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Existing home sales continue to pick up pace
WBA Banker News Clips for November 21, 2014
Sales of existing homes rose to an adjusted annual rate of 5.26 million in October, the highest pace since September 2013. That's according to the National Association of Realtors, which attributed the increase to low interest rates, more...

Compliance Journal
Novemeber 2014
Read “Special Focus” for an article regarding CFPB’s final rule which amends its ATR/QM requirements to allow creditors to cure excess points and fees charged in connection with a QM loan in specified circumstances. Read a second article...

Welcome to your pre-Thanksgiving Edition of The Pundit!
The Pundit, November 21, 2014
What Goes On Between Election Day and Inauguration Day?; Duffy Named Subcommittee Chairman; WBA Writes Congress on Data Breaches; Gold Triangle Club Banks Of 2014; 2015 Supreme Court Race; 2016 Scuttlebutt; The Pundit Quote

Trust is the Foundation of Wisconsin Banking
WBA Letter to the Editor, November 20, 2014
The banking industry is built on trust, especially in Wisconsin where most institutions are locally owned and have very strong ties to the community. That trust comes from consumers and their bankers building relationships based on consistent...

Keep Your Money Safe This Holiday Shopping Season
WBA Consumer Column for November 20, 2014
With Black Friday just around the corner, it's time to gear up for holiday shopping. You've set your budget, made your list and checked it twice, so what are you forgetting? With more and more data breaches and fraud occurring in retail...

Retailers "Aren't Investing Enough in Security": An Interview with Rose Oswald Poels
WBA Banker News Clips for November 20, 2014
This year has seen an unprecedented number of retail breaches. We have heard the story; retail store hacked through point-of-sale terminals, X number of cards were compromised. What doesn't get talked about nearly enough in my opinion are the...

Statement on Congressman Ryan’s Election to Chair of House Ways and Means Committee
WBA Press Release, November 19, 2014
WBA congratulates Congressman Paul Ryan on being selected Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Ryan to chair powerful House committee
WBA Banker News Clips for November 19, 2014
House Republican leaders chose Paul Ryan on Tuesday to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years, giving him a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond. Ryan, the party's vice...

FDIC Seeks the Cost of Compliance from WI Bankers
WBA Executive Letter November 18, 2014
The FDIC has directed the WBA to solicit information from its membership regarding the impact of regulation and the cost to comply for Wisconsin's banks. The survey consists of six questions that break down the cost of compliance. FDIC...

Sales of existing homes in Wisconsin hit highest point in nearly a decade
WBA Banker News Clips for November 18, 2014
Sales of existing homes across Wisconsin jumped 9.6% in October compared with a year earlier - the strongest showing for the month since 2005, the Wisconsin Realtors Association said Nov. 17. The median price rose, too, up 4.2%, to $148,000.

U.S. Bank takes leadership role in hiring initiative
WBA Banker News Clips for November 17, 2014
Some recent research shows that businesses would rather hire people with no experience than experienced workers who have been out of work for a long time. Using recommendations from a handbook drafted by Deloitte Consulting and the Rockefeller...

20 Under Forty celebrates up-and-coming local leaders
WBA Banker News Clips for November 14, 2014
About 240 people from the region came together Nov. 13 to celebrate 20 community leaders under the age of 40 who are credited with everything from keeping the community safe to teaching its children and finding solutions to intractable problems....

Applications for US jobless aid climb to 290,000
WBA Banker News Clips for November 13, 2014
More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the increase wasn't sharp enough to disrupt the job market's positive momentum. The Labor Department said Nov. 13 that weekly applications rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 290,000....

Dane County Board will weigh adding $2 million for affordable housing
WBA Banker News Clips for November 12, 2014
The Dane County Board will consider borrowing $2 million next year to help provide housing for low-income people. The board meets Monday to deliberate on amendments to County Executive Joe Parisi's proposed 2015 capital budget. The housing money...

In Wisconsin, the money's on manufacturing
WBA Banker News Clips for November 11, 2014
Two days after being re-elected to a second term, Gov. Scott Walker toured technical colleges in five Wisconsin cities, promoting his worker training and job creation efforts. If Walker's second term is anything like his first, the biggest...

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