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Community banking a year after Silicon Valley Bank failure

/ Opinion
By embracing transparency, diversification, innovation, and a customer-centric approach, community banks can actually become stronger and more integral to the U.S. financial system ...
Security experts: Community banks must guard against cyber attacks

Security experts: Community banks must guard against cyber attacks

/ State Meetings
Community banks, though relatively small, are attractive targets for cyber criminals as “low-hanging fruit,” said Banking Superintendent James Johnson  on ...
Fines, fees and votes

Fines, fees and votes

/ Opinion
Price fixing is always political and it is nearly impossible to miss the partisan motivation behind this anti-competitive price cap ...
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Lifelong Iowan’s service ethic informs role as state’s top regulator

/ People
Recently, Iowa Superintendent of Banking James Johnson talked about the condition of Iowa banks and the challenges facing bankers ...

Chronicles

Rise in vehicle production sparks strong manufacturing output

/ Chronicles
Manufacturing output increased a half-percent in March amid a 3 percent rise in motor vehicle and parts production, according to ...

Housing numbers fall as interest rates remain high

/ Chronicles
Housing numbers fell last month amid high interest rates and a shortage of existing stock, according to the U.S. Census ...

Wintrust Financial acquiring Michigan bank in $510 million deal

/ Chronicles
Rosemont, Ill.-based Wintrust Financial Corp. is acquiring Holland, Mich.-based Macatawa Bank Corp. in a $510 million, all-stock transaction.  ...

Consumer sentiment stagnant for fourth straight month

/ Chronicles
Consumer sentiment was stagnant for the fourth straight month in March, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers ...

Credit outlook improves as soft landing odds grow

/ Chronicles
Bank economists are growing increasingly optimistic about chances for a soft economic landing, according to the ABA Credit Conditions Index ...

Court dismisses MBA lawsuit over NSF fees

/ Chronicles
A 2023 lawsuit, which pitted the Minnesota Bankers Association and one of its member banks against the FDIC, was dismissed ...

People

Foresight Financial Group names president, chief banking officer

/ Promotions & New Hires
Winnebago, Ill.-based Foresight Financial Group added Jeffrey Hultman as president and chief banking officer.  ...

First National Bank and Trust hires VP, commercial banking officer

/ Promotions & New Hires
Beloit, Wis.-based First National Bank and Trust Co. hired Greg Lundquist as vice president, commercial banking officer.  ...

North Shore Bank CEO appointed to Wisconsin Banking Review Board

/ People
North Shore Bank President and CEO Jay McKenna was appointed to serve as a professional member on the Banking Review ...

Opinion

A case for the bank branch

/ Opinion
Community bankers have been hearing for years about the decline of branch banking and the need to shift more services ...

Greatness contemplated

/ Opinion
“Resistance is the catalyst to greatness.” I have been thinking a lot about that statement, shared by Lt. Col. Dan ...

Tackling the commercial real estate downturn

/ Operations
Jay Blandford, CEO of Austin, Texas-based community financial institution advisor Abrigo, shared his written views on the state of commercial ...

Community Relations

One Community Bank donates $15K to nonprofit

/ Community Relations
Oregon, Wis.-based One Community Bank expanded its support to nonprofit Just One International this year with a $15,000 donation.  ...

FHLB Des Moines, First Interstate Bank donate $2.5 million to nonprofits

/ Community Relations
Billings, Mont.-based First Interstate Bank partnered with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines to donate more than $2.5 ...

Gate City Bank, FHLB Des Moines donate to local affordable housing groups

/ Community Relations
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and Fargo, N.D.-based Gate City Bank donated $850,000 last month to Fargo-based ...