Hidden Costs for Banking Transactions You Must Eliminate

Hidden Costs for Banking Transactions


How profitable are your banking transactions? While the number of transactions is increasing at a steady rate for the modern bank, many of the transactions being carried out today are simply not profitable for the bank. The number of hidden costs associated with the transactions added to the overhead cost of facilitating those transacts eats the bank’s profits. If you are going to make a profit as a banking entity, you need to be able to find, and then eliminate, these costs. You also need to develop working strategies to handle the inevitable “zero revenue” transactions.

It’s important for banks to realize that most of the hidden costs are not cut­ and­ dried fees. They are the operated costs behind making the transaction. While you may pay $0.10 per mobile transaction, for example, you must realize the number of other costs you pay to complete that final transaction, including paying for the software, the people to run the software and the IT professionals who step in when the programming does not work. Here are some common types of transactions that have hidden costs that are eating your revenue.

Double Costs During Core Banking Renewal Periods

When you are making the transition between two core systems, you will often have a period of time when you are running two systems at the same time. This creates two parallel costs from the two parallel core systems. With separate software monitoring and reporting on the old and new programs, you end up with double the expenses.

How can you avoid these costs? When making the transition from an old core banking system to a new one, explore opportunities to use one monitoring system for both systems. Not only will this lower costs, but it also gives you more accurate results, as you will have the same type of data from both the old system and the new system.

Fees in Mobile Transactions

Today’s consumer demands an easy­ to ­use mobile experience, yet the customer ­facing experience is just a drop in the bucket of the entire mobile experience. The back­end processes can be quite complex and involve multiple systems in order to get back that transaction back to your bank. When implementing mobile transactions at your bank, make sure you understand all of the hidden handling costs across the process. This may go beyond the few cents advertised for the transaction by the service provider. Look for services with minimal handling costs and a good customer ­facing experience to make mobile banking both convenient for your customers and profitable for your bank.

Costs for Analytics

Your retail team relies on detailed reports to make wise sales decisions, but have you looked at how much those reports cost to produce? While not a fee, per se, these costs can limit your profits. Also, the labor ­intense processes often employed to create analytics can cause the data, which your retail professionals rely so strongly on, to be outdated and ineffective.

Finding more efficient ways to gather and use this data will help limit costs and increase productivity. Finding Problem Transactions Problem transactions are a costly fact for today’s banks. Sadly, the fees charged to the customer do not come close to covering the fees paid by the bank to track down the problem, in almost every instance. Add to this a marketing push to cut overdraft fees and fees for bounced checks, and you have a costly situation for the bank. Making this area of your bank more efficient will help cut down on the constant fees that make these problem transactions a true drain on your resources. This, in turn, will limit the number of zero revenue transactions your bank completes.

As a bank, you must learn to track down these hidden costs in order to remain competitive and profitable. Find, and then eliminate, these costs to make your bank as efficient and effective as possible.