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NACHA CEO Janet O. Estep Named to Steering Committee of Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force

July 24 – The Electronic Payments Association President and CEO Janet O. Estep has been named as a member of the steering committee of the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force.

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Chair Janet Yellen Speaks on Monetary Policy and Financial Stability

July 3 – Federal Reserve Chair Janet L. Yellen addressed monetary policy and financial stability at the 2014 Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C. Below are her comments.

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Ranking Member Waters Leads House Democrats in Supporting Janet Yellen for Federal Reserve Chairman

Aug 1 – Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters, joined by 37 of her fellow Democrats, delivered a letter urging President Obama to nominate Janet Yellen, current vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, to replace Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve when his term expires.

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Fed Vice Chair Janet L. Yellen Gives Outlook on the Economy

October 21 – Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet L. Yellen gave a presentation titled, “The Outlook for the U.S. Economy and Economic Policy” at the Annual Meeting of the Financial Management Association International. Her comments follow:

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Western Independent Bankers Announce 2017 Community Bank and Banker of the Year Recipients

March 31 – Western Independent Bankers (WIB) has announced recipients of the 2017 Community Bank and Community Banker awards to Montecito Bank & Trust (MB&T) and Mark Francis, President and CEO of Golden Valley Bank, respectively. The announcement was made in front of hundreds of attendees at WIB’s Annual Conference for Bank Presidents, Senior Officers, and Directors. Award recipients were honored for their enduring impact on local communities, exceptional bank performance, and demonstrated industry innovation.

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NACHA Introduces the Faster Payments Experience

March 20 – NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association will introduce the Faster Payments Experience — a consummate educational opportunity encompassing sessions and solutions that focus on real-time, same-day and other faster payments initiatives — at PAYMENTS 2017, the premier event for the payments industry that will take place April 23-26 in Austin, Texas.

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NACHA’s Board of Directors Elects New Officers, Adds Two Representatives to Board Advisory Group

February 14 – NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association has announced the election of new officers to its Board of Directors. The Board oversees the governance and administration of NACHA and addresses topics of strategic significance to the ACH Network. It consists of 19 directors representing a diverse set of depository financial institutions of all sizes and types that use and support the ACH Network.

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The Year of Regulatory Relief?

Bankers are encouraged by news from Washington.

By Bill Poquette

This could be an exciting year for all who long for regulatory relief for community banks. Hopes are high and certainly the stars are aligned as well as they ever will be. Following the Republican sweep in the November elections, several developments during President Trump’s transition to office and since the inauguration may serve to heighten the anticipation.

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Too Big to Fail Revisited

New Fed rule lowers risk of taxpayer bailouts.

By  Bill Poquette

A foolproof resolution strategy for too-big-to-fail financial institutions is not topmost on most community bankers’ wish list. But it figured in the presidential campaigns and more recently has been in the news for other reasons.

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Will Trump Election Make American Banks Great Again?

By Toni Lapp

November 9 –  Now that the dust has settled in the wake of one of the most vitriolic presidential campaigns in modern history, bankers want to know what to expect from President-elect Donald Trump. (more…)

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