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Wisconsin's private-sector growth rate lags nation
WBA Banker News Clips for December 19, 2014
Wisconsin appears to have regained all the net private-sector jobs it lost in the 2008-'09 recession, and the state's unemployment continued to fall last month. But the state also continues to lag the nation in the overall pace of job creation.

AnchorBank's Chris Bauer honored by American Banker magazine
WBA Banker News Clips for December 18, 2014
Lauding his turnaround of Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc., American Banker on Wednesday named Chris Bauer one of its Community Bankers of the Year for 2014. Bauer stepped in as president and CEO in 2009, in time to see things go from bad to worse...

Get Your Finances Ready for 2015
WBA Consumer Column for December 18, 2014
With just a few weeks until New Year's, now is the best time to prepare for your financial resolutions. One of the most common New Year's resolutions every year is to either save money or reduce debt. If you have financial resolutions for 2015,...

Compliance Journal
December 2014
Read “Special Focus” for an overview of the Integrated Mortgage Disclosures under TILA/RESPA, as the final rule will become effective in August. Then, turn to “Regulatory Spotlight” for CFPB’s issuance of its Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda and a...

More manufacturers upbeat about 2015 revenue growth, ASQ survey finds
WBA Banker News Clips for December 17, 2014
An international survey of manufacturers, which drew four-fifths of its respondents from the U.S., showed increasing optimism, with 83% expecting revenue growth in 2015, an increase from 64% in 2014. The findings are included in the 2015...

Home builders' index slips, but housing still on 'slow march to normal'
WBA Banker News Clips for December 16, 2014
Home builders' confidence in the market for new single-family homes fell by one point in December after a four-point jump in November. The Housing Market Index slipped to 57 - still a good enough number to show...

Reg Relief Expansion for Small Banks
WBA Executive Letter December 16, 2014
The U.S. House and Senate passed a bill on Dec. 11 to raise the threshold for small bank holding company regulatory relief from $500 million to $1 billion...

Mpls. Fed Bank chief to step down in 2016
WBA Banker News Clips for December 15, 2014
Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and a key player in deciding the nation's monetary policy, will step down after his term ends in February 2016. This year Kocherlakota served as a member of the Federal...

Sun Prairie banker to retire after ascent from entry-level to executive
WBA Banker News Clips for December 12, 2014
It's been 48 years since Alice Hensen left a clerical job in Madison to begin a banking career. After starting at an entry-level position proofing transactions for Bank of Sun Prairie, she began a gradual ascent that saw stints as a teller,...

Reg Relief Expansion for Small Banks
Special Edition of The Pundit, December 12, 2014
Time for a victory lap! The U.S. House and Senate passed a bill on Dec. 11 to raise the threshold for small bank holding company regulatory relief from $500 million to $1 billion.

Associated Banc-Corp plans to transfer to NYSE
WBA Banker News Clips for December 11, 2014
Associated Banc-Corp said Dec. 10 it plans to transfer its stock listing to the New York Stock Exchange from the Nasdaq market. The Green Bay-based parent company of Associated Bank said its share are expected to begin trading on the NYSE on...

State tax study offers no recommendations
WBA Banker News Clips for December 10, 2014
A report submitted to Gov. Scott Walker on Dec. 9 that came out of nearly two dozen meetings around the state concludes that Wisconsin taxes are too high and too complicated, but makes no specific recommendations about what to do about it. With...

Metro Milwaukee employers in hiring mode
WBA Banker News Clips for December 9, 2014
Adding to recent upbeat jobs data, a new report shows that metro Milwaukee employers plan to begin 2015 with a burst of new hires. The quarterly survey of employers' hiring expectations, conducted by ManpowerGroup Inc. and released Dec. 9, ranks...

Green Bay Press Gazette Listens to Bankers’ Cybersecurity Concerns
WBA Executive Letter December 8, 2014
The Green Bay Press Gazette published on article after their editorial board met with WBA on the issue of cybersecurity. Robert Cera, Baylake Bank, and WBA’s Rose Oswald Poels explained that when...

Shoppers warned to watch for credit card fraud
WBA Banker News Clips for December 8, 2014
Bankers are warning shoppers to keep a sharp eye on their credit and debit cards this Christmas season. Instances of bad actors using stolen card information are on the rise. "I'm afraid consumers are becoming a little complacent because they...

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