Three community bankers on how to balance tech, high-touch, costs


These execs say they are finding ways to reduce fixed costs in areas such as branching and personnel, offer appealing tech, yet provide in-person services when customers have concerns.


Why some states are losing more banks than others


Arizona, Nevada, Florida and North Carolina have lost more banks than other states, based on the percentage decline since 2010. Each has a unique set of reasons that goes beyond regulation and a dearth of de novo activity.


Is Home Bancshares pressing luck in Florida with deal No. 13?


The Arkansas company has bought 12 banks in Florida since 2010, and its CEO said he had coveted Stonegate for years before agreeing to buy it this week. Yet there is nagging talk about a new bubble in the Sunshine State.


Capital Bank Financial said to weigh a sale after approach


Capital Bank Financial in Charlotte is working with advisers to explore a sale after receiving an unsolicited approach, people familiar with the matter said.


Will C&I clients make South Florida worth the risk for Iberia?


Iberiabank is making the biggest deal in its history in Miami, an area known for boom-bust cycles and a condo market that stung banks during the crisis.


U.S. Century in Miami will need new chairman after latest Labor Secretary nomination


Alex Acosta played an instrumental role helping the bank raise capital and emerge from a 2011 regulatory order.


Can speed help make small-business loans profitable?


With loans of $100,000 or less, the typical bank breaks even or loses money. But one Florida community bank is betting faster turnaround times on small-business loans can help the bottom line.


Florida Banker Gets Prison Time for Role in Scott Rothstein Fraud


A Florida banker will spend 2 1/2 years in prison following his conviction for helping Scott Rothstein operate a $1 billion-plus Ponzi scheme.


Scott Rothstein’s Jeweler Settles Lawsuit

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In this July 27, 2009 photo, Scott Rothstein is shown in his former office.

The Florida jeweler that kept Ponzi-scheme operator Scott Ro