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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

American Banker Index of Banking Activity Reaches Highest Level in 9 Months

May 9 – The American Banker Index of Banking Activity (IBA) rose sharply in March, reaching its highest level in nine months as bankers reported a strong seasonal boost in demand for consumer and commercial credit.

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Chase, Ally and Simple Bank Take Home Best Bank Honors

April 25 – MyBankTracker has announced the winners of its quarterly Best Bank awards, which recognize the best banks in the U.S. across seven major categories. Chase Bank won the honor of Best National Bank and Ally was judged the nation’s Best Online Bank in Q2 2016. In the Best Mobile App category, Simple took home top pick for its intuitive user experience and broad capabilities. These winners reflect the growing influence that digital and mobile technology have over consumers’ banking preferences.

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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 Bankrate.com report, including 10 million who are very likely and 14 million who are somewhat likely.

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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 Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.25 discount and origination points.

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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.

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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…)

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