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Nation's largest banks all pass Fed's 'stress tests'
WBA Banker News Clips for June 24, 2016
The U.S.'s largest financial institutions have enough armor to withstand the turmoil of a major and prolonged U.S. and global recession, the Federal Reserve said Thursday...

Leissring to lead Huntington Bancshares in Wisconsin
WBA Banker News Clips for June 23, 2016
Following its pending acquisition of FirstMerit Bank, Huntington Bancshares Inc. named a new regional president to support its commercial business in Wisconsin...

Getting Sound Financial Advice
WBA Consumer Column for June 24, 2016
According to research recently released by Northwestern Mutual, nearly 70% of U.S. adults do not seek out professional financial advice. While many consumers don't need a professional to help them create a family budget, expert advice can make...

Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.
WBA Banker News Clips for June 22, 2016
The banking password may be about to expire — forever. Some of the nation’s largest banks, acknowledging that traditional passwords are either too cumbersome or no longer secure, are increasingly using fingerprints, facial scans and other types...

Associated Bank plans Associated Financial Group rebranding and expansion
WBA Banker News Clips for June 21, 2016
Associated Banc-Corp plans to rebrand Associated Financial Group as Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting (ABRC) ahead of the subsidiary's move to its new Minnetonka, Minn., headquarters...

Speaker Ryan’s Plan Tackles Financial Reforms
WBA Executive Letter June 21, 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his “Better Way” agenda last week that proposes a variety of financial reforms aimed at reducing regulatory burdens. The plan includes a...

Eau Claire-area's Citizens Community considers new strategies
WBA Banker News Clips for June 20, 2016
U.S. banking regulators said Friday that satisfying new account rules for bad loans should not be a burden for small banks...

FASB Rule to Require Banks to Record Projected Loan Losses Up Front
WBA Banker News Clips for June 17, 2016
Accounting rule makers on Thursday completed a move requiring U.S. banks to book losses on soured loans much faster, a change that could cut into some banks’ profits by forcing them to set aside more in reserves...

New Fiserv product identifies bank customers with palm scanner
WBA Banker News Clips for June 16, 2016
The Brookfield-based provider of technology for the financial industry said Wednesday it now is offering clients "Verifast: Palm Authentication," a product that scans the unique vein pattern on the palm of a customer's hand when he or she steps...

Huntington, FirstMerit shareholders approve $3.4B merger
WBA Banker News Clips for June 15, 2016
Shareholders of both Huntington Bancshares Inc. and FirstMerit Corp. have approved the companies’ $3.4 billion merger first announced in January...

Budget committee allows WEDC to make $8 million in tax credits refundable
WBA Banker News Clips for June 14, 2016
The state’s job-creation agency has an extra $8 million in refundable tax credits to award to companies this year under a request approved Monday by the Legislature’s budget committee...

New WBA Board Members Ready for Upcoming Year
WBA Executive Letter June 14, 2016
The WBA held an installation ceremony for its incoming board members on June 8. We welcome the newest members to our board. We also want to thank those who spent the last three years serving the industry and have now completed their term. A more...

Starbucks Cards Now Have More Money Than Some Banks
WBA Banker News Clips for June 13, 2016
Starbucks doesn’t offer bank accounts, but people are storing more of their money with the coffee chain than they are at some banks, according to a new analysis...

No relief from Wisconsin’s 565 percent payday loan interest under new rules
WBA Banker News Clips for June 10, 2016
As one of just eight states with no cap on annual interest for payday loans, Wisconsin had an average of 565 percent annual interest rate on payday loans in 2015, according the state Department of Financial Institutions...

Tomah banker to lead state bankers association
WBA Banker News Clips for June 9, 2016
Tomah banker Cynthia Erdman has been elected to lead Wisconsin’s largest financial industry trade group. Erdman, president of Partnership Bank, was elected Wednesday to serve as the 2016-17 chairman of the Wisconsin Bankers Association, which...

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