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FDIC Podcast

By speaking with thought leaders and experts in finance, the FDIC Podcast aspires to untangle the myths and mystery of the banking world, and to shed light on how every family can become part of the financial fabric of this country.
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Deposit Insurance Explained (Part One)
Federal deposit insurance is at the heart of FDIC’s mission. But who is protected and what products are covered by deposit insurance? FDIC’s Chief of Deposit Insurance Martin Becker answers some of the frequently asked questions about what deposit insurance is…and what it isn’t.
August 17, 2022
The Risks of Banking
In the banking world, risk is a fact of life. Identifying and managing those risks are critical functions of bankers and bank regulators alike. But what are the risks to our banks? In our latest episode of the FDIC Podcast, we break down the potential challenges for the banking system —from rising interest rates and inflation to cyber threats, illicit activity and climate-related risks. We invite you to listen as FDIC researchers Kathy Kalser and Krishna Patel discuss the new 2022 Risk Review, our latest comprehensive summary of the emerging risks to FDIC-insured institutions and the FDIC’s Deposit Insurance Fund.
July 21, 2022
The Impact of Minority Banks
In the history of  our country, minority banks were created to serve people and places that were denied access to the mainstream banking system. Today, these banks are still making a big impact in communities of color. Nicole Elam of the National Bankers Association and economists Karyen Chu and Kristen Broady discuss how these institutions are ‘punching above their weight’ in 2022.
June 17, 2022
Banking in Indian Country
In this episode of the FDIC Podcast, we look at banking in Indian Country with two bankers who lead Native-owned and operated institutions and who work and lend in communities, where if not for these banks, there may not be a bank at all —Tom Ogaard of Native American Bank and Susan Plumb of Bank of Cherokee County.
May 18, 2022
Looking Back on 2021
In this episode of the FDIC Podcast, we look back on 2021 to see how our nation’s banks fared in a year that was still very much impacted a global pandemic and its economic consequences. FDIC senior financial analysts Pat Mitchell and Meg Hanrahan break down the latest annual report card on the condition of the U.S. banking system.
March 08, 2022
Minority and Community Development Banking
In the first episode ofour new series, Banking on Inclusion, the FDIC’s Betty Rudolph and Nicole Elam of the National Bankers Association explore the world of Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). These ‘mission-driven banks’ play an outsized role in the economic life of the communities they serve.
February 15, 2022
Reflections from Chairman McWilliams
In this episode of the FDIC Podcast, we sit down for a final time with departing Chairman Jelena McWilliams to reflect upon her tenure leading the FDIC during a challenging time for our financial system.
February 03, 2022
The Fairness of Fintech
With the explosion of financial technology in the marketplace, how can we make certain that as our banking system adopts these new technologies, it remains inclusive and accessible to everyone, including the UN-banked? In this episode, FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji discusses the ‘fairness of Fintech’ with Chris Brummer, director of Georgetown University's Institute of International Economic Law.
January 27, 2022
Verifying Identity in a Digital World
In an increasingly digital world, how can banks make certain their customers are who they say they are? FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji discusses how the FDIC and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) are working to improve digital identification, reduce identity-related crime, and preserve confidence in the digital banking environment.
January 12, 2022
A Woman of Many Firsts
Born in a small Texas town, Arleas Upton Kea came to the FDIC nearly 40 years ago as a young attorney and rose through the agency’s senior ranks in good times and during moments of crisis.  Meet Arleas and her incredible legacy of public service.
December 15, 2021
The Future of Commercial Real Estate
In our post-pandemic world, will there be lasting impacts to the commercial real estate sector? The FDIC’s Bob DiChara joins three community bankers who examine of how commercial real estate is trending where they are —John Buran, Flushing Bank in Uniondale, New York; Jim Edwards, United Bank in Griffin, Georgia; and Joanne Kim, Commonwealth Business Bank in Los Angeles.
November 17, 2021
Supporting Mission-Driven Banks
All across our nation, minority banks and community development financial institutions work and lend in lower income communities where, if not for these banks, there would be no banking presence at all. FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams recently launched a first-of-its kind investment fund to support these banks. It’s called the Mission-Driven Bank Fund. In this episode, Chairman McWilliams speaks with two of the Fund’s anchor investors—Microsoft’s Anita Mehra and Truist Financial Corporation CEO William H. Rogers, Sr.
November 04, 2021
The Age of Quantum Banking
In an age when technology is changing our lives in so many ways, the FDIC Podcast looks ahead into the not too distant future to imagine how quantum computing may open a new frontier in how our banks operate. FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji is joined by three of the nation’s leading minds in quantum computing from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering: Dr. Jimmie Lenz,  Dr. Jungsang Kim and Dr. Chris Monroe.
October 21, 2021
A Look Back at Bank Failures and Deposit Insurance in the U.S. (Part Two)
In part two of this special episode of the FDIC Podcast, we continue our historical look back on the financial crises that shaped how our banking and financial systems operate today.  Art Murton, Deputy to the Chairman for Financial Stability, picks up where we left off in part one —the collapse of the nation’s savings and loans in the 1980s.
September 23, 2021
A Look Back at Bank Failures and Deposit Insurance in the U.S. (Part One)
In a two-part episode of the FDIC Podcast, we take a trip down memory lane to recall some of the recent (and not so recent) financial crises, how we recovered from those disruption, and what that means for us today.  In his more than 35 years at the FDIC, Art Murton, Deputy to the Chairman for Financial Stability,  has seen it all. Since joining the agency as an economist in 1986, Art has had a front row seat for all the ups and downs in the banking and financial sectors.
September 09, 2021
Protecting the Banking System
When it comes to malicious cyber attacks against our financial system, how prepared are our nation’s banks? FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji sits down with Tim Maurer, Senior Counselor for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Together, they discuss what banks must do to defend themselves and how should they plan for recovering from these attacks should they occur?
August 19, 2021
All About Risk
Risk is all around us. The FDIC recently published its latest comprehensive summary of emerging risks in the U.S. banking system.  FDIC researchers Krishna Patel and Kathy Kalser sit down for a conversation focusing on the risks facing our nation’s banks.
August 10, 2021
Building a More Resilient Banking System
Today, our nation’s banks are confronting a number of emerging threats.  FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji sits down with former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to address resilience in the banking system.  What is resilience?  As Sec. Chertoff put it, “the ability to take a punch and get back up on your feet.”
July 21, 2021
Engineering Innovation in the Banking System
Everyone is talking about innovation in banking these days, but what is being done to engineer innovation into our banking sector? FDIC’s Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji sits down with Jimmie Lenz of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering to discuss how to build the banking system of the future.
June 29, 2021
Banking the unbanked
Most of us have at least one bank or credit union account to help manage our money but millions of people are ‘unbanked,’ forced to rely on a patchwork of higher cost financial products and services outside of the regulated banking space. The FDIC’s Leonard Chanin and Jonathan Mintz of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund discuss why it is so important to bring unbanked families into our financial system.
June 29, 2021
Driving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Three words are increasingly becoming part of our national conversation —diversity, equity and inclusion.  FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams and Nikita Pearson, Director of the FDIC’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, discuss how to turn these aspirational words into something tangible to benefit those historically disconnected from our banking system.
May 10, 2021
Special Series: "Banking on Innovation"
Today, it's no longer a question of whether to innovate —Innovation is a fact of life. In the first episode of a special series of the FDIC Podcast, FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams and Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Mehgji discuss how innovation can drive a safer, resilient and more inclusive financial system. 
April 14, 2021
Banking Down on the Farm
The agricultural sector is a big piece of our nation’s economy and the fortunes of farmers are also tied closely to the health of the global economy. FDIC Researchers John Anderlik and Rich Cofer take us down on the farm to understand the ups and downs of farming and the farm banks that serve this sector.
March 16, 2021
Looking Back on 2020
Last year was a year most of us would gladly forget. The global pandemic turned our personal and economic lives upside down —but how did our banks fare and how did our banking system hold up?  Pat Mitchell and Meg Hanrahan, two senior FDIC financial analysts, look back on 2020 and how our nation’s banks navigated the storm.
March 02, 2021
Reimagining America’s Banking System
Technology is transforming the banking landscape, offering both opportunities and challenges for banks, regulators and consumers. FDIC’s first-ever Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji looks at how artificial intelligence and quantum computing are fundamentally reshaping our banking ecosystem.
February 16, 2021
The State of the Nation's Community Banks
There are more than 5,000 banks in the U.S. and while some may be household names, most are smaller institutions offering capital and financial services within their communities. The FDIC’s Diane Ellis and Shayna Olesiuk explore the just-released 2020 Community Banking Study which looks at the state of the nation’s community banks and the critical role they play in our broader economy.
January 25, 2021
Community Banks and the Paycheck Protection Program
During the current global pandemic, how are the nation’s community banks performing in extending credit to struggling small businesses through the Small Business Administration’s  Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)? The FDIC’s Diane Ellis and Angela Hinton discuss new evidence that reveals the deep roots community banks have into the nation’s small business sector.
November 19, 2020
How America Banks
We bank very differently than we used to. Rather than visiting a bank teller, most U.S. households are banking online or using their personal electronic devices. In this episode of the FDIC Podcast, economist Karyen Chu discusses the results of the FDIC’s 2019 ‘How America Banks’ Survey.
October 21, 2020
Keeping Up With Technology
There is a technological wave sweeping over our banking system, changing how banks operate and even how we bank.  In this episode, Brandon Milhorn discusses an FDIC effort to promote the adoption of new technology as a means to ensure everyone can participate in the financial life of this country.
September 21, 2020
Understanding Your Credit Score
What's in a number? When it comes to your credit score, a lot! The FDIC's Leonard Chanin examines what goes into your credit score and why it matters so much in your financial life.
August 24, 2020
The Role of Minority Banks
Alden McDonald, President and CEO of Liberty Bank, an African American owned and managed bank, joins us to talk about the critical role of Minority Depository Institutions in our nation’s banking system and how they serve the financial needs of communities of color.
July 23, 2020
The State of Banking
Against the backdrop of the global public health emergency, Chairman Jelena McWilliams discusses the state of banking in the United States, and the efforts of the FDIC and other regulators to ensure banks are best positioned to aid in the nation’s economic recovery.
June 20, 2020
Introducing the FDIC Podcast!
By speaking with thought leaders and experts in finance, the FDIC Podcast aspires to untangle the myths and mystery of the banking world, and to shed light on how every family can become part of the financial fabric of this country.
June 20, 2020