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Wisconsin banks' profits slip as mortgage refinancings slow
WBA Banker News Clips for August 29, 2014
Lending by Wisconsin banks increased and troubled loans declined in the first half of 2014, but bank profits slipped 4.6%, a report August 28 by the FDIC shows.

Milwaukee groups awarded $2.76 million for loans in distressed areas
WBA Banker News Clips for August 28, 2014
Three Milwaukee-based community lenders received a combined $2.76 million in federal money for lending in low-income areas. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.

Financial Tips for College Students
WBA Consumer Column for August 28, 2014
Many college freshmen are moving into their dorms soon, eager to enjoy the new freedoms life away from home has to offer. However, many college students are also managing their finances alone for the first time. A brand-new credit card, books,...

WBA Statement on Second Quarter FDIC Numbers
WBA Press Release, August 28, 2014
Wisconsin’s banks demonstrated their continued support of the state’s businesses with a dramatic 12 percent increase in commercial lending over the past year. The industry...

Unique provision in Wisconsin law puts brakes on crowdfunding
WBA Banker News Clips for August 27, 2014
Equity crowdfunding is off to a slow start in Wisconsin, with few businesses moving to use the new investment vehicle, and banks seemingly cautious about getting involved. Other states have traveled a similar path, but Wisconsin's road contains...

Estate Recovery Law Reforms Take Effect
WBA Executive Letter August 26, 2014
Under changes to Wisconsin’s estate recovery program that took effect earlier in August, the state can now recoup more money from the...

Dane County's strong summer housing market challenges buyers
WBA Banker News Clips for August 26, 2014
In a stronger but still challenging summer housing market for many buyers, Madison couple Perron Nicholas and Mary Lauten made it even tougher for themselves by choosing the Near West Side for their home search. In that popular stretch of...

Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike
WBA Banker News Clips for August 25, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said August 22 that the recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates. Yellen's remarks to an annual Fed conference...

Compliance Journal
August 2014
Read “Special Focus” for an article regarding relief granted by FDIC to S-Corporation Banks with respect to the Basel III Capital Conservation Rules and requirements. In addition, read an overview of the recent CFPB proposed rule to revise HMDA...

Local companies make Inc. 5000 fastest growing list
WBA Banker News Clips for August 22, 2014
Sixteen south-central Wisconsin companies are in the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately owned U.S. companies, ranked by the website They include two that are among the 50 reporting the biggest percentage revenue growth...

Grothman keeps narrow lead over Leibham in official canvass
WBA Banker News Clips for August 21, 2014
State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) held onto a slim 219-vote margin of victory over rival state Sen. Joe Leibham (R-Town of Sheboygan) in the Aug. 12 GOP primary election for the 6th Congressional District after an official canvass of...

Home builders' confidence in housing market up for third month in a row
WBA Banker News Clips for August 20, 2014
Home builders gained more confidence in the housing market in August, the third consecutive month of gains in an index measuring current sales and expectations for the future...

City makes progress on tax-foreclosed homes; more work needed
WBA Banker News Clips for August 19, 2014
More than seven months after Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett launched his $11.7 million Strong Neighborhoods Plan to address the city's foreclosure crisis, city-owned, tax-foreclosed homes are being sold and dilapidated ones are being torn down. But...

WBA Receives Continuous Levy Orders Notice from DOR
WBA Executive Letter August 19, 2014
WBA received a notice today from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) that they will issue continuous levy orders to...

Residential property values in Wisconsin rise after 5-year slide
WBA Banker News Clips for August 18, 2014
Residential property values in Wisconsin rose 2.5% in 2013, reversing a five-year slide started by the mortgage crisis and 2008 collapse of the nation's housing market. That double punch pushed the U.S. into its deepest economic recession since...

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