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M&A at Mid-Year

Values rise, pace quickens from a year ago.

By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief

Maybe it’s the weather. The central part of the country has been sweltering since May, and a couple of big-ticket bank acquisitions in Chicago and Denver seem to suggest a warming-up of merger activity and pricing.

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There Is the Economy, Then There Is the Challenge of Community Banking

By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief

As is common when bankers gather for their annual meetings, there were touches of penetrating economic insight from the podium at the Missouri Bankers Association convention June 13-15 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach beside the Lake of the Ozarks.

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The Rule of Eights

Major legislation comes with compelling regularity.

By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief

True to form, S. 2155 arrived right on time, just eight years after the law it was intended to defang, the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. True to form, that is to say, because roughly every eight years, major financial reform legislation is spawned to remedy the perceived evils of the previous version. This trend has been quite consistent over almost the past three decades.

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Nebraska Builds Next Generation of Bankers, Tackles Financial Literacy

By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief, and Alaina Webster, Managing Editor

A year ago at its annual convention, the Nebraska Bankers Association unveiled the results of a months-long study by Chicago-based consulting firm Financial Shares Corp. aimed at charting the group’s strategy as it strives to meet the changing needs of its members. Since then, the organization has focused on challenges such as the lack of rural housing stock, engagement with young bankers, banking’s image in the communities it serves, and financial literacy.

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CRA at 40

Regulators want to catch up with technology.

By Bill, Editor-in-Chief

At age 40 and counting, is the Community Reinvestment Act seeming a bit long in the tooth? Some think so, and a case is being made — by people who can get it done — for an update that reflects the impact of evolving technology on banking services since the most recent effort to resuscitate the regulations in 1995.

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