Meeting Coverage

Expert: Fintech buys of banks pose major threat to industry

The trend of fintech investor groups purchasing small banks is a “game-changer” for the financial industry, said Curtis Carpenter, Hovde Group Senior Managing Director, Oct. 3 during the Bank Holding Company Association’s annual fall seminar in Bloomington, Minn. [Continue]

CRA reform proposal spurs debate on lending issues

Advocates who follow lending issues are divided about the likely impact of the proposed revisions to the Community Reinvestment Act. Some who see its potential to expand credit to currently underserved groups are calling the proposal an opportunity of a lifetime; others, who say the proposal fails to promote racial equity, characterize it as a missed opportunity. The current reform proposal, which is soliciting public comments until August 5, will look more closely at the income of borrowers, consider small business lending with a special focus on loans to very small businesses, compare exam findings with so-called “section 1071” data collected by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and take steps to increase credit availability to areas currently considered credit deserts. [Continue]

Leaders of family-held banks discuss operations

Three longtime leaders of family-held banks discussed the approaches they take to their positions and how they plan to keep their banks running in a panel at the Bank Holding Company Association’s Spring Seminar at Omni Viking Lakes Hotel in Eagan, Minn.  [Continue]

More bankers embrace crypto as industry continues growth

Banks should only explore entering the crypto market after properly understanding the industry’s risks and undertaking necessary due diligence, according to a presentation from Wipfli LLP Principal Marcie Bomberg-Montoya and NYDIG Relationships Manager Tammy Bangs during the Spring Seminar of the Bank Holding Company Association.  [Continue]

Economist: Limited recession likely

Economist Elliot Eisenberg said the United States will likely enter a recession. He expects the downturn to last less than a year, however, and not be as severe as the Great Recession. [Continue]