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Car Lot BN 8-2012While the problems in mortgage lending have grabbed the lion's share of attention during the recent financial downturn, banks continue to make improvements in other lending areas, namely automotive lending. For Ohio-based Lorain National Bank, a long history of focusing on strong credit quality in automotive lending was a catalyst for remaining successful during the downturn. Read more>>

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FHFA Releases Statement on the Use of Principal Forgiveness by Fannie, Freddie
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"Assisting troubled borrowers and encouraging recovery in the housing market is extremely important, yet, there are more cost-effective and efficient options that carry fewer unintended consequences than principal reductions," said Bob Davis, American Bankers Association executive vice president of mortgage policy. Read more>>
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The banking industry has undergone changes since the financialNew Jersey Bankers Assoc. Pres. Video crisis hit. But New Jersey Bankers Association President and CEO John McWeeney told NJ Today Senior Correspondent Desiree Taylor that community banks in the state are doing well, increasing their lending by $17 billion since the financial crisis began. While his organization has some concerns with new industry regulations, he said members are complying with the law and representatives are meeting with regulators to address the issues. Click here to view the video.
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The Federal Reserve Board has announced the approval of a final rule that amends the provisions in Regulation II (Debit Card Interchange Fees and Routing) that permit a debit card issuer subject to the interchange fee standards to receive a fraud-prevention adjustment. Read more>>
Over 300,000 Consumers Paid $55 Million in Interest From Kasasa Accounts
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