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Basel III Update

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Last week, federal banking regulators issued a frequently asked questions document addressing a number of questions community bankers have raised regarding the Basel III regulatory capital rules. The FAQs cover issues such as high-volatility real estate exposures and off-balance-sheet exposures, among others.

Maintaining Momentum in D.C.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is back in session this week following its Easter recess. The good news for community banks is a plan by House leadership to take up several important bills, each designed to help alleviate the regulatory burden on our industry. These bills are relatively non-controversial having passed the full House in the previous Congress. The bills, supported by IBAT and ICBA, are as follows:

Survey

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Sageworks’ 2015 Bank & Credit Union Exam Survey is now open. This biennial survey covers federal banking examinations, and bankers are invited to anonymously share feedback about their recent experiences. The survey, which will take no longer than 10 minutes, focuses on areas such as the ALLL, stress testing and loan review, among other related topics.

Day at the Capitol

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We want to thank the more than 150 members of the IBAT family for taking time out of your busy schedule last week to come to Austin for Community Banking Day at the Capitol. We had a very impressive showing of community bankers and others in the industry who converged on the Capitol to meet with their elected officials, tell the community banking story and advocate for important legislation underway.

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