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Editorial: Tell Lawmakers to Save the Community Bank

By Chris Williston

December 22 – Being a presidential election year, 2016 promises to bring much talk about many political hot topics, but not near enough talk about one of the greatest threats to our economy—the endangerment of community banks. (more…)

Michigan editorial: most area lawmakers don’t understand basic economics

Kansas City Star editorial: Economy weathered a rough year … maybe

Kansas City Star editorial: Wider income gap a threat

24 Million Americans Likely to Take Personal Loans This Year

January 28 – Twenty-four million Americans are likely to take out a personal loan this year, according to a new report, including 10 million who are very likely and 14 million who are somewhat likely.


Mortgage Rates Post Slight Increase

August 21 – Mortgage rates were up modestly this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 4.06 percent, according to’s weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.25 discount and origination points.


American Banker and BAI Kick Off FinTech Forward 2015

May 18 – American Banker and BAI have announced the call for nominations for the 2015 FinTech Forward rankings. Through the strategic alliance of American Banker and BAI, FinTech Forward reaches banking’s largest, most influential and most engaged community of executives and technology leaders.


Carl Marks Banking Consultant Makes ‘People to Watch’ List

March 25 – Carl Marks Advisors, a leading consulting and investment banking advisor to middle market companies,  announced that Charles Boguslaski has been named one of the “People to Watch — 2015,” according to Turnarounds & Workouts‘ latest special report.  The report recognizes business professionals for their outstanding achievements in working on bankruptcies, corporate renewals, financings, turnarounds, and restructurings. (more…)

American Banker Index of Banking Activity: Sinking Oil Prices, Weather Take Toll

March 13 – The severe and extended decline in oil prices and a slowdown in consumer activity sapped some of the banking industry’s momentum in January, according to respondents surveyed for the latest American Banker’s Index of Banking Activity (IBA).


Jack Hartings: At the Heart of Community Banking

By Bill Poquette

Love of community comes up frequently in conversation with Jack Hartings, incoming chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America. He still lives 10 miles from the high school he graduated from in western Ohio, where the verdant landscape serves as a backdrop for family farms and small towns. Despite a busy travel schedule, he remains active in the community, whether it means serving on the local Kiwanis Club, getting involved in the Chamber of Commerce or attending every home football and basketball game of the local high school. Factors such as these are what keeps community bankers grounded, he says.


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