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Banker News
Wisconsin Banker
December 2015
Featured articles include: What does innovation look like at your bank?; Change is Inevitable. Make it Tactical; Child Support Lien Changes; Conducting an Independent Review of ALCO; and more...

Wisconsin banks' profits outpace national counterparts
WBA Banker News Clips for November 25, 2015
Earnings at Wisconsin's banks outpaced banks in the nation overall in the third quarter, as profits rose 19.6% from the same period a year earlier on solid loan growth, a report released Nov. 24 shows. Altogether, the state's 248 banks posted a...

Statement on the release of third quarter 2015 FDIC numbers from WBA
WBA Press Release, November 24, 2015
"Wisconsin's banks continued this year's strong performance according to latest FDIC quarterly numbers. Virtually every category of lending saw growth when compared to the same timeframe in 2014. Overall, lending grew to over $73 billion, a 5.2%...

It Seems to Me: Rules hurting banks
WBA Banker News Clips for November 24, 2015
In many areas of Wisconsin, you can still buy a home for less than $90,000. Bankers in the Badger State want to help their customers buy homes like these, but arbitrary regulations from Washington, D.C. tie their hands. What message does that...

WBA Launches nVestWisconsin
WBA Executive Letter November 24, 2015
nVestWisconsin will launch on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1). This WBA site is one of the state’s first crowdfunding websites to support local nonprofits, businesses and projects. Special Olympics of Wisconsin, Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, Habitat...

Compliance Journal
November 2015
Read “Special Focus” for an article discussing how to disclose costs associated with title insurance premiums with simultaneous issue on the Closing Disclosure in connection with the new Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act...

WBA Staff Announcement
WBA Press Release, November 23, 2015
Rose Oswald Poels, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association, is pleased to announce that Jon Turke has joined the WBA as its new Director – Government Relations. “Jon is...

Investors Community Bank to buy The Business Bank for $28
WBA Banker News Clips for November 23, 2015
The parent company of Manitowoc's Investors Community Bank said November 20 it plans to acquire Appleton-based The Business Bank for about $28.9 million. County Bancorp Inc., which went public in January, will buy Fox River Valley Bancorp Inc....

Don’t dismantle WEDC – but fix it (editorial)
WBA Banker News Clips for November 20, 2015
There’s an opportunity here for a bipartisan effort to fix an agency that can help create an atmosphere of much-needed jobs in the state. We also think Gov. Scott Walker's concept of what WEDC should be remains sound. That can still work...

House votes to roll back mortgage rules
WBA Banker News Clips for November 19, 2015
The House passed the Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act, H.R. 1210, which provides that loans originated by insured depository institutions and held in portfolio are treated as Qualified Mortgages under the...

Fed approves Baylake-Union State merger
WBA Banker News Clips for November 18, 2015
The Federal Reserve approved Baylake Corp.’s plan to acquire NEW Bancshares Inc., Union State’s parent company, for...

WBA Hosts UW Whitewater Panel for Students
WBA Executive Letter November 17, 2015
Banking is a rewarding career. WBA and several bankers took that message directly to UW Whitewater students on Nov. 3. The event included a brief panel discussion with bankers and a networking session with students to promote the various careers...

Rising U.S. consumer prices further support rate hike views
WBA Banker News Clips for November 17, 2015
U.S. consumer prices increased in October after two straight months of declines as the cost of goods and services rose. These signs of firming inflation further...

What consumers and candidates need to know about banking (WBA Op Ed)
WBA Banker News Clips for November 16, 2015
As we have recently seen, banking issues are bubbling to the surface during debates in the presidential primary race for both parties. What is a surprise is that Republican and Democratic candidates alike struggle to explain how...

Paul Ryan expects protracted, unpredictable GOP race
WBA Banker News Clips for November 13, 2015
Asked if he has concerns about the GOP race “dragging on” next year, House Speaker Paul Ryan, responds with a simple, “I just accept...

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