Dollar costs plunge in FX swap markets, still elevated onshore

Investing.com | April 06, 2020

The cost of swapping euros and sterling for dollars in FX swap markets fell on Monday to the lowest in over a decade in a sign of success for central banks' operations, though some other indicators imply money market stress has not wholly dissipated. The swap moves follow a series of policy efforts to squelch the strains in dollar funding markets, including the U.S. Federal Reserve's dollar swap lines for many foreign central banks and offer of temporary 'repo' facilities for others who lack access to such lines. These actions reversed the surge in dollar borrowing costs overseas. Three-month euro-dollar FX swaps touched a 12-year low of minus 65 bps, having swung two weeks back to a 2011 European crisis-era high of more than 150 bps.

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Trona Valley Federal Credit Union and Lumin Digital Announce Partnership for Enhanced Digital Banking Services

Lumin Digital | April 21, 2022

Lumin Digital, a PSCU company, announced today that Trona Valley Federal Credit Union (Trona Valley) has signed a multi-year agreement for Lumin Digital's cloud-native platform for online and mobile digital banking solutions. Lumin Digital will support Trona Valley's more than 23,000 members and more than $320 million in assets once the credit union goes live on the platform in May 2022. Trona Valley Federal Credit Union, based in Green River, Wyoming, is a 100% member-owned financial institution dedicated to providing avenues to financial success for every individual member. With a philosophy of "People Helping People", Trona Valley strives to evolve product and service offerings to meet the financial needs of its members, provide individualized attention and put forth every effort to enable members to become financially self-sufficient. Lumin Digital, a cloud-native digital banking platform, provides credit union members with a tightly integrated and customized experience that matches larger financial institutions' offerings. Focusing on service, user experience, safety, and security through sophisticated automation, Lumin Digital helps credit unions and financial institutions drive better engagement with their users through personalized recommendations and communication in the areas of spending insights, financial advice, fraud alerts, and savings goals. Lumin enables credit unions to provide users with real-time updates and new features that add value and simplify everyday banking. All of Lumin's offerings and capabilities are made possible by the team's wealth of industry knowledge, user experience testing, and technological innovation. We're always looking to make banking with Trona Valley FCU easier for our members, We believe Lumin's Digital's platform does just that." Jeremy Gibson, CEO at Trona Valley Federal Credit Union. Trona Valley's commitment to improving the banking experiences of its members whenever and wherever life takes them makes the credit union a natural fit for Lumin's cloud-native digital banking platform, Our comprehensive digital experience will not only expand their core digital offerings to better compete against the nation's leading financial institutions, but will also ensure a smooth transition for their members, ultimately enabling faster time to market for their exciting future digital roadmap items." Jeff Chambers, founder and CEO of Lumin Digital. Lumin Digital continues to drive innovation in the digital banking space, differentiating itself through technology built for human connection. Lumin Digital's offering provides seamless integration to a wide array of PSCU and other platform tools and capabilities, including card services, rewards management, and data analytics to provide a member-centric experience. About Lumin Digital Lumin Digital is a fintech company specializing in digital banking solutions. Through a fundamentally different approach to technology, service, and people, we're creating the next generation of financial solutions each and every day. Lumin helps credit unions and financial institutions build and deploy next-gen digital experiences that help to continually serve, engage, and grow their membership base. While other platforms are partially adapted or retrofitted for the cloud, Lumin is 100% cloud-native. It was built specifically for the cloud environment, allowing us to more fully realize the advantages it offers. It's a difference that financial institutions and their users will see and feel almost immediately. About Trona Valley Federal Credit Union Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union is a community credit union serving southwest Wyoming for nearly 60 years. Formed through a merger of FMC Employees FCU and Stauffer Big Island FCU, we are open to membership to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Sweetwater, Uinta, Sublette, Lincoln, Carbon, and Teton counties in Wyoming; and Rich, Morgan, Summit, and Daggett counties in Utah. About PSCU PSCU, the nation's premier payments CUSO, supports the success of more than 1,900 financial institutions representing nearly 7 billion transactions annually. Committed to service excellence and focused on innovation, PSCU's payment processing, risk management, data and analytics, loyalty programs, digital banking, marketing, strategic consulting and mobile platforms help deliver possibilities and seamless member experiences. Comprehensive, 24/7/365 member support is provided by contact centers located throughout the United States. The origin of PSCU's model is collaboration and scale, and the company has leveraged its influence on behalf of credit unions and their members for more than 40 years. Today, PSCU provides an end-to-end, competitive advantage that enables credit unions to securely grow and meet evolving consumer demands.

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Global Business Spend Indicator, New Survey By American Express, Shows U.S. Businesses Have Bullish Outlook on B2B Spending

American Express | June 01, 2021

Survey indicates that U.S. spending is on the rise across nine key business-to-business (B2B) categories. U.S. survey respondents cited that raw or processed materials, such as lumber, metals, and chemicals, are outpacing all other B2B spending categories. Automation is anticipated to be the fastest-growing area in technology spending, with nearly half of U.S. survey respondents planning to automate or further automate their B2B payments over the next year1. Flexibility is key for the U.S. businesses surveyed, which are adapting their supply chains due to pandemic challenges. New York, June 1, 2021 – American Express today launched the Global Business Spend Indicator (GBSI), a new survey of global businesses conducted with the Centre for Business and Economic Research (CEBR)². The survey reveals U.S. businesses are the most bullish and optimistic when it comes to B2B spending among the six countries covered in the survey, with 76% of U.S. businesses expressing optimism about their prospects over the next 12 months. Respondents predicted that B2B spending in the U.S. will be an average of 3.4% higher in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. Applying that projection from the survey respondents to broader U.S. macroeconomic data would equate to an estimated $140 billion in additional B2B spending from U.S. businesses³. “B2B spending is an important bellwether for the overall health of the economy, and the GBSI study shows U.S. businesses are investing and spending more, whether to adopt to the new ways of operating during the pandemic, or to digitize and streamline their operations,” said Dean Henry, EVP, Global Commercial Services at American Express. “It also reveals that some of the trends that have emerged or accelerated during the pandemic, such as payments automation and new approaches to managing the supply chain, are likely here to stay.” CEBR estimates that the value of B2B expenditures each year amounts to nearly half (48%) of gross output (the total value of sales or receipts) in the U.S. economy. This means that for each dollar spent in the U.S. economy, approximately 48 cents are B2B transactions. The GBSI is designed to explore the importance of business spending in both the global and local economies based on a survey of more than 3,600 businesses of all sizes and across industries in the UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, and the U.S. For this report, B2B spend is classified as goods and services that a business purchases from another business to keep their business running. The survey looked at nine B2B spending categories, and three additional categories of taxes, people / workforce, and travel, entertainment and expenses, for a robust look at the dynamics and impact of overall business spending. Raw or Processed Materials Top B2B Spend Categories U.S. businesses surveyed reported that they have increased their overall B2B spending across all the core categories since the start of the year. The highest growth rates were in spending on raw or processed materials such as lumber, metals, and chemicals, which rose by an average of 6.2% between Q1 2020 and Q1 2021, according to survey respondents. This would equate to an estimated $37 billion in additional spend when applied to U.S. macroeconomic data, most likely due to rising prices of raw materials after the onset of the pandemic. This trend is expected to continue, with the U.S. businesses surveyed anticipating another 6.4% rise in spending in this category from Q2 2021 over the prior quarter. U.S. Businesses Lead in Payments Automation, with Plans to Continue Investing in the Year Ahead Within the technology spending category, automation is the fastest anticipated growth area among the U.S. businesses surveyed. While many businesses have already been digitizing their B2B payments over the past few years, the pandemic helped accelerate this trend more broadly. The GBSI found that, of the six surveyed countries, U.S. businesses have the highest level of automation across most business functions, including with purchasing / procurement, payroll, paying suppliers, supplier analysis, and syncing payments to the existing ledger. In fact, nearly half of U.S. businesses surveyed said they are mostly or fully automating the making (48%) and receiving (51%) of payments from business customers. In addition, there is more opportunity ahead as nearly half (46%) plan to automate or further automate each of these functions over the next 12 months. With more automation, U.S. businesses may vastly reduce their reliance on manual payment methods – like writing and sending physical checks – which are still prevalent, with 33% of U.S. business spend currently using physical payment methods, according to the businesses surveyed. On the whole, technology spending by U.S. businesses surveyed rose by an average of 4.1% between Q1 2020 and Q1 2021, equating to an estimated $25 billion in additional spend when applied to U.S. macroeconomic data, likely driven by the rapid digitization of businesses such as e-commerce capabilities or website enhancements. Nearly a quarter (22%) of U.S. businesses surveyed list increasing their online presence among their top three goals and 39% expect to expand their use of virtual cards over the next 12 months. U.S. Businesses Prioritize Streamlined and Flexible Supply Chain Relationships For many businesses, the experiences during the pandemic highlighted ways to streamline and seek more flexible ways to manage their supply chains and operating practices. Over the last 12 months, 23% of U.S. businesses surveyed took steps to simplify their network of suppliers, 23% reduced or avoided long-term commitments to purchase from specific suppliers, and 22% chose suppliers with more flexible payment terms. Looking Ahead Over the next 12 months, U.S. businesses in the survey cite increasing profitability (34%), securing new business or bringing on new customers (32%), and remaining competitive (31%) as being among their three most important goals. CONTACTS: AMERICAN EXPRESS Melissa Filipek melissa.j.filipek@aexp.com Felicia Macdonald felicia.m.macdonald@aexp.com

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Mascoma Bank Selects Alkami as its Digital Banking Platform Partner

Alkami | April 13, 2022

Alkami Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALKT) ("Alkami"), a leading cloud-based digital banking solutions provider for banks and credit unions in the U.S., today announced that Mascoma Bank ("Mascoma") has selected Alkami's digital banking platform as part of a full technology stack overhaul with core banking technology firm Thought Machine. This will not only drive future growth for Mascoma, but also serve as a model for other community banks to build upon. We are building an innovative ecosystem that will allow us to better serve our existing customer base, attract new customers and grow strategically into the future, Our Chief Technology Officer, Raphael Reznek, challenged us to rethink how we use technology and the importance of building an embedded finance system. As a result, instead of replacing our existing core, we set out to completely revamp our tech stack to incorporate the most advanced systems. We chose to partner with Alkami because they offer the best balance of deep extensibility with robust 'out of the box' capabilities and configurations." Clay Adams, president and chief executive officer of Mascoma Bank. The Alkami platform will be integrated with Thought Machine's core banking platform, Vault, to provide a complete cloud-based banking platform that is capable of being easily configured and scaled. Mascoma will be able to get to market quickly and have the ability to customize based on the bank's unique needs using a modern API architecture and real-time data. Mascoma is a community bank to watch. They are undergoing a true digital transformation, and we are thrilled to be a part of it, Their digital-first mindset is helping them build a foundation that will allow them to innovate and adapt—fueling the future of community banking as a whole." Alkami's chief executive officer, Alex Shootman. Raphael Reznek along with our leadership team has a vision to build a digital platform that will put us in control of our destiny and serve as a roadmap for other community banks to follow. The new tech stack more than answers that call, I am particularly excited for Alkami's data insights, which will allow us to provide tailored experiences to further empower our customers on their financial journeys." Samantha Pause, chief marketing and product officer at Mascoma. About Mascoma Bank Headquartered in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Mascoma Bank is a $2.6 billion mutual bank and Certified B-Corporation® with 28 branches and 2 loan offices throughout Northern New England. Mascoma Bank was founded in 1899 by community members seeking ways to establish a healthy local economy. For over 122 years, Mascoma Bank's foundation of mutuality has continued to be a force for positive change supporting communities to reach thriving sustainability. Mascoma Bank has made a strong commitment of utilizing technology to help support its mission and values of putting the customer at the center of its work. About Alkami Alkami Technology, Inc. is a leading cloud-based digital banking solutions provider for financial institutions in the United States that enables clients to grow confidently, adapt quickly and build thriving digital communities. Alkami helps clients transform through retail and business banking, digital account opening, loan origination, and multi-payment fraud prevention solutions.

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Citigroup CFO Mark Mason to Present at the Barclays Global Financial Services Conference

Citi | August 24, 2020

Mark Mason, Chief Financial Officer of Citigroup, will present at the Barclays Global Financial Services Conference on Monday, September 14, 2020. The presentation is expected to begin at approximately 1:15 p.m. (Eastern). A live webcast will be available at www.citigroup.com/citi/investor. A replay and transcript of the webcast will be available shortly after the event.

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