July 31, 2013
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The Year of Banking M&A?  

Sold Analysts ambitiously predicted that 30 to 40 percent of U.S. banks would consolidate in the wake of the financial crisis, but, so far, the water has remained calm. Since 2008, the industry has only seen about 460 banks close nationwide and a similar number be acquired - a far cry from the analysts' steep predictions. Five months into 2013, the industry has seen fewer than 100 transactions close or reach definitive agreement (according to SNL Financial). What is going on? Read more>> 

Agencies Encourage Lenders to Work with Student Loan Borrowers
Prudent workout arrangements are consistent with safe and sound lending practices and are generally in the long-term best interest of both the financial institution and the borrower, the agencies said. Read more>>

Order Your Bank Directories   

2013 Bank Directory Logo BankNews Media is now taking pre-orders for the 2013 fall directories for Kansas, Missouri and Texas. Now available are directories for California, Florida, Maine, Montana/Wyoming and New England, as well as the spring directories for Kansas, Missouri and Texas. Click here to order.

ICBA Supports Bipartisan Senate Legislation That Promotes Regulatory Relief    

The regulatory-relief provisions in the bipartisan S. 1349 are part of ICBA's Plan for Prosperity legislative platform, which offers detailed policies to ease excessive, redundant and costly regulations to help community banks dedicate more of their resources to promoting economic growth. Read more>>
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Survival of Community Banks    

Crapo At a Senate Banking Committee examining the financial crisis' effect on community banks, Ranking Member Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, asks Lawrance L. Evans Jr., director of Financial Markets and Community Investment at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, what the FDIC can do to ensure that community banks - especially in rural areas - survive. To watch this featured video on the BankNews home page, click here>>.
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ABA: Bill Takes First Step Toward Limiting Government's Role in Mortgage Market
The American Bankers Association has testified that the recently introduced Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act (S. 1217) is a positive first step toward creating a sustainable, rational and limited role for the federal government in supporting and regulating a healthy mortgage market predominated by the private sector. Read more>>
Deadline to Enter the Green Leaf Award Is Tomorrow!
Green Leaf 2013
The Green Leaf Award, sponsored by BankNews magazine, recognizes community financial institutions nationwide helping to improve their communities through cooperation and participation in programs and projects; and, at the same time, contributing to a better environment through policies, programs and technology. The Green Leaf Award is open to all community financial institutions. Read more>>
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