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Survey shows home buyers willing to bust budgets
WBA Banker News Clips for September 12, 2014
Although most people planning to buy a home in Wisconsin have set a budget, 40% say they'd bust that budget if they found a house they loved, according to a survey. The survey, conducted by BMO Harris Bank, also found that 19% of current...

State exports support jobs, drive economy
WBA Banker News Clips for September 11, 2014
The U.S. Department of Commerce said goods exported by Wisconsin companies in 2013 supported 126,147 jobs, putting it in the top 20 states for jobs supported by exports, and helping to strengthen the state's economy.

Have You Saved Enough to Retire?
WBA Consumer Column for September 11, 2014
Approaching retirement should be an exciting time in your life - you have traveling, spending more time on hobbies, and generally enjoying your golden years to look forward to. However, for many, retirement is a source of stress and anxiety...

How would gubernatorial candidates plug $400 million hole?
WBA Banker News Clips for September 10, 2014
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said she would address a potential $400 million budget shortfall by accepting federal funding for a Medicaid expansion and having agencies scour their budgets for projects that could be pushed into...

WBA Executive Letter September 9, 2014
WBA Executive Letter September 9, 2014
It just became a little easier for banks and bank holding companies seeking to leverage Wisconsin’s new crowdfunding law. WBA and the Boardman and Clark Law Firm have developed a model escrow agreement form that can be utilized...

1 in 4 Wisconsin employers plans to add staff, ManpowerGroup finds
WBA Banker News Clips for September 9, 2014
Nearly one in four Wisconsin employers plans to increase staffing in the last three months of 2014, up significantly from the share that planned to add jobs a year ago, a newly released survey by Milwaukee's ManpowerGroup shows. At the same...

COWS report on jobs shows employment in Wisconsin still lags 2007 levels
WBA Banker News Clips for September 8, 2014
It took seven years but the national labor market is finally back to pre-recession employment levels of 2007, a UW-Madison nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank says. Wisconsin, though, has not kept up, says the UW-Madison Center on Wisconsin...

Report: Rising property values should temper tax rates
WBA Banker News Clips for September 5, 2014
Rising property values in southeastern Wisconsin should ease the pressure on local governments and school districts to raise property tax rates in December bills and reverse a trend of rate increases in recent years, the Public Policy Forum says...

Wisconsin Banker
Setpember 2014
The September issue of Wisconsin Banker is now online. Featured articles include: The Evolution of the Teller - Changing the Face of Banking; New Security, Technology Banking Professional Certifications Available; Creative Changes in the Credit...

Closure of Export-Import Bank could cost jobs: MMAC officials say
WBA Banker News Clips for September 4, 2014
Nervous about the political battle brewing over the re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a number of local manufacturers are worried that if the bank's charter isn't renewed, that could hurt export sales and jobs...

Reported Home Depot data breach could exceed Target hack
WBA Banker News Clips for September 3, 2014
Home Depot is investigating a possible data breach in which hackers may have stolen credit and debit card information from more consumers than in the Target data breach last fall. Preliminary analysis says the breach may affect all 2,200 Home...

North Shore Bank will offer long-distance live video tellers
WBA Banker News Clips for September 2, 2014
North Shore Bank said it is the first bank in Wisconsin to use long-distance video tellers, but it won't be the last. The technology is being tried, and in some cases embraced, at banks and credit unions around the country.

WBA Board of Directors Needs Your Feedback
WBA Executive Letter September 2, 2014
The WBA Board of Directors will soon be holding its annual strategic retreat. The Board is asking WBA members to provide critical feedback on WBA, its products and services.

Wisconsin banks' profits slip as mortgage refinancings slow
WBA Banker News Clips for August 29, 2014
Lending by Wisconsin banks increased and troubled loans declined in the first half of 2014, but bank profits slipped 4.6%, a report August 28 by the FDIC shows.

Milwaukee groups awarded $2.76 million for loans in distressed areas
WBA Banker News Clips for August 28, 2014
Three Milwaukee-based community lenders received a combined $2.76 million in federal money for lending in low-income areas. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.

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