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U.S. homeownership rate drops to lowest since 1965
WBA Banker News Clips for July 29, 2016
The U.S. homeownership rate fell to the lowest in more than 50 years as rising prices put buying out of reach for many renters...

Wisconsin bank CEOs feel confident in economic conditions
WBA Banker News Clips for July 28, 2016
Wisconsin’s bank CEOs feel confident in the state’s economic and banking conditions, according to the latest biannual Bank CEO Economic Conditions Survey conducted by the Wisconsin Bankers Association...

FirstMerit sells four Wisconsin branches
WBA Banker News Clips for July 27, 2016
FirstMerit Corp. announced Tuesday it has sold four Wisconsin branches for an after tax gain of $1.2 million...

Green Bay Packers receivers partner with Associated Bank for second year
WBA Banker News Clips for July 26, 2016
Green Bay-based Associated Bank announced Monday it is extending its partnership with Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to participate on behalf of the bank in customer engagement activities, various marketing projects and...

WBA: Calling for New Rules is Hasty
WBA Executive Letter July 26, 2016
WBA’s Mike Semmann said it’s premature to call for new rules when 30 percent of the current reform rules included in the Dodd-Frank Act haven’t been written or finalized yet...

Compliance Journal
July 2016
Read “Special Focus” for a summary of FDIC's updated Guidance for insured depository institutions in identifying, accepting and reporting brokered deposits. Next, turn to "Judicial Spotlight" for an article regarding the Wisconsin Supreme...

Bank merger activity remains strong into second half
WBA Banker News Clips for July 25, 2016
The Wisconsin banking industry enters the second half of the year profitable and healthy, with strategic opportunities on the horizon...

Bank Mutual profit increases 10 percent
WBA Banker News Clips for July 22, 2016
Bank Mutual Corp, based in Brown Deer, on Wednesday reported a 10 percent increase in the second quarter net income...

In surprise, GOP looks to revive Depression-era banking law
WBA Banker News Clips for July 21, 2016
The Republican Party has taken a page straight out of the campaign books of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. No, this is not a joke...

Tips for Back to School Savings
WBA Consumer Column for July 21, 2016
Summer may be in full swing, but fall will be here before you know it. That means back to school shopping is on its way. Here are a few simple tips to help you stick to your budget during this year's trip through the "back to school" aisles.

Group's study finds racial imbalance in metro area mortgage lending
WBA Banker News Clips for July 20, 2016
The National Community Reinvestment Coalition looked into mortgage lending and released a study Tuesday that found what it called "an extensive mortgage lending imbalance in Milwaukee, with mortgage credit distribution skewed heavily toward...

State home sales at highest level since 2005, Realtors say
WBA Banker News Clips for July 19, 2016
Wisconsin's housing market posted its best first half of a year since before the Great Recession, the state Realtors organization said Monday...

Risks and Rewards to Weigh Regarding “Pokémon Go”
WBA Executive Letter July 19, 2016
The augmented reality mobile game “Pokémon Go” is a tour de force of technological advancement that has consumers either captivated or confused, and banks must decide if and how they will interact with the game’s millions of players. The goal...

Marine Bank parent wins $1.3 million settlement
WBA Banker News Clips for July 18, 2016
Waukesha-based CIB Marine Bancshares Inc., the parent company of CIBM Bank, which operates as Marine Bank in Wisconsin, will get a $1.3 million payout in a settlement of a longstanding dispute...

WBA: ‘Pokemon Go’ players could trigger bank’s robbery response procedure
WBA Banker News Clips for July 15, 2016
The Wisconsin Bankers Association is reminding “Pokemon Go” players to respect the bank’s policies. According to a release, some of the locations used in “Pokemon Go” include banks, and players should use extra caution there...

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