A new analysis conducted by Novantas demonstrates the dominance of U.S. national banks that are picking up deposits even as they close branches.
The recent wave of industry mergers is bound to have many implications for U.S. banks, but one of the most significant is that it will accelerate the shuttering of branches across the country. The industry still has way too much capacity, and mergers — especially those with overlapping networks — provide an opportunity to eliminate capacity and improve efficiency.
Steve Scruggs is the director of research and senior portfolio manager for Bragg Financial Advisors and also serves as the primary portfolio manager for the firm’s two mutual funds. The Novantas Review recently talked with Steve about his views on the banking industry.