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Small businesses expect flat economy over next 12 months
WBA Banker News Clips for July 30, 2015
More than half of small business owners expect the economy to be flat over the next 12 months, according to a survey conducted this summer by the National Small Business Association. That compares with 28 percent who expect the economy to grow...

Legislature approves Milwaukee Bucks arena deal
WBA Banker News Clips for July 29, 2015
The Wisconsin state Assembly voted on July 28 to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a deal that both Republicans and Democrats lauded as good for the state and city. No one spoke against the measure, which...

WBA, State Bankers Associations Challenge NCUA Expansion Plans
WBA Executive Letter July 28, 2015
WBA and other state bankers associations last week wrote to Congress urging them to further investigate NCUA and its efforts to subvert congressional intent. The letter challenged NCUA’s plans to...

Congress ends SBA loan shutdown by raising annual lending cap
WBA Banker News Clips for July 28, 2015
The Small Business Administration can resume lending to small businesses through its flagship 7(a) loan program now that Congress has raised the program's authorization level. The SBA was forced to suspend 7(a) lending on July 23 after the...

Special Edition Consumer Column: Counterfeit Credit Card Fraud
WBA Consumer Column for July 28, 2015
Banking experts are reporting an increase in counterfeit card fraud in Wisconsin, which most likely means many criminals are stockpiling their counterfeit cards in advance of that deadline. Experts predict this trend will only increase over the...

Welcome to the latest edition of The Pundit!
The Pundit for July 27, 2015
WBA Organizes Foreclosure Meeting with City of Milwaukee; Act Now to Prevent Expansion of CU Business Lending; DFI Announces Management Changes; Considering Federal Reserve Dividend Cuts, Senate Debates Highway Spending Bill; Shelby Reg Relief...

Dodd-Frank, Community Bank Decline, And The Effect On U.S. Cities And Towns
WBA Banker News Clips for July 27, 2015
It has been 5 years since Dodd-Frank's passage, and over that time, the 2,300-page bill has been a living monument to the downsides of regulation. Quickly passed in 2010 after the financial crisis, and without bipartisan support, the bill's mix...

Are nontraditional lenders mortgaging the future?
WBA Banker News Clips for July 24, 2015
Nontraditional lenders are taking a larger share of the home mortgage market away from banks, according to a Harvard University study, but what does that mean for the national, state, and local housing markets - especially with reports that...

Existing home sales at highest level since 2007; prices hit all-time high
WBA Banker News Clips for July 23, 2015
Sales of existing homes rose to their highest level since 2007 in June, and the median sales price hit an all-time high. That's according to the National Association of Realtors, which reported that existing home sales increased 3.2 percent in...

Interest Rates on the Rise: What Does That Mean for Consumers?
WBA Consumer Column for July 23, 2015
If you've been keeping up with news stories about the economy lately, you may have heard that the Fed is likely to raise rates later this year. What does that mean and how will it affect you? The Fed is the central bank of the United States,...

Compliance Journal
July 2015
Read “Special Focus” for an overview of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding how disparate-impact claims may be brought under the Fair Housing Act and how junior mortgage holders’ interests were protected from debtors attempting to void...

It’s official: CFPB sets TRID date for Oct. 3
WBA Banker News Clips for July 22, 2015
The CFPB officially finalized the rule to change the effective date of the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule to Oct. 3. “The bureau believes...

Dodd-Frank Turns Five
WBA Executive Letter July 21, 2015
As the Dodd-Frank Act reaches its fifth year, the Treasury has released a report analyzing the progress made in the financial sectors and the economy in general since the law was enacted, concluding...

Scott Walker calls for legal steps to recover bad state loans
WBA Banker News Clips for July 21, 2015
The state should use any legal tools available to recover some $1.7 million in bad loans made to two companies that didn't share their financial problems with the state, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said July 20, while declining to say whether a...

Capital in hand, developers crowd downtown Milwaukee
WBA Banker News Clips for July 20, 2015
Downtown Milwaukee has billions of dollars in development prospects on the horizon partially because the social trends are in its favor, and both population and job counts are trending upward. Those fundamentals make the market strong, but they...

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