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Baker Market Update: Aug. 31, 2015


If there are any investors out there who have recently made a pledge to stop smoking, good for you. But, much like Lloyd Bridges in “Airplane”, that cinematic masterpiece of the ‘80’s, you picked the wrong week. Comfort and solace from any source would have been welcomed, as across the globe, equity markets roiled and bond markets churned right along with investors’ stomachs. Aftershocks from the earlier devaluation of the renminbi intensified into new tremors with this week’s rate cuts by the Peoples Bank of China coupled with a reduction in reserve requirements for that nation’s lenders. Surely, things can’t be that bad over there. Yes, they are, and don’t call me Shirley.

Read more in the Baker Market Update

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.

TWIA Board Applications


The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has extended the deadline for applications for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) Board of Directors from August 15, 2015 to September 1, 2015. TWIA serves as the insurer of last resort to provide coverage to residential and commercial properties in certain designated portions of the Texas seacoast territory. 

The requirements for the makeup of the board changed as a result of Senate Bill 900, passed during the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. Under the new requirements, the board will include:

  • Three board members who live in coastal counties, including one who is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent.
  • Three board members who live at least 100 miles from the coast.
  • Three insurance industry representatives who write and renew windstorm and hail insurance along the Gulf Coast. These members must be nominated by insurers that are members of TWIA.

The application is available to download from the TDI website. 

Q3 Dell Sale


For the third quarter of 2015, Dell is offering IBAT member banks, bank employees and customers 35% off the list price of Optiplex and Latitude PCs. Please use current coupon code SAVE35BIZ.

Additional offers include:

  • Save an extra 10% on select XPS and Inspiron PCs
  • Save an extra 10% on select PowerEdge servers $1299 and above
  • Save an extra 10% on Dell Precision Workstations
  • Save up to an additional 10% on select Dell electronics and accessories

While these deals are offered until October 31, IBAT member savings are available from Dell all year long. On average, IBAT members enjoy savings of approximately 30% on each order. If you'd like to take advantage of the Q3 deal, visit Dell's website or contact Bryan Horten, IBAT’s Strategic Account Manager, at 512-942-9120. Be sure to include the unique Dell/IBAT link number GS126658178 when placing your order. For orders of more than five units, please contact Bryan.

Feel free to download the flyer listing the current discounts, and share it with your staff and 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 third of four meetings in 2015, the topic will be ‘Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs! The Compliance Officer’s Responsibilities for Signs ’ presented by Annette Evans of Padgett Stratemann & Co., L.L.P.. 

We highly encourage all compliance officers to attend this informative meeting on September 9, 2015 at 6 p.m. at Morelia Mexican Restaurant in Pflugerville. Additional information can be found here. We hope to see you there!

The Winners Are...


Each year, the IBAT Education Foundation asks IBAT members to nominate educators in their area who teach financial education in innovative ways. The three winning teachers each receive a $1,000 reward and are invited to serve on the IBAT Teach the Teacher Program™ Advisory Board.

The 2015 winners are:

  • Christi Fuchs, Cuero Intermediate School, nominated by TrustTexas Bank, SSB (Cuero)
    Fuchs uses "building bucks," a 5th grade classroom dollar system that promotes classroom readiness, financial literacy, accountability and responsibility.
  • Cindy Reynolds, Dripping Springs High School, nominated by Pioneer Bank, SSB (Dripping Springs)
    Reynolds teaches her high school students financial literacy for small businesses by focusing on financial management concepts as freshmen, then has them run the student store as a small business project their junior year.
  • Kay Whitton, Jim Ned High School in Tuscola, nominated by Texas National Bank (Tuscola).
    Whitton uses a full-year Money Management program with her high school students.

IBAT appreciates the efforts of all applicants. Congratulations to the three deserving winners, and special thanks to the judges.

Complimentary Webinar


Please join us for a complimentary webinar where IBAT General Counsel Karen Neeley will discuss the ins and outs of the new Texas account disclosure in SB 1791. In the days before the September 1 effective date, we have received a lot of questions regarding this disclosure. This program will help you understand what is required, what is not required and give you practical advice on how to implement this disclosure at your bank. 

Please plan to attend this informative program on Thursday, September 3, 10 -11 a.m. During the webinar, you will have the opportunity to send in questions online. We will also have an open discussion at the end. Registration is now open.

We appreciate interest in this webinar and look forward to hearing from you. Contact Shannon Phillips.

Visa-Target Settlement


Target’s reimbursement to Visa issuers for the retailer’s massive data breach in 2013 was announced last week. According to the settlement, Target will pay Visa issuers as much as $67 million. It is currently working on a similar agreement with MasterCard issuers. While this amount is higher than the proposed $19 million settlement with Visa and MasterCard that fell through a few months ago due to insufficient support from MasterCard issuers, it is a fraction - less than 20 percent - of the $400 million cost to replace all compromised cards.

This data breach and the many others that have followed it continue to reaffirm that stronger federal data security and cybersecurity laws are needed immediately. IBAT strongly supports the Data Security Act (H.R. 2205/S. 961), which creates a national uniform standard for timely notification when a retail data breach occurs and applies consistent Gramm-Leach-Bliley data security standards to all businesses that handle secure customer data.

This legislation would also create consistent standards for the protection of consumer data, shift the liability for fraud losses to the entity that experiences the breach, and most importantly, reduce future instances of data breaches.

Social Media Leaders


ICBA recently released its Top 50 Community Bank Leaders in Social Media, and we’re proud to report that several IBAT member banks made the list.

Congratulations to:

  • Frost Bank (San Antonio),
  • Amarillo National Bank, City Bank (Lubbock),
  • Lone Star National (Pharr),
  • Woodforest National Bank (The Woodlands) and
  • First State Bank (Gainesville).

Those recognized were selected based on their engagement, content, number of followers and new content frequency. The social media leaders and influencers will be profiled in the September 2015 issue of ICBA Independent Banker.

You Can Stop CU Expansion


As reported in the Bottom Line on August 11, IBAT filed a comment letter strongly objecting to a proposed rule expanding the ability of credit unions to make small business loans. We are aware of outreach by an association representing credit unions to members of Congress on this issue and want to encourage you to contact your member of Congress, write a comment letter on this proposal or preferably, do both. 

We frequently hear from our members that credit unions in their markets are expanding aggressively, and offering both pricing and underwriting concessions to borrowers that are simply not possible for community banks to match. “Real-life” examples are especially compelling, and direct contact with your member of Congress on this issue to express your frustration is important.

Please refer to the August 11 article for specifics on the proposal and applicable links.

Board Nominations


Nominations are currently open for Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The Bank is accepting nominations for Class A and Class B Directors in the form of a resolution of the member bank’s Board of Directors between now and August 27, 2015. 

Eligibility requirements for Class A and B Directors can be found on the FRB of Dallas website.

Save the Dates


Join us in a great new location next year for Winter Summit XVI, January 25-27, 2016. We will host Winter Summit at the gorgeous Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain in the heart of Vail Valley in Vail, CO. Our Beaver Creek resort features direct access to skiing and golf as well as year-round activities. The Westin is home to the 27,000-square-foot rejuvenating Spa Anjali and Richard Sandoval's Mexican restaurant, Maya. Experience total renewal while at Winter Summit.

What others have said about the Summit:

  • “While we are often frustrated with regulations and laws, it is incumbent on all of us as bankers to stay informed and communicate with our partners.”
  • “The Winter Summit is an excellent opportunity for you to discuss the 'rest of the story' with some of the best minds in our business in a relaxed setting. I support this program and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to stay on the leading edge of events facing our industry."

Registration for Winter Summit XVI will open soon but for now, mark your calendar!

Another not-to-be missed IBAT event to mark on your calendar is TechMecca 2016. You asked and we delivered - gone is the traditional trade show format of TechMecca! Join us in Austin on February 11-12, 2016 for 12 first-class breakout sessions, one cutting edge general session and 40 seven-minute demos from leading partners in the financial services industry. The new format will allow bankers to hear straight from the presenters about new products, services and opportunities.

Registration for TechMecca 2016 will open soon as well! Stay tuned to the Bottom Line for updates about both exciting events.

Contact Julie Courtney with any questions. 

Ready for Dove Season?


Please join us in Leadership Division Region 2 for a sporting clays tournament on August 27 at:
 

San Angelo Claybirds
Association Range
12026 US Highway 67 South
 

1:30 p.m. – Registration
2:00 p.m. – Start Time
5:30 p.m. – Barbecue Dinner (sponsored by CalTech)
 

 

(Trap, skeet, 5 stand and sporting clay ranges open at 1:00 p.m. at shooter’s expense)
Tournament with dinner: $85 per person
Tournament open to bank employees, customers, board members and sponsors.
 

Fee includes shells and meal. Shooters need to bring their own shotgun (auto, over/under or double barrel) and eye protection.
Golf/Hunting carts welcomed.
 

Sponsorships are available. Contact Joseph Thomas (Texas State Bank, San Angelo) at 325-944-7533.

Please join us in Leadership Division Region 10 for a sporting clays event on August 27 at:
 

Boswell-Porter 4-H Range in
Snook, TX
7676 County Road 247
 

3:00 p.m. - Registration
4:00 p.m. - Start Time
Prizes, dinner and drinks will follow.
 


 

The event is arranged to assist IBAT members in networking at the local level and to raise funds for the IBAT Legislative Fund in order to continue the fight in Washington. The event is open to all IBAT bankers, directors and affiliates.
 

Registration fees (include shotgun shells and dinner):
 

$125 per person (4 man team)
$25 per person for networking, dinner and drinks only (non-shooters)
Sponsorships are available at the following levels:
 

Gold: $500 | Silver: $250 | Bronze: $100

Baker Market Update: Aug. 24, 2015


These days, trying to make sense out of all the economic data that pours over us is like trying to read Chinese. Maybe that’s because the most significant data of late is written in Chinese. Just yesterday, markets were surprised by the weakest manufacturing report out of the PRC in 77 months. The dark clouds that seem to be forming over the world most populous nation may not be confined to the mainland. The fraying fortunes of Asia’s juggernaut have sparked concerns for the negative consequences that its economic downturn may bring to others. Like us.

Read more in the Baker Market Update.

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