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Wisconsin Democrats critical of policy items in budget, timeline to finish work unclear
WBA Banker News Clips for May 29, 2015
As the Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee moves into its final days of debate on Gov. Scott Walker's two-year budget, its work could stretch into the weekend or even next week. The committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. today...

American Bankers Association names Rob Nichols as CEO
WBA Banker News Clips for May 28, 2015
Rob Nichols will succeed former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating as the CEO of the American Bankers Association, the trade group said on May 27.

Wisconsin companies using character to help build success
WBA Banker News Clips for May 27, 2015
What keeps the CEO of a company awake at night? Our curiosity led us to ask seven executives throughout Wisconsin what they do. Each leader in a variety of ways mentions respect and doing for others as you would have others do for you. Brad...

WBA Statement on First Quarter 2015 FDIC Data
WBA Press Release, May 27, 2015
Wisconsin’s banks had a very strong start to 2015 compared to a year ago. Key indicators of how banks helped businesses grow and families prosper, including lending and deposits, all improved...

Tips for First-Time Homebuyers in a Seller's Market
WBA Consumer Column for May 28, 2015
While interest rates are still near record lows, supply is tight and properties are moving fast, making it a seller's market. In fact, it's not uncommon for a Wisconsin seller to receive three or four offers the day their house is listed. So, if...

Improving bank oversight
WBA Banker News Clips for May 26, 2015
Five years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank act, we have a good idea of what's working well and what's not. In the latter category are several asset thresholds that determine which banks get extra regulatory scrutiny...

Regulatory Reform Legislation Approved By Senate Banking Committee
WBA Executive Letter May 26, 2015
The Senate Banking Committee approved the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act last week which was introduced by Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL). The legislation...

Compliance Journal
May 2015
Read “Special Focus” for the third article in a series regarding CFPB’s TILA/RESPA integrated disclosure final rule, which becomes effective August 01, 2015. Next, turn to “Regulatory Spotlight” for information regarding the Agencies upcoming...

Regulatory relief for community banks backed by Democrats who voted against broader bill
WBA Banker News Clips for May 22, 2015
Community banks won a victory May 21 when the Senate Banking Committee approved legislation that would reduce regulatory burdens on financial institutions. That's not because the bill will pass the Senate - the 12-10 party-line vote indicates...

Fiserv ordered to turn over data on credit union overdraft fees
WBA Banker News Clips for May 21, 2015
A federal consumer protection regulator has told the Brookfield financial technology firm Fiserv Inc. to turn over data on overdraft fees charged by credit unions as part of an ongoing evaluation of overdraft practices...

Housing starts hit seven-year high as builders see pent-up demand
WBA Banker News Clips for May 20, 2015
Housing starts jumped 20 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.135 million, the highest number in more than seven years. Building permits for housing units increased 10 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.143...

Finance Committee to Formally Remove DFI Merger from State Budget
The Pundit for May 20, 2015
Finance Committee to Formally Remove DFI Merger from State Budget; WBA Meets with CFPB in Milwaukee; House Mutual Institutions Capital Bill Circulating in Washington; Shelby's Reg Relief Bill has Competition; WBA, Banking Trade Groups Send...

Successful WBA Capitol Day Educates Lawmakers
WBA Executive Letter May 19, 2015
The seventh annual WBA Capitol Day drew over 150 bankers from 63 institutions from across Wisconsin for a day of grassroots advocacy in the State Capitol. During the issue briefing...

Wisconsin home sales rose 16.8% in April; prices increase 10.7%
WBA Banker News Clips for May 19, 2015
The Wisconsin housing market showed continued strength in April, with existing home sales up 16.8% from a year ago, according to a report May 18 from the Wisconsin Association of Realtors. April 2015 is the strongest April sales total since 2010...

Sentiment improves among Wisconsin small business owners
WBA Banker News Clips for May 18, 2015
Wisconsin's small business owners are feeling better about the economy, according to a new survey from U.S. Bank. Their sentiment has improved, and they are more likely than in past years to describe the current climate as recovery or expansion...

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