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Search underway for next ABA leader
WBA Banker News Clips for February 27, 2015
Time sure flies! It seems like just a few days ago I was sitting down with Frank Keating to talk about his new job at the American Bankers Association. Well, that was four years ago, about a month after the former governor of Oklahoma became ABA...

The Wisconsin banks with biggest profits, losses in 2014
WBA Banker News Clips for February 26, 2015
More banks saw net profits than losses in southeastern Wisconsin for 2014, according to the latest numbers from the FDIC. Overall, Wisconsin banks added to their deposits, broadened their loan portfolios and reduced their problem loans.

Profits decline for Wisconsin banks
WBA Banker News Clips for February 25, 2015
Wisconsin banks added to their deposits, broadened their loan portfolios, and reduced their problem loans but the state's banks, as a whole, declined in profitability in 2014 compared to the year before. Wisconsin banks are not bringing in as...

WBA Statement on FDIC 4th Quarter Numbers
WBA Press Release, February 24, 2015
“Wisconsin’s diverse banking industry enhanced its support of the state’s businesses and consumers as lending grew to over $70 billion in the past year...

Lawmakers have yet to scratch surface on Scott Walker budget changes
WBA Banker News Clips for February 24, 2015
With Scott Walker weighing a presidential run, lawmakers considering a controversial union bill, and state universities staring down a $300 million cut, some of the major changes in the governor's budget proposal aren't getting much ink.

WBA Seeking Member Feedback on DFI Merger
WBA Executive Letter February 24, 2015
WBA continues to be in contact with Governor Scott Walker’s administration since he introduced the 2015-2017 state budget bill with a provision that merges...

Compliance Journal
February 2015
Read “Special Focus” for an overview of policies FEMA will implement to modify Biggert-Waters in April. Next, turn to “Regulatory Spotlight” for CFPB’s proposed rule to amend small creditors and rural and underserved areas rules under...

Publicly traded banks begin year with strength
WBA Banker News Clips for February 23, 2015
Most of the publicly traded banks that are based in or do substantial business in southeastern Wisconsin are kicking off 2015 with impressive balance sheets. Brown Deer-based Bank Mutual Corp. began the year by reporting fourth quarter net...

Bangor banker honored for half a century
WBA Banker News Clips for February 20, 2015
After 51 years of service, Bangor banker Arlan Schmidt was celebrated by the Wisconsin Bankers Association for his dedication to the community and the...

Milwaukee officials hail court ruling on 'zombie' properties
WBA Banker News Clips for February 19, 2015
The Wisconsin Supreme Court this week gave Milwaukee officials a new weapon in the ongoing fight against zombie homes - the abandoned foreclosed properties that attract criminals, drive down property values and add blight to struggling...

WI Supreme Court Says Bank Must Sell Abandoned Foreclosure Property Within a Reasonable Time
The Pundit, February 19, 2015
WI Supreme Court Rules on Abandoned Foreclosure Property Case; Walker Makes Huge Cabinet Changes; Work on a Successful 2015-2016 Session has Begun; Be on the Lookout for your Fundraising Packets; Grassroots Advocacy Efforts Coming Up Soon;...

Effective Ways to Build Your Credit Score
WBA Consumer Column for February 19, 2015
If you ever plan on making a large purchase - such as a car, house, or large luxury purchase - building credit is essential. For younger consumers, or consumers who have a short credit history (or no credit history), building credit and raising...

Court Says Bank Must Sell Foreclosure Property Within a Reasonable Time if Abandoned
WBA Banker News Clips for February 18, 2015
Circuit courts must order mortgagee banks to sell foreclosed and abandoned property, known as "walkaway" foreclosures, within a reasonable time after obtaining a foreclosure judgment, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled. In Bank of New York...

Summit Credit Union and Educational Employees Credit Union plan merger
WBA Banker News Clips for February 17, 2015
Summit Credit Union and the Educational Employees Credit Union plan to merge, according to a news release authored by both organizations. The Educational Employees Credit Union board of directors and management staff unanimously selected Summit...

WBA Ramps Up Advocacy as Legislative Session Begins
WBA Executive Letter February 17, 2015
On Feb. 11, Todd Nagel, CEO of River Valley Bank, Wausau and current chair of the WBA Government Relations Committee, appeared before the Assembly Committee on Financial Institutions to introduce the seven new committee members to WBA.

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