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Farmers Are Cautious but Optimistic for 2024

Ag bankers reflect on 2023; prepare for the year ahead By Hannah Flanders Agricultural bankers in Wisconsin described 2023 as a year of highs and lows. As expected, it was difficult for Wisconsin farmers to beat the success of the last several years. In 2021, farmers in Wisconsin were well-positioned for success. Ideal conditions for […]


The Rise of Instant Payments

The Federal Reserve Launches FedNow® Service By Hannah Flanders In 2022, research by the Pew Research Center found that over 75% of U.S. adults have utilized PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, or Cash App at least once to send and receive payments. Of these users, ease is cited as the main reason for their adoption. As banks […]


Executive Letter: FinCEN Resources for Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Rule

By Rose Oswald Poels With the new year just a few short months away, WBA is fielding more questions regarding the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN’s) beneficial ownership information (BOI) reporting rule, so this Executive Letter provides a summary of the rule and the resources created by FinCEN. The rule applies to domestic and foreign […]


Bank Executives Conference

The 2024 WBA Bank Executives Conference will be held Wednesday, February 7 through Friday, February 9 at the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. The conference will kick off with a networking reception on Wednesday evening, but bankers are invited and encouraged to arrive earlier for optional afternoon “banker only” peer group discussions starting at […]


GSB Bank Technology Security School

Key Information Security Strategies Online bank fraud has been described as epidemic, with numbers that are staggering — it’s estimated that U.S. banks lose $1.5 billion to phishing attacks annually. Consider also that mobile devices are now ubiquitous and hackers are getting ever-more sophisticated in their ability to gain access to sensitive data and it’s […]


GSB Human Resource Management School

Today’s successful human resource professional in the financial services industry needs a clear understanding of critical human resource issues as well as a working knowledge of the business of banking. From recruitment to selection, performance management to career development, the human resource function has a direct impact on a financial institution’s productivity and bottom-line results. […]


GSB Bank Technology Management School

Linking Technology Management to Bank Performance As the technologies used to support banking become more important, and as banking products demand more sophisticated technology solutions, it’s vital that IT professionals and information security officers understand how to effectively choose, deploy and lead the use of current and emerging technologies to meet business goals and regulatory […]


Executive Letter: Protecting Your Bank from a Cyberattack

By Rose Oswald Poels Cyberattacks are becoming an increasingly alarming trend and it is vital that bankers in Wisconsin remain vigilant in safeguarding their institutions and the personal financial information of their customers. In 2022, global cyberattacks increased by 38% when compared to the year prior, notes a study conducted by Check Point Research. These […]


Davidson Announces Retirement from GSB–WI

Kirby Davidson, president & CEO of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (GSB) and its supporting organization the Prochnow Educational Foundation (PEF), recently announced his retirement effective December 31, 2024. Davidson joined GSB/PEF in 2000 as the vice president of marketing & banker relations. He was promoted to president & CEO […]


Ravenscroft Elected to ICBA Federal Delegate Board for 2024–2025

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) has announced that Dan Ravenscroft, president and CEO of Royal Bank in Elroy was elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks. Ravenscroft replaces Tom Reil of Waldo State Bank. “It’s an honor to be elected to represent the community banking […]