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A Circuitous Route to a Banking Career

Jessica Green worked as an elementary schoolteacher before joining her family’s bank in Hamilton, Mo., where she now works as executive vice president.

By Kristin Rulon

One person may be determined to make banking a career and earn the appropriate college degree(s); another person may  serendipitously fall into a banking career. Then there is the person who has deep roots in banking and knows what the future ultimately entails, such as Jessica Green, executive vice president of operations at The Hamilton Bank in Missouri. For Green, a fourth-generation banker, growing up in the banking world made the transition from elementary education teacher to banker fairly smooth. (more…)

FDIC Publishes Guide to Products and Programs Offered by Federal Home Loan Banks

April 6 – The FDIC has published a new guide to help community bankers learn more about the programs and products offered by the Federal Home Loan Banks  to facilitate mortgage lending.

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U.S. Investor Optimism Rises to Highest Level in 16 Years

March 24 – The Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index is at a 16-year high following a 30-point increase from fourth-quarter 2016 to +126 in the first quarter. Investors are now the most optimistic they have been about the U.S. investment climate since the dot-com boom in November 2000, when the index was +130.

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Reinventing Farm Loan Policy

How to draft a useful document for a tough farm economy.

By John M. Blanchfield

 

You lead a team at the bank that has been assigned the job of revising the bank’s agricultural lending policy. This is a real opportunity to demonstrate to management that you and your team know how to manage agricultural credits. But how do you go about crafting a farm loan policy that is current, flexible and valuable to your bank during a tough farm economy?

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ComplianceOnline Announces Banking Summit 2017

February 24 – ComplianceOnline, a governance, risk and compliance advisory network with more than 1,500 experts in various regulatory subjects, has announced its Banking Summit 2017 venue and speaker lineup. The Summit will take place on April 27 and 28, 2017 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

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More Than 1,500 Financial Institutions Utilizing Verafin’s FRAMLx Solution

February 23 – Verafin, a cross-institutional BSA/AML and fraud detection solution provider, continues to shape and enhance the future of the fight against financial crime.

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Smart Card Alliance Educates Merchants and Issuers on Contactless Payments

January 10 –  Contactless payments have become one of the most popular ways to pay globally with usage in countries such as the U.K., Canada and Australia growing every day. As U.S. merchants and issuers look to move towards faster, more convenient payments, the Smart Card Alliance is providing new resources, including two infographics and a Q&A to outline benefits and security considerations for contactless payments in the U.S.

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First National Bank Introduces Mobile Debit Card Controls with CardGuard

September 27 – First National Bank of Pennsylvania, the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corporation, has introduced CardGuardSM, the latest upgrade to the FNB Direct mobile banking app. CardGuard gives FNB customers real-time control over how their debit card is used, providing enhanced protection against fraud and improved budgeting support.

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Federal Housing Programs Detailed in FDIC Guide

September 20 – The FDIC has launched a mortgage guide and online resource center to help community bankers learn more about single-family housing products offered by federal agencies and government-sponsored enterprises. (more…)

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