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A Conversation with Chris Nichols Chris Nichols is the director of capital markets at SouthState Corp., a $41 billion bank based in Winter Haven, Florida, where he writes the “Banker to Banker” blog on cutting edge issues in banking. The following interview is edited for clarity, brevity and flow. What’s the most interesting thing you’re thinking about right now? A lot of banks are rolling out cryptocurrency programs right now that have never looked at the underlying blockchain and are even naysayers of it. But for someone who’s a naysayer of it now, after they start looking into it, there’s…

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John Maxfield


John Maxfield is a freelance writer for Bank Director magazine. He was previously the senior banking specialist at The Motley Fool. He regularly writes for Bank Director magazine and BankDirector.com. His work has been syndicated widely to national publications including USA Today, Time and Business Insider, and he’s been a regular guest on CNBC. John has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lewis & Clark College and a juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University. He’s a licensed attorney in the State of Oregon.


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