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The November Madness Is Over

And community banking survived, mostly unhurt.

By Bill Poquette

If you’re not totally burned out on the midterm elections yet, read on for some observations about implications for the banking industry.

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Beef: A Bright Spot in the Ag Economy

By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief

Tom Jensen is senior vice president, ag lending at First National Bank of Omaha, which is ranked as the 10th-largest U.S. ag lender with markets in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas. In mid-September, Ag Banking Editor-in-Chief Bill Poquette visited with him about the beef segment of the agricultural economy. The following is based on that conversation, edited for length and clarity. He is a board member of CattleFax and relied on research from their information and analysis service for his comments.

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Meeting the Challenges: Investments, fintechs and regulations

By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief

Three big challenges facing community bankers were addressed at the opening session of the recent Missouri Independent Bankers Association convention: investment strategies for a flattening yield curve, the competitive threat of global fintech giants, and regulatory pressures.

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Taking Stock: Regulators Report to Congress on S. 2155

By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief

Just over six months ago, the banking industry was thrilled to welcome final passage of S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. Finally, the decade-old Dodd-Frank curse was eased. Constant pressure from financial institution trade groups and their members led to rare bipartisan agreement on a package of relief measures holding great promise for the industry — especially community and regional banks — and the communities it serves.

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Time for a Glass-Steagall Reprise?

Lehman bankruptcy anniversary summons too-big-to-fail memories.

By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief

Sept. 15, 2018, marked the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the fourth-largest and venerated U.S. investment bank that Fortune magazine had labeled a year earlier the No. 1 “most admired securities firm.” A primary cause for the debacle, which was to become a stark symbol of the financial crisis, was imprudent lending amidst the housing bubble.

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