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Op-Ed in Fortune: The Hidden Price of Cashless Retail

Date: 3 Apr 2019 | posted in: Banking, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Fortune, we detail the growing cashless retail trend, steps cities and states are taking to regulate it, and the ultimate effect monopoly credit card companies like Visa and Mastercard have on small businesses and the economy at large.… Read More

Small Banks, Big Benefits (Episode 16)

Date: 13 Apr 2017 | posted in: Banking, Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, our guest is Justin Dahlheimer, president of a community bank in west-central Minnesota. Justin and our hosts discuss the benefits of community banking, and how banks lend differently when they have a vested stake in their community.… Read More

How One State Escaped Wall Street’s Rule and Created a Banking System That’s 83% Locally Owned

Date: 1 Sep 2015 | posted in: Banking | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

North Dakota has a different kind of banking sector than the rest of the country does, with six times as many locally owned financial institutions per person as the rest of the U.S., and local institutions controlling 83 percent of the market. What is North Dakota doing differently? A lot of the answer is the Bank of North Dakota.… Read More

Why Glass-Steagall Should Be a Key Issue During the 2016 Campaign

Date: 17 Jul 2015 | posted in: Banking | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a 2016 campaign season already dominated by candidates’ pursuit of Wall Street donations, how to regulate the banking sector remains one of the most pressing issues facing the country. The Glass-Steagall Act is becoming, and should remain, a key part of the debate.… Read More

Public Banks: Bank of North Dakota

The state-owned Bank of North Dakota operates as a kind wholesale bank by offering partnership loans that effectively expand the lending capacity of local banks and credit unions. Thanks in large part to BND, North Dakota has the largest number of local banks and credit unions per capita of any state, and these local financial institutions account for a remarkable 83 percent of the market. Our research shows that having a robust local banking system pays off in big ways for North Dakota, including by providing a significantly higher volume of loans to finance local businesses and farms. … Read More

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