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MU poll has Walker leading Burke, with turnout still key
WBA Banker News Clips for October 30, 2014
Republican Gov. Scott Walker leads Democratic challenger Mary Burke 50% to 43% among likely voters in the latest survey by the Marquette University Law School. That represents a change from other Wisconsin surveys in recent weeks that showed the...

Welcome to this Halloween Edition of The Pundit - no tricks, all treats!
The Pundit, October 29, 2014
WBA Visits Federal Regulators; Latest Marquette Poll has Walker Up; Summarizing the Scenarios; Will it be Closer Than 1855?; Welcome to the Jungle; Assembly GOP Releases 2015-2016 Agenda; WBA Says No to Farm Credit Expansion; Follow WBA's...

First Business Bank opens Kenosha office
WBA Banker News Clips for October 29, 2014
First Business Bank - Milwaukee has opened a new office in Kenosha. The office will follow the bank's cashless model, through which clients complete transactions electronically with secure online baking, remote deposit and branch automation.

Agencies Approve Final Risk Retention Rule
WBA Executive Letter October 28, 2014
Six federal agencies jointly approved a final rule implementing the risk retention requirements in the Dodd-Frank Act. The final rule defines a “qualified residential mortgage” (QRM) and exempts securitizations of QRMs from the risk retention...

City Clerks Report Strong Early Voting Turnout
WBA Banker News Clips for October 28, 2014
Wisconsin cities have been reporting good turnout for early voting since it started on Oct. 20. Kris Teske, the Green Bay city clerk, said that residents have been showing up at her office pretty steadily...

Midwest employers feeling better about economy, plan to hire and pay more
WBA Banker News Clips for October 27, 2014
Midwest employers said they believe the economy is getting better and plan to hire more people and give employees raises, according to a survey by the MRA - Management Association.

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...

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...

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.

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...

BankMyBiz launches seed round
WBA Banker News Clips for October 22, 2014
Milwaukee and Madison-based startup BankMyBiz.com 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...

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