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Wisconsin's jobless rate falls to 4.6% in March
WBA Banker News Clips for April 17, 2015
Wisconsin's economic recovery advanced in March as the state's unemployment rate fell to 4.6%, its best level since June 2008, which was several months before the financial crisis that triggered a severe global downturn. Preliminary estimates...

Who is the Fed and Why Should You Care?
WBA Consumer Column for April 16, 2015
If you've ever paid attention to news stories about the economy, you've probably heard about "The Fed." But, do you know what the Fed is and how it impacts you? Learning a bit more about how the central bank of the United States works and how it...

Polls show Scott Walker surging in early primary states
WBA Banker News Clips for April 16, 2015
Gov. Scott Walker's trips last month to the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina appear to be paying off - the likely presidential candidate is leading in polls released April 15 in both states. Walker has a nominal lead in...

Welcome to your Tax Day Edition of The Pundit!
WBA The Pundit, April 15, 2015
Public Hearing on DSPS/DFI Merger; Two WBA-Backed Bills Pass Assembly; DFI Sec. Discusses DFI/DSPS Merger with WBA Board; Rideshare Legislation Advances to Senate with WBA Amendment; Regulatory Relief Bills Pass U.S. House Vote; Host a Take Your...

Metro Milwaukee home sales shoot up 25.6% in March
WBA Banker News Clips for April 15, 2015
Sales of existing homes in the metro Milwaukee area jumped 25.6% last month, marking the best March performance in nine years and giving the local housing market some momentum heading into the peak selling season. In addition to a rise in sales...

Starion Financial acquires Monona bank from insurer WPS
WBA Banker News Clips for April 14, 2015
Bismarck, N.D.-based Starion Financial said April 13 it has acquired a bank from Madison health insurer Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp. The purchase of WPS Community Bank, Monona, gives Starion three locations in the Madison area -...

DFI Sec. Discusses DFI/DSPS Merger with WBA Board.
WBA Executive Letter April 14, 2015
DFI’s new Secretary Ray Allen spoke at the WBA Board of Directors meeting held last week. He told the group that even as DFI prepares for a potential merger with DSPS, the...

Manitowoc banker meets with legislators, regulators in D.C.
WBA Banker News Clips for April 13, 2015
Dave Coggins, of Investors Community Bank, was one of more than 1,100 bankers who visited the nation's capital recently to discuss how current banking proposals could impact the local economy. The visit was part of the American Bankers...

AnchorBank will cut staff, close branches
WBA Banker News Clips for April 10, 2015
AnchorBank could cut as much as 20 percent of its staff - or 167 employees - and eliminate seven branches as part of a plan to slash expenses, parent company Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin said April 9. The Madison bank plans to close six branches...

SBA eyes tests for deciding if franchises qualify for small business loans
WBA Banker News Clips for April 9, 2015
Business groups hope the Small Business Administration will make it easier, not harder, for franchised businesses to obtain SBA loans. The SBA is reviewing its procedures for determining whether franchised businesses are eligible for its loan...

Voters back amendment on chief justice selection
WBA Banker News Clips for April 8, 2015
Voters on April 7 approved letting state Supreme Court justices choose who will lead them - a change to a 126-year-old system that is likely to result in the demotion of Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. The proposal often overshadowed a race...

Supreme Court race, constitutional amendment top Tuesday's ballot
WBA Banker News Clips for April 7, 2015
The polls in Wisconsin opened at 7 a.m. today as voters decide a state Supreme Court race in what is expected to be Wisconsin's last election without a photo ID requirement. Voters will also decide whether to amend the state constitution to...

Cong. Ribble Reaches Out to WI Bankers
WBA Executive April 7, 2015
More than two dozen bankers, along with WBA’s Rose Oswald Poels, attended a local meeting with Congressman Reid Ribble last Thursday at...

Commercial lending takes off as economy grows
WBA Banker News Clips for April 6, 2015
As the economy continues to improve, businesses are borrowing. Banks in Wisconsin and Minnesota expanded their commercial lending portfolios last year, according to data from the FDIC, and bankers expect the growth to continue in 2015 as...

Welcome to your Spring Election Edition of The Pundit!
The Pundit for April 6, 2015
Spring Election Tomorrow: Go Vote!; What's On The Ballot And What Does It Mean?; Capitol Day Reminder

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