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Sheboygan’s Community Bank & Trust to be Acquired
WBA Banker News Clips for October 24, 2014
Heartland Financial USA Inc. announced it will acquire Sheboygan’s Community Bank & Trust for about $52 million. Heartland’s subsidiary, Wisconsin Bank & Trust, will have...

Compliance Journal
October 2014
Read “Special Focus” for two articles regarding the amendments to the MasterCard liability rules that expand zero liability protections to certain transactions and a FinCEN ruling which explains the application of regulations to individuals in...

Create Your Holiday Budget Now
WBA Consumer Column for October 23, 2014
The holidays may seem like a long ways off, but setting your budget now will make sticking to it later easier. The earlier you start saving for known expenses, the more you'll be able to absorb any unexpected costs that crop up. Here are a few...

Regional banks report flat quarterly results
WBA Banker News Clips for October 23, 2014
Three regional banks with a strong Milwaukee market presence have reported flat or slightly lower net income in their third quarter earnings reports.

BankMyBiz launches seed round
WBA Banker News Clips for October 22, 2014
Milwaukee and Madison-based startup has launched a $500,000 seed round to fund its growth. The website, which connects businesses with lenders, was launched in September 2013 and has helped complete more than $8 million in loans.

Wisconsin home sales flat in September; prices up 3.1%
WBA Banker News Clips for October 21, 2014
Wisconsin's home sales in September were almost unchanged from a year ago, although housing prices rose 3.1%, according to a monthly analysis from the Wisconsin Realtors Association. All the 2014 housing data compare to a robust 2013, when both...

UW-Madison Students get a Taste of Banking
WBA Executive Letter October 21, 2014
The WBA and The Puelicher Center for Banking Education at the Wisconsin School of Business hosted a panel discussion and networking event geared toward university students. During the evening event, the 25 students heard...

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen expresses concern over inequality
WBA Banker News Clips for October 20, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm on Oct. 17 about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's long-standing identity as a land of opportunity was at stake. The growing gap between the rich and...

Wisconsin's venture capital total nearly doubles
WBA Banker News Clips for October 17, 2014
Wisconsin companies have raised almost twice as much venture capital so far this year than in all of 2013. Through September, 22 deals had generated about $67.1 million for state firms, compared with almost $33.9 million during all 12 months of...

Vote to override veto of Milwaukee home loan program is a mistake (editorial)
WBA Banker News Clips for October 16, 2014
We hope it won't be the case, but the Milwaukee Common Council and the city's property taxpayers could come to regret Tuesday's vote to override a veto by Mayor Tom Barrett of a home loan program… The program would provide interest-free, fully...

Welcome to Your 20 Days Until Election Day Edition of the Pundit!
WBA The Pundit, October 15, 2014
Election 2014: All About That Base; WBA Political Fundraising Update; New Content at WBA's Online Elections Headquarters; Unique Campaign Ads Of 2014; WBA Rapid-Response Sets Record Straight on Columbus Day; The Pundit Joke...

Association Honors Bankers for Financial Literacy Achievements
WBA Press Release, October 15, 2014
The Wisconsin Bankers Association recently honored banks and individual bankers from around the state for their efforts in promoting financial literacy to thousands to Wisconsin's consumers.

Authorities report no new leads in Plain bank robbery
WBA Banker News Clips for October 15, 2014
The Sauk County Sheriff's Department reported no new leads in its ongoing investigation of the Oct. 7 bank robbery in Plain. Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said the investigation is ongoing, and his department is being assisted by the FBI. The...

Charlie Sykes podcast discusses Columbus Day closures
WBA Banker News Clips for October 14, 2014
620WTMJ's Charlie Sykes vented his frustration that banks were closed on Columbus Day. More specifically, he was annoyed that wire transfers could not be accomplished and began wondering where the money he attempted to wire last Friday actually...

$50K Robbery Reward Offered by The Peoples Community Bank and WBA
WBA Executive Letter October 14, 2014
The Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) and The Peoples Community Bank of Mazomanie are offering a reward up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the October 7 robbery at the bank...

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