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Rural Economic Trend Is Positive, but Weak Farm Income Hurts

April 20 — The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index slipped in April, but remained above growth neutral for a third straight month, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy. This is the first time since the middle of 2015 that the survey has recorded three straight months of overall indices above growth neutral.

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What Makes a Bank One of the 15 Best-Run Community Banks?

April 19 — Based on an analysis of data from more than 4,100 banks in the United States, Sageworks has identified the 15 best-run community banks. The standings were based on a combination of return on average assets and efficiency ratio. Banks from 12 states are included in the list.

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Beware the Dreaded ‘Deconversion Fee’

Letter to the Editor

By Mark Field

Making sure that you have the best technology solutions in place for your community bank is tough enough. Making a change in order to save money or obtain better service should be an option open to every bank. For this reason, you want to make sure you never accept a vendor contract that imposes a large “deconversion fee” on your bank.

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KC Fed Launches Small Business Lending Survey

April 6 — The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has launched a national quarterly Small Business Lending Survey (FR 2028D) that includes quantitative and qualitative data on credit market conditions for bank lending to small businesses across the country. Results will provide detailed information on commercial banks’ lending activity and terms, as well as a snapshot of small businesses’ access to credit.

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‘Link to the Future’ Hopes to Inspire Careers in Financial Industry

April 6 — Securities America, La Vista, Neb., has launched “Link to the Future,” a scholarship program that seeks to inspire current advisors’ college-age daughters and sons, as well as other finance-oriented university students, to pursue careers in the financial advice industry. The program will enable recipients to attend the firm’s Connect National Conference in New Orleans from June 3-6.

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