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Wary consumers' cash hoarding at 25-year high
WBA Banker News Clips for July 28, 2014
With wounds from the Great Recession still fresh, chastened Americans are hoarding more cash in their checking accounts than at any time in the last 25 years...

US new-home sales plummet in June
WBA Banker News Clips for July 25, 2014
Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy. New home sales fell 8.1% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, the Commerce Department said July 24. The report...

SEC ends $1 fixed share price
WBA Banker News Clips for July 24, 2014
Regulators have voted by a narrow margin to end a longtime staple of the investment industry - the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds - at least for some money funds used by big investors. The idea is to minimize the risk of a...

Compliance Journal
July 2014
Read “Special Focus” for an overview of recent interagency guidance on HELOCs nearing their end-of-draw periods. Then turn to “Judicial Spotlight” for an article regarding a Wisconsin Supreme Court case affirming the longstanding legal theory...

FDIC issues guidance on S-Corp dividends
WBA Banker News Clips for July 23, 2014
FDIC has issued guidance regarding how an S-Corp bank may apply to FDIC for an exemption to allow the S-Corp to issue dividend to pay taxes. The guidance outlines the factors that FDIC will consider to grant the exception which in turn would...

Home sales in Wisconsin rose 4.5% in June; prices steady
WBA Banker News Clips for July 22, 2014
Sales of existing homes in Wisconsin increased 4.5% in June, marking the first time in 2014 that monthly sales topped last year's total. Meanwhile, the June median sale price was stable, rising 0.6% to $159,900. Through the first six months of...

Dodd-Frank Act Assessed on Four-Year Anniversary
WBA Executive Letter July 22, 2014
Two industry analyst think-tanks celebrated the Dodd-Frank Act’s fourth anniversary on July 21 by releasing their assessments and recommendations. The Bipartisan Policy Center offered 10 recommended...

Export-Import Bank helps Wisconsin businesses create jobs
WBA Banker News Clips for July 21, 2014
If world markets really worked the way Rep. Paul Ryan wishes they did, he'd be right about the need to eliminate what he calls a "strange collusion of big business and big government," an obscure little federal agency called the Export-Import...

Bank Mutual eyes acquisitions, reports jump in profits
WBA Banker News Clips for July 18, 2014
Bank Mutual Corp. CEO David Baumgarten is looking to diversify offerings at the Brown Deer-based thrift, which means potential acquisitions. Quarterly profits climbed 35 percent in the latest earnings report from the company. Parent company Bank...

Home builders' confidence surges thanks to better jobs market
WBA Banker News Clips for July 17, 2014
Home builders' confidence in the housing market surged in July, thanks in part to robust jobs growth in June. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gained four points in July, hitting 53. That's the first...

Back to School Savings Tips
WBA Consumer Column for July 17, 2014
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. Have you budgeted for school supplies and new clothes yet? Here are a few tips to keep your back to school shopping from...

Metro area home sales slowed in first half of 2014
WBA Banker News Clips for July 16, 2014
The metro Milwaukee housing market slowed during the first half of 2014, a report released Tuesday shows. Sales of existing homes dropped 7.3% in the first six months of the year in Milwaukee...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Doctrine of Equitable Assignment of Mortgage
WBA Executive Letter July 15, 2014
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the longstanding doctrine of equitable assignment, which provides that a mortgage which secures a note automatically follows the note when the note is transferred. The WBA appeared as an amicus by...

Walker: Election will be tight
WBA Banker News Clips for July 15, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker says he looks at Racine County as one of a few bellwethers for how a statewide election will turn out. Speaking to dozens of supporters crammed inside the Racine County Republican Party field office on July 14, Walker urged...

Ex-Im Bank critics not looking out for Wisconsin
WBA Banker News Clips for July 14, 2014
There are nearly 200 companies in Wisconsin that have relied on the U.S. Export-Import Bank to sell their products overseas. The majority of those companies are small businesses. Some would have you ignore these companies and their workers as...

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