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The Cannabis Conundrum

States continue to legalize marijuana, but federal law lags trend.

By Bill Poquette

After the 2018 midterm elections, voters in 33 states have legalized marijuana to some degree, and Michigan in November became the 10th state to allow recreational use. Missouri was one of two states, along with Utah, to give the nod to medical marijuana in the fall balloting.

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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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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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Do We Need Fintech Charters and ILCs?

Or are they the proverbial solution looking for a problem?

By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief

Last August in this space, I wrote about a speech by Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika in mid-July strongly defending the agency’s proposal for special-purpose national charters for fintech companies offering banking or bank-like services. This was a few weeks after the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the New York Department of Financial services filed lawsuits — which were subsequently dismissed as premature — charging the OCC lacked legal grounds for such charters.

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