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Trade Uncertainties Lie Heavy Over ABA Ag Bankers Conference

By Alaina Webster

As snow flurries swirled outside Omaha’s CHI Health Center, talk of tariffs and trade wars swirled among the presenters and attendees gathered in Nebraska for the American Bankers Association’s National Agricultural Bankers Conference.

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Deposits, Politics, Tech: MBA’s Executives Consider 2019

By Bill Poquette and Alaina Webster

Liquidity is a top concern of both bankers and their regulators. As such it occupied a prominent spot on the program for the Missouri Bankers Association’s recent Executive Management Conference. As one of the leadoff speakers for the Dec. 5-7, 2018 meeting in Kansas City succinctly described the situation, loan growth continues to outpace deposit growth, and banks have shifted cash flows from investments into loans.

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Emerging Core Provider Gains ABA Investment

The American Bankers Association recently announced a direct investment in Finxact, an emerging technology company that offers an innovative, open core banking platform for financial institutions. The investment in Finxact reflects ABA’s commitment to ensuring that member banks have the technology and tools they need to make the transition to banking’s digital future, according to a release from the organization. The association’s board of directors, acting on a recommendation by ABA’s Venture Investment Committee, approved the investment.

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ABA, Wharton Online Launch Three Emerging Leaders Certificates

The American Bankers Association and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Online have launched a new ABA-Wharton Emerging Leaders Certificate, three new online certificate programs that provide in-depth training for the industry’s emerging leaders. Building on the long-standing partnership between ABA and Wharton, the certificates cover leadership strategy, employee motivation and engagement, and advanced leadership skills.

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Trade Negotiations Loom Large over Farmers in 2019

American Farm Bureau Federation policy experts gave an overview of the issues expected to affect farmers and ranchers in 2019 in a workshop at the organization’s 100th Annual Convention.

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