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Wisconsin bank profits increase in third quarter
WBA Banker News Clips for November 26, 2014
Profits at Wisconsin banks rose about 7% in the third quarter as lending increased and the condition of loan portfolios improved, a report released Tuesday shows. The 252 banks headquartered in the state posted total income of $255.7 million in...

Duffy to target financial regulators in new post
WBA Banker News Clips for November 25, 2014
Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy was appointed the new chairman of a subcommittee overseeing financial services on Nov. 20, and he's already got an administration program in his sights. The Wausau Republican, who will take over the Oversight and...

WBA Statement on FDIC Quarterly Report
WBA Press Release, November 25, 2014
“Wisconsin’s banks play a critical role as an economic driver so it is good news for the Badger State that we saw a robust 14 percent increase in commercial lending over the past year. As a whole...

WBA Responds to Banking Industry Dishonesty Study
WBA Executive Letter November 25, 2014
“The banking industry seems to bring out dishonesty in people…” was the opening sentence in a recent AP article which the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran regarding a study by

Wisconsin trusts its banks
WBA Banker News Clips for November 24, 2014
WBA President and CEO Rose Oswald Poels recently submitted a letter to the editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlighting the trust consumers have in Wisconsin's banking industry. The letter also demonstrates how that trust has been earned...

Wisconsin Banker
December 2014
Featured articles include: Harness the Silver Lining of Compliance; Gear Up Your Bank's Wealth Management Services; What November's Election Results Mean for Banks...

Welcome to your pre-Thanksgiving Edition of The Pundit!
The Pundit, November 21, 2014
What Goes On Between Election Day and Inauguration Day?; Duffy Named Subcommittee Chairman; WBA Writes Congress on Data Breaches; Gold Triangle Club Banks Of 2014; 2015 Supreme Court Race; 2016 Scuttlebutt; The Pundit Quote

Trust is the Foundation of Wisconsin Banking
WBA Letter to the Editor, November 20, 2014
The banking industry is built on trust, especially in Wisconsin where most institutions are locally owned and have very strong ties to the community. That trust comes from consumers and their bankers building relationships based on consistent...

Existing home sales continue to pick up pace
WBA Banker News Clips for November 21, 2014
Sales of existing homes rose to an adjusted annual rate of 5.26 million in October, the highest pace since September 2013. That's according to the National Association of Realtors, which attributed the increase to low interest rates, more...

Compliance Journal
Novemeber 2014
Read “Special Focus” for an article regarding CFPB’s final rule which amends its ATR/QM requirements to allow creditors to cure excess points and fees charged in connection with a QM loan in specified circumstances. Read a second article...

Retailers "Aren't Investing Enough in Security": An Interview with Rose Oswald Poels
WBA Banker News Clips for November 20, 2014
This year has seen an unprecedented number of retail breaches. We have heard the story; retail store hacked through point-of-sale terminals, X number of cards were compromised. What doesn't get talked about nearly enough in my opinion are the...

Keep Your Money Safe This Holiday Shopping Season
WBA Consumer Column for November 20, 2014
With Black Friday just around the corner, it's time to gear up for holiday shopping. You've set your budget, made your list and checked it twice, so what are you forgetting? With more and more data breaches and fraud occurring in retail...

Statement on Congressman Ryan’s Election to Chair of House Ways and Means Committee
WBA Press Release, November 19, 2014
WBA congratulates Congressman Paul Ryan on being selected Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Ryan to chair powerful House committee
WBA Banker News Clips for November 19, 2014
House Republican leaders chose Paul Ryan on Tuesday to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years, giving him a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond. Ryan, the party's vice...

FDIC Seeks the Cost of Compliance from WI Bankers
WBA Executive Letter November 18, 2014
The FDIC has directed the WBA to solicit information from its membership regarding the impact of regulation and the cost to comply for Wisconsin's banks. The survey consists of six questions that break down the cost of compliance. FDIC...

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