1st Mariner Bank - Keeping up with The Joneses

by Kevin Lynch 13. June 2011
I recently attended the Net.Finance conference in Chicago . It is, by far, one of the best conferences for those of us focused on the digital channels of financial services. Over the two and half days, there were three topics that dominated the event: Mobile, Personal Financial Management (PFM) tools, and Social Media. I'm going to specifically talk about the first two topics. The first day of the conference focused on Mobile Banking services for  customers. Jeff Dennes, SVP Chief Digita... [More]

Credit Scores: GPAs for Adults

by Wade Barnes 10. May 2011
Your credit score impacts every major (and some minor) purchase that you'll make during your lifetime. In regards to making a purchase that requires financing, (i.e. a house or car) your credit score can dictate the applied interest rate and in some occurrences, can prevent you from being eligible to receive financing at all. How about the impact on your career? Nowadays, many employers run credit checks before hiring. Do you want to own a car, buy a house, have a career and be an all-around sel... [More]

Maryland's Economy: There is Still Plenty of Reason for Concern, but the Reasons Have Changed

by Anirban Basu 15. April 2011
Focus Shifts from Growth to Inflation Economy Now Enjoys Self-Sustaining Momentum Coming into 2011, economists remained largely fixated on the inadequacy of demand for labor, housing, commercial real estate and other aspects of economic life. Economists have been busily pouring over reams of data regarding senior bank loan officer attitudes, consumer credit availability and other indicia of credit market thawing. The conventional wisdom has been that until banks begin lending more aggressively... [More]


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