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August 29, 2012

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Connecting Systems, People and Processes

By Michelle Shapiro

Though the financial services market is starting to rebound, it is still forcing community banks to evaluate processes, find efficiencies and lower costs. Start by identifying the processes that are slow because the systems employees rely on every day cannot share information. Sharing information between systems is vital, because productivity drops when employees have to switch back and forth between applications to find what they need. Read more>>
Green Leaf Award Open to All Banks
BankNews is accepting entries in the 2012 Green Leaf Awards, recognizing banks across the country helping their communities and the environment. Entries are divided into asset size, giving every bank an opportunity to be recognized. To enter or for more information, click here.

Community Banks Take On Megabanks
Gas Small-town bankers across the country are fighting back against the megabanks. Community banks and credit unions in 20 cities are giving away $80,000 worth of gasoline to energize consumers to "Take Back Your Banking" from the megabanks. The goal of "Take Back Your Banking" is to raise awareness about mistreatment from the megabanks and to show consumers that there is a better way to bank. View the video>>
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ISA 2012The Innovative Solutions Awards recognize those companies that have introduced or enhanced a product or service designed to help banks better serve their customers.


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Mobile and Online Banking Interest Is High, Even Among Older Consumers
Internet-enabled mobile devices are more commonplace than ever for Americans, according to a nationwide survey, with just under half (49 percent) saying they own a smartphone or tablet. The majority of those owners (64 percent) use their mobile device to manage their finances. Younger Americans, ages 18 to 34, are more likely to use online or mobile banking, with 81 percent of computer owners saying they manage their finances on a computer and a majority (72 percent) of mobile device owners saying they bank on their mobile devices. Read more>>
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FDIC Updates Stress Testing Implementation Timeline for Large Banks
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has announced it is considering changes to the implementation timeline for the annual capital-adequacy stress tests required by section 165(i)(2) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The changes under consideration would delay implementation until September 2013 for covered institutions with total consolidated assets between $10 billion and $50 billion. Read more>>
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Reg E Remittance Transfers, Customer Disputes and Disclosures

DATE: September 19    Reg E

Our topic for the webinar will focus on the changes to Reg E that become effective Feb. 13, 2013. Start planning now! This change may present significant operational challenges to your institution. Click here to register.
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Market Rates Insight Offers "Lifestyle Financial Services" Study to ICBA Members
Market Rates Insight, Inc., a leader in pricing intelligence for deposits, personal loans, mortgages, and fees, recently conducted the first nationwide consumer study to understand consumer attitudes about fees paid for banking services. The study has uncovered a new category of "lifestyle financial services" that consumers are willing to pay for. Read more>>
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