was running a fintech company today.