S7 E10: Dissecting Federal Preemption Laws, Citibank Dodges Consumer Protections, and Why We Don’t Have a National Fintech Charter

Alex Johnson
Alex Johnson
June 12, 2024

Summer’s almost here, and Kiah Haslett is braving the swarms of Tennessee cicadas to join Alex for another session of Bank Nerd Corner.

First up on the docket, Alex and Kiah tackle the Supreme Court’s decision on Cantero vs. Bank of America. Bank of America contests that they don’t have to pay interest on escrow accounts in accordance with federal law because hey, the state law says something different. But which law do federally chartered banks have to follow if both state and federal laws speak to the same conflict? Should banks be granted the freedom of choice? After all, it’s a free market, and that’s capitalism, baby!

And a big round of applause for Citibank for finding a new way to make consumers feel even less protected when it comes to making wire transfers. Alex and Kiah unpack the current case against the banking giant by several consumers (represented by New York state regulators) who have lost money to scammers after being locked out of their accounts. What legal loophole is Citibank using to defend itself from paying consumers back? And shouldn’t they be a wee bit more concerned about losing trust with their clients? 

Plus, Alex and Kiah ask some big questions, including why banks and regulators aren’t relying on real-time data more often and why fintech banks don’t have national charters. But more importantly, how much hubris do you have to have to rant about disrupting the banking industry while knowing absolutely nothing about it? Let’s rant about it!


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Alex Johnson
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