Terry Badger
Aug 3, 2021

Michael Innis-Thompson, the head of community lending at TD Bank, joins us to talk about TD's $105-million fund to help minority-owned small businesses and an even bolder initiative that the bank is undertaking.

It may surprise banks and credit unions to know that they are seen by some as high emitters of climate-altering carbon. Emily Kreps, global director for capital markets at CDP Worldwide, explains the thinking behind the high-emitter status, and what bankers can do to change it.

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After more than a year of extreme stress and uncertainty, America’s small businesses are gathering momentum in a bustling economy. Patrick Smith, head of small business banking at Santander Bank, joins us to offer his thoughts on what small businesses need most from their banks now, and how best to deliver it to them.

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Banks and credit unions can work with small-business customers to help them minimize the risk and deal with the outsized impact of scams and schemes.

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The government created the program to assist struggling businesses, and it is the responsibility of bankers to help them access the funds.

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Community lenders have an opportunity to quickly and responsibly help those struggling by making the best use of the SBA tools at their disposal.

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In the forgiveness phase, the challenge of processing and adjudicating the applications is shaping up to be more complex than the lending phase.

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A strong execution strategy can help banks from being overwhelmed, as well as create efficiencies for the institution and a better experience for customers.

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Interest rate hedging solutions may help smaller financial institutions compete with larger rivals while offering greater flexibility to borrowers.

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The Paycheck Protection Program worked to some degree, but the length and breadth of the pandemic requires a broader approach.

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