IBAT News

Week in Review: April 20, 2014


The “road to normalcy” is not a real road; you won’t find it on Google Maps. It’s more of a concept, and at present, a concept that looks like an aspiration in need of affirmation. If it were a real road, you would probably want four-wheel drive. Things have gotten a little bumpy. The macro-economic thoroughfare that, by now, should be smoothly paved with growth and prosperity has developed a few potholes that have generated renewed speculation about just how much longer construction will need to continue. This week’s news provided very little help to those trying to gauge exactly when Janet Yellen’s road crew will allow travel to normalcy; that place where interest rates are above zero.

Read more in the Baker Market Update.

Dell Spring Sale!


Dell is doubling its discounts exclusively for IBAT member banks, bank employees and customers through the month of April. If you'd like to take advantage of this deal, visit Dell's website. On average, IBAT members enjoy savings of approximately 30% on each order.

Current offers include:

  • 10% off Latitude, Optiplex, XPS, Desktops and Laptops;
  • 20% off Precision Workstations;
  • 20% off PowerEdge Servers $1499 and above;
  • 4% off Inspiron Desktops and Laptops; and
  • 10% off Dell electronics and accessories.

Ordering is easy! Visit Dell's website or contact Bryan Horten, IBAT’s Strategic Account Manager, at 512-942-9120. To ensure you are getting the maximum discounts available with your IBAT membership, please include the unique Dell/IBAT link number GS126658178 when placing your order.

April Consumer Tips


To help educate consumers about EMV/chipcards, IBAT’s April Consumer Tips publication discusses the added security benefits and how the customer experience will change with this new type of card. We encourage you to share this information with your customers.

Upcoming HOTCO Meeting


The Heart of Texas Compliance Officers (HOTCO) is a newly created association for compliance officers at banks and credit unions in Travis County and surrounding areas. For HOTCO’s second of four meetings in 2015, the topic will be ‘Integrated Disclosures: Tools for Compliance ’ presented by Michael H. Patterson and Zack Boonjue of Peirson Patterson, L.L.P. 

We highly encourage all compliance officers to attend this informative meeting on May 28, 2015 at 6 p.m. at Morelia Mexican Restaurant in Pflugerville. Additional information can be found here. We hope to see you there!

IBAT Webinars


Did you know? IBAT, in conjunction with Financial Education, Inc., hosts close to 150 webinars a year. Webinars are a very economical way to train your staff for one low price. Everyone can sit in on the program with the use of a speakerphone and a computer, or access archived webinars on-demand.

Topics are broken up by category or by date and include:

  • Auditing & Accounting
  • Collection
  • Compliance
  • Directors
  • Frontline and New Accounts
  • Human Resources
  • IT
  • IRA
  • Lending
  • Operations
  • Security & Fraud
  • Senior Management

You can access a complete listing of upcoming webinars and archived webinars here.

Best of Community Banking


IBAT encourages you to submit your entry for the 24th Annual Best of Community Banking Awards. We hope that you’ll take this opportunity to tell the story of your bank’s involvement in the community and the exceptional projects you’ve undertaken this past year, whether it be in community service, financial literacy, marketing or architectural design. The entry deadline is June 30, 2015.

All entries will be on display during IBAT's 41st Annual Convention in Galveston, September 19-22, 2015. Gold Eagle Award winners will be recognized during the Best of Community Banking Awards luncheon on Monday, September 21. Additional information and entry details can be found here.

Basel III Update


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.

One additional Basel III-related question was answered last week by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen, who declined to pursue any policy change to Basel III’s capital conservation buffer for Subchapter S banks. Yellen’s comments on the issue came in response to a letter sent to the Chairman by Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer in the fall. “By holding more than 1.25 percent capital above the minimum regulatory capital requirement, a state member bank can distribute up to 40 percent of eligible retained earnings as dividends,” she wrote. “As a result, shareholders should be able to pay their tax liabilities under most circumstances.”

“We are disappointed by Chairman Yellen’s decision not to pursue a policy change in response to community bank concerns in this area,” said IBAT President and CEO Chris Williston. “It seems an undue and unfair hardship to limit a bank’s ability to meet its tax obligations due to its corporate structure.”

And the Winners Are...


IBAT appreciates the efforts of the 18 associate members who submitted entries as well as the independent committee for the time, effort and care that went into the selection of the 2015 IBAT Five*Star Award winners.

Congratulations to:

  • Bank Compensation Consulting, Inc. (Tier 1)
  • CalTech (Tier 2)
  • First American Payment Systems, LLC (Tier 3)

The awards will be presented during the General Session at IBAT's 30th Annual Leadership Conference on Friday, June 12 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio. We hope to see you there!

Maintaining Momentum in D.C.


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:

Yesterday, the House passed the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities Act (H.R. 1259) to allow individuals to petition the CFPB to reassess the rural status of counties. 

“We are extremely pleased that the House is acting swiftly and judiciously on measures that will alleviate the tremendous burden that has plagued community banks since the passage of Dodd-Frank,” said IBAT President and CEO Chris Williston.

Meanwhile, hopes are fading that the Senate Banking Committee will meet its goal of marking up regulatory relief measures in April as previously scheduled. Negotiations are still underway among Senate Republicans and Democrats as to what should be included in a comprehensive bill. 

Survey


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.

Participants will be able to learn from peers’ experiences once results are compiled and released. Complete the survey.

Day at the Capitol


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.

Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from a variety of state leaders, share fellowship with colleagues at a group dinner and enjoy a breakfast reception with a great showing of lawmakers from across the state. IBAT appreciates each and every person who was able to attend. We are successful because of you and what you do, and there is no better time to show IBAT’s strength than during the middle of the Texas Legislative Session.

A select group of pictures from the event is now available online. If you cannot access the pictures or are looking for additional photos not included online, please contact Christopher Williston for assistance.

Baker Market Update: Apr. 13, 2015


A metaphor for [last] week’s market news might best be found in a description of Spring’s capricious weather. Hailstones and twisters one day; cloudless skies and sunshine the next. Monday morning brought us the first dark clouds in the form of more bad news for the jobs picture. On the heels of the prior week’s dismal Unemployment Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Federal Reserve announced that their Labor Market Conditions Index (LMCI) fell to negative .3 from a downwardly revised previous level of +2. A bit of piling on! Nobody got hurt, however, and the danger was swept away by Tuesday’s encouraging JOLT’s (Job Openings and Labor Turnover) Report. The 5,133k number of job openings is the highest monthly total in 14 years. While that is certainly good news, the “quality” of these positions is of concern to many as the lower-paying and lower-skilled service sector continues to be the epicenter of much of the job growth.

Read more in the Baker Market Update.

Lending Compliance Summit


Join IBAT’s General Counsel Karen Neeley as she presents IBAT's twelfth annual Lending Compliance Summit

Come for the latest information and an unparalleled opportunity to network and share ideas with your peers. Applying lessons learned from experience with theDodd-Frank Act, the Summit will look at the recurring issues and pending changes related to QM versus ATR as well as RESPA servicing issues and appraisal requirements. Additionally, the Summit will include a moderated best practices session.

This Summit will provide an overview of recent regulatory changes, litigation of interest and practical recommendations for implementation at community banks. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Integrated Disclosure
  • Third Party Vendors
  • Unfair, Deceptive, Abusive, Acts and Practices
  • Fair Lending
  • Home Equity Lending
  • Lending Compliance Management
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Residential Mortgage Lending Challenge
  • Pot Pourri of Current Hot Topics

This Summit will benefit anyone responsible for the lending and compliance departments at community financial institutions

Upcoming Compliance Meetings


IBAT is hosting a series of information-sharing meetings with compliance officers from around the state. This is your opportunity for a face-to-face meeting to exchange information with other compliance officers and IBAT staff. To ensure the information exchanged is relevant to you, there are three meetings divided by asset size. If your bank’s asset size qualifies you for two meetings, choose the meeting that best fits you. If you received an email about one of these meetings and have already registered, there’s nothing more to do.

Dates:

  • April 23 – Banks with assets of $300MM or less
  • May 12 – Banks with assets of $250MM to $750MM
  • May 14 – Banks with assets of $700MM or more

To register for one of these events, please contact Leslee Walker atlwalker@ibat.org or 512-275-2214.

All meetings will take place at IBAT headquarters in Austin from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (at the latest). There is no cost to attend and lunch will be catered. Each meeting is limited to the first 20 registrants.

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