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 March 20, 2013
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Hail to the Voices of Reason  

Bill cropped Are community banks gaining clout with regulators and lawmakers? Growing evidence suggests this is indeed the case. Recently, for instance, at the same Banking Committee hearing where Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., skewered top regulators for relying on settlements and consent orders rather than taking any Wall Street banks to trial for their roles in the financial crisis, these same regulators made sure the panel knew the interests of community banks were being weighed in their rulemaking processes.  Read more>> 

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The proposed revisions focus primarily on community development. Community development activities are considered as part of the CRA performance tests for large institutions, intermediate small institutions and wholesale and limited purpose institutions. Read more>>
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ICBA's Cam Fine: We Weren't Born to Follow, We Hold on to What We Believe
Quoting the phrases, "we weren't born to follow," "you've gotta hold on to what you believe" and "we don't care what they say - we know we'll find a way," Cam Fine ran though a list of ICBA's advocacy accomplishments on behalf of community banks at the 2013 ICBA National Convention and Techworld in Las Vegas.   Read more>>
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Gruenberg: Deposit Insurance Premiums Not Going Down Anytime Soon
FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg spoke at the Independent Community Bankers Association's National Convention in Las Vegas last week. Besides telling the audience that premiums will not decrease anytime soon, Gruenberg noted that it's not clear whether U.S. small businesses would have sufficient access to the type of credit they need if there were not a strong community banking sector. Read more>>

The FDIC's Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection Community Affairs Branch will host a webinar titled, "Opportunities for Community Banks - Federal Guarantee Programs that Support Export Lending to Small Business," which will introduce institutions to federal guarantee programs that support export lending. Read more>>

Consumers Snap Their Way to More Than $40 Billion in Deposits
Not only does Mitek estimate that its Mobile Deposit has facilitated more than $40 billion in check deposits, but it also estimates that the service has saved banks more than $100 million since its inception. Read more>>
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