Independent in Mass. to gain wealth management assets from MNB deal


The company will also acquire three branches in Worcester County, Mass., when it buys the parent of Milford National Bank and Trust.


United Financial in Conn. to enter new markets with branch purchase


The company will snag its first branches in three towns in Connecticut and Rhode Island after buying locations from Webster Financial.


Benefits of beta: Small banks look past risk in pairing with startups


While working with new fintechs carries some risk, it can also provide community banks with an affordable way to upgrade products and technology.


Trade pact: U.S. and U.K. savings banks share tips, challenges


Call it mutual respect. Bankers from mutually owned British building societies and similarly structured U.S. thrifts recently gathered in New England to address common challenges and share ideas about staying relevant at a time of rapid change in financial services. Here are the takeaways from their meetings.


Technophobes vs. technophiles: Community bankers divided on digital


Fill a room with bankers and you'll hear a wide range of views on technology's role in their business.


Auto lending scrutiny: Will states pick up where CFPB left off?


Auto lenders would be well advised to keep up their guard as states — particularly blue ones — take steps of their own to crack down on what they see as abusive practices.


Group aims to form first new bank in Mass. in decade


Green Apple Bank & Trust, which recently filed an application with regulators, plans to open in the western part of the state by the end of this year.


Salem Five expanding in northern Mass. with Sage Bank purchase


The Boston-area bank will add branches near New Hampshire after buying the cooperative bank.


LendingClub settles with Mass. banking regulator for $2M


The state’s banking regulator said that the online consumer lender made over 46,000 small loans to Bay State consumers without a license. The company surrendered its license to the state regulator as part of a 2011 consent order.


What’s driving the push for more public banks?


Only North Dakota has its own state-owned bank, but policymakers in other states say more public banks are necessary to fully meet society's needs. Among those who proponents say would benefit the most: small-business owners and legal marijuana suppliers and distributors.