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Cyber Attacks

Protect Your Bank (And Customers) From Cyber Attack

Bank robbery has been happening as long as there have been banks.  But today’s robbers use keyboards instead of pistols and ski masks. The biggest bank heists aren’t a single hacker emptying your granny’s bank account from his basement.  Cyber-attacks are highly organized, systematic, and brutal. Imagine a massive bank that holds the commercial loans of …

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Validis French Connection

The Validis French Connection

Validis Staff Interviewby Sheena VanDeVanter When I first met Geraldine Peyer, Sr. Customer Support Specialist at Validis, I was immediately taken by her charming French accent.  Overhearing her on the phone was more like listening to lilting poetry than detailed technical support, something she provides to our clients on a daily basis. I recently had the …

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Accounting data

What’s Better Than Alternative Data? Accounting Data.

Today, we hear about newer, cutting-edge “alternative data” categories like social behavior. While these new data types certainly have value, accounting data can provide a deep level of insight into an SME, enabling lenders to offer higher value, personalized services to potential customers and build a satisfied, loyal client-base. The daily decisions and transactions a small business …

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data sharing apis

How Financial Data Sharing APIs Are Helping Financial Institutions Support the Growing SMB Lending Market

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy and present a big opportunity for financial institutions, particularly now. Despite years of sluggish growth, we’re currently seeing steady increases in entrepreneurship with signs of continued growth ahead. In fact, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index soared to 108.8 in August – a new record in …

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traditional vs non-traditional lenders

Traditional vs Non-Traditional Lenders – Who is Winning and Why?

In today’s commercial lending landscape online lenders continue to gain ground over traditional banks.  Small and medium sized business owners are hungry for capital and would often rather pay a higher rate for a quick turnaround (as is typical of digital lenders) than a better interest rate but with a lengthy application process. Usually they are …

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Efficient SMB Lending

Taking SMB Lending From Inefficient to Effective

Historically, business lending has been riddled with manual, labor-intensive processes, taking anywhere from 35 to more than 120 days to complete. The process typically starts with the lender requesting a mile-long list of financial reports, including balance sheets and financial statements, bank statements, tax returns, accounts payable and receivable, details about the vendors on those …

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