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Executive Q&A: Park Bank is parked in Madison for the long haul
WBA Banker News Clips for May 2, 2016
Jim Hegenbarth was a junior at UW-Madison when he started working at Park Bank. He was a teller back then, and after he graduated became a consumer loan officer at the bank’s original branch. Today, Hegenbarth, 52, is president and chief...

Old National Bank Completes aquisition of AnchorBank
WBA Banker News Clips for May 3, 2016
Old National Bank has finalized its purchase of Madison-based Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc., the financial companies said Monday. The acquisition, completed May 1, adds $1.7 billion in total loans...

Walworth State Bank Prevails in Wisconsin Supreme Court
WBA Executive Letter May 3, 2016
The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has decided in favor of the bank, in the case Walworth State Bank v. Abbey Springs Condominium Association - a case in which WBA has been involved as an amicus throughout the appellate process...

CFPB Plots 'Clarifying' Changes to Mortgage Disclosures in July
WBA Banker News Clips for April 29, 2016
The CFPB will propose changes in late July to its mortgage disclosure rule to provide "greater certainty and clarity" to the mortgage industry. In a letter April 28 to industry trade groups, CFPB Director Richard Cordray said the bureau is...

Financial Literacy Month & Teach Children to Save Day
WBA Consumer Column for April 29, 2016
Back in 2003, the U.S. Senate declared April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month, so many national organizations work to promote consumer finance throughout April. One of the largest efforts to educate our nation's youth about the importance...

Governor Signs Foreclosure Reform
The Pundit for April 25, 2016
Today, Governor Scott Walker (R) signed into law AB 720. Act 376, foreclosure reform authored by Representative Terry Katsma (R-Sheboygan) and Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere), cuts the redemption period in half on residential foreclosures and...

The rules that are choking Wisconsin's community banks
WBA Banker News Clips for April 28, 2016
Wall Street banks cooked up big trouble in the years leading up to the Great Recession but across Wisconsin and the nation, community banks just did what they always had done; they served up meat-and-potato products: home loans, business loans...

Milwaukee Mayor Blasts New ‘Zombie Homes' Law
WBA Banker News Clips for April 27, 2016
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett criticized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for signing legislation undermining municipalities' authority to compel lenders to quickly dispose of abandoned foreclosed properties that contribute to urban decay...

WBA-Backed Foreclosure Reform Signed into Law
WBA Executive Letter April 26, 2016
Gov. Scott Walker signed AB 720, foreclosure reform, into law yesterday. This WBA-backed legislation cuts the redemption period in half on residential foreclosures and provides clarity to the abandoned properties court case. The law will be...

Compliance Journal
April 2016
Read “Special Focus” for an article regarding CFPB’s interim final rule which amends certain provisions of Regulation Z to broaden the class of creditors operating in rural and underserved areas that may be eligible to originate balloon-payment...

Scott Walker signs bills on ‘zombie homes,’ photo IDs, drunken driving
WBA Banker News Clips for April 26, 2016
Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Monday addressing so-called "zombie homes”...

Opinion: Walker should veto zombie homes bill
WBA Banker News Clips for April 25, 2016
As foreclosures decline, confidence returns to the housing market and home values in many areas rebound, it's tempting to breathe a sigh of relief and cheerlead the recovery...

Feds propose pay rule to curb bank risk-taking
WBA Banker News Clips for April 22, 2016
Federal regulators proposed a long-awaited rule aimed at curbing the kind of executive pay that encouraged the Wall Street risk-taking, which led to the 2008 financial crisis. The proposed rule, unanimously passed and released for public...

Activist fails to nominate director to CIB Marine
WBA Banker News Clips for April 21, 2016
Robert Clutterbuck, the activist shareholder who planned to nominate his own director at Waukesha-based CIB Marine Bancshares Inc., has not moved forward with his plan after all...

De Pere Businessman, under investigation for WEDC loan, charged with bank fraud
WBA Banker News Clips for April 20, 2016
A De Pere businessman under investigation for allegedly defrauding the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. of more than $1 million has been indicted on unrelated federal bank fraud charges...

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