Archives for April 2013

Wait on TBTF Reform? That’s Tempting Fate

I wholeheartedly agree that tough questions about the nation”s “too big to fail” problem needs to be discussed. This is a complex issue that affects not just Washington policymakers and Wall Street money-movers, but our entire financial system and communities nationwide. Therefore, we as a nation must discuss whether the costs of “too big to Read the Rest…

Wait on TBTF Reform? That's Tempting Fate

I wholeheartedly agree that tough questions about the nation”s “too big to fail” problem needs to be discussed. This is a complex issue that affects not just Washington policymakers and Wall Street money-movers, but our entire financial system and communities nationwide. Therefore, we as a nation must discuss whether the costs of “too big to Read the Rest…

Back to School: ICBA offers free access to its popular Online Education Center courses to help with staff compliance training

Recognizing the progressively more complicated regulatory compliance issues community banks are facing as a result of regulatory reform, ICBA is offering members access to 50 of its best online compliance courses at no cost, for six months. That’s free access to 50 compliance courses through the ICBA Online Education Center authored and monitored for updates Read the Rest…

Washington Watch: Simply Way Too Big

A lively “break ’em up” debate is buzzing in the nation’s capital Just a couple of months ago, few Washington observers would have expected that the problem of too-big-to-fail financial institutions would once again be a top priority of policymakers. But a funny thing happened on the way to the 113th Congress. Following comments from Read the Rest…

From the Top: Fighting for What’s Right

As a community banker in West Virginia, I would hope the furthest thing from my mind would be Wall Street. Like all community bankers, I’ve got plenty of other things to keep me busy—meeting with local customers and small-business owners, lending within my community of Franklin, W.Va., conferring with employees of the bank, dealing with Read the Rest…

Fine Points: Cause and Manifold Effects

Consider it a modern Newtonian banking principle of action and overreaction. For every arrogant, boneheaded or downright abusive misdeed by a megabank that’s uncovered, count on a disproportionately excessive and convoluted response from Washington, D.C. Though driven by manmade institutions rather than nature’s forces, this phenomenon has proven widely predictable over the years. It’s also Read the Rest…

Executive Director Update: April 3, 2013

The Legislature has decided to pay for the state building projects contained in HB 14, rather than bond them. The Appropriations Committee yesterday heard HB 14 again, and voted to support paying for the projects authorized therein with the so-called budget surplus funds. An issue that popped up recently involved involving concealed carry rights.  SB Read the Rest…

ICBA Backs Senate Bill Offering Relief from Municipal Advisor Mandate

Washington, D.C. (April 12, 2013)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) today expressed its support for legislation to exempt community banks from proposed regulations that would require community banks and their employees to register as municipal advisors with and be examined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Municipal Advisor Relief Act of 2013 (S. Read the Rest…

MIB Offers an FDIC Consumer Protection Workshop

MIB is partnering with the FDIC to offer an interactive workshop on Consumer Protection to Montana’s community banks! Consumer Protection – Emerging Issues and Best Practices Workshop June 18, 2013, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm  Holiday Inn, Bozeman, Montana This interactive workshop held by the FDIC involves discussion and tabletop exercises for various topics, such Read the Rest…

Executive Director Update: April 1, 2013

Please find below the list of bills and hearings for the coming week.  As expected, the legislative process has slowed down considerably since the transmittal break at the beginning of March. Of interest to the Association are: 1)            The Bonding bill – HB 14.  It’s my understanding that the bill will be killed, as the Read the Rest…

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