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The Equifax Data Breach

September 18, 2017

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies, announced a massive data security breach that exposed vital personal identification data — including names, addresses, birth dates, and Social Security numbers — on as many as 143 million consumers, roughly 55% of Americans age 18 and older. 1

This data breach was especially egregious because the company reportedly first learned of the breach on July 29 and waited roughly six weeks before making it public (hackers first gained access between mid-May and July) and three senior Equifax executives... More >

13 Money Lessons Your Kids NEED to Know Before Leaving for College

August 16, 2017

"Broke college student?" Not for long!

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Make saving second-nature

Having the self-discipline not to spend every cent of every paycheck can be tough. To make it easy, have teens set up their accounts so part of their paychecks automatically go into a separate savings account, recommends financial consultant Robin Taub, CPA, CA, author of A Parent’s Guide to Raising Money-Smart Kids... More >

Unlocked: 2017 Power Leaders in Banking & Finance

July 31, 2017

The South Florida Business Journal has unlocked its exclusive list of 2017 Power Leaders in Banking in Finance. Check out the key players at the community banks, credit unions, regional organizations and national/multinational institutions that help keep South Florida's economic engine churning.

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Bauer reveals South Florida’s strongest banks - Database

September 20, 2016

The second quarter was a strong one for South Florida banks, with a high number receiving star upgrades. And for the first time in quite a while, there was a higher proportion of strongly rated banks in the tri-county area than across the state.

Most South Florida-based banks remained strong through the second quarter of 2016, with the number of banks awarded “recommended” ratings of four or five stars increasing by three compared to the previous quarter, according to Coral Gables-based Bauer Financial.

The financial research and analytics firm awarded recommended ratings... More >

Bank fund targeting affordable housing in South Florida

June 18, 2016

Ken Thomas, a longtime economist and banking consultant, thinks it's inexcusable that many South Floridians making $40,000 or $50,000 a year can't afford to buy a home.

He recently launched the Community Development Fund, an investment vehicle exclusively for banks and thrifts designed to promote affordable or work force housing across Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

The fund started with $25 million from 10 banks, including six in South Florida.

The money is used to invest in securities backed by mortgages valued in the $100,000 to $200,000 range,... More >

South Florida banks join $25M community development fund focused on affordable housing

June 14, 2016

There’s a new fund in town, and it’s made up of banks that are interested in community development and affordable housing.

Miami-based Community Development Fund Advisors LLC on Monday announced the launch of the $25 million Community Development Fund. It will focus on investing in fixed-income and mortgage-backed securities tied to properties in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods and affordable housing.

There are 11 initial banks invested in the fund, including six based in Miami-Dade County: Miami-based City National Bank of Florida, Coconut Grove Bank,... More >

Most banks’ executive training programs have disappeared

September 17, 2015

Formal training programs for bank executives – some lasting as long as 24 months – are a thing of the past in South Florida, observers say. Some question whether they were all that relevant to begin with.

“Formal training has changed,” said Raul G. Valdes-Fauli, president and CEO of Professional Bank and chair of the Miami Finance Forum.

It was a trend in the ’80s and ’90s, but because the market is now dominated by smaller banks, grooming rising talent has become a more informal process, he said.

“The less-sizeable banks in South Florida have fewer resources to... More >

Miami Today - Fed’s plan for slow rate hikes could meet market’s vagaries

January 5, 2015

By Lidia Dinkova

The Federal Reserve has kept interest rates low for a while, but that’s expected to change in 2015. 

While local economists say the Fed has indicated it would embark on a gradual and moderate increase in short-term interest rates during 2015, there’s a risk that a market-driven increase in interest rates would hinder the Fed’s plan. 

The Fed Funds Rate is to increase slightly in mid-2015 and it’s to continue increasing moderately, reaching about 1% by the end of the year,... More >

Miami Today - Pioneer of the New Wynwood David Lombardi bides time...

January 1, 2015

When David Lombardi visited Wynwood with a friend in 2001, he was taken with the proximity to downtown, Miami Beach and the Design District. Even more compelling was that he was able to buy warehouses for much less than it would have cost to build them. 

He also realized many artists were working in Wynwood and thought how much better it would be for those commuting to combine home and work space. To that end, Mr. Lombardi built Wynwood Lofts in 2003 and has been developing in the neighborhood ever since.... More >

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