IBAT Office Hours

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from IBAT! In observance, the IBAT offices will have the following schedule over the next two weeks:

  • Monday, December 22 - regular business hours
  • Tuesday, December 23 - regular business hours
  • Wednesday, December 24 - closed
  • Thursday, December 25 - closed
  • Friday, December 26 - closed
  • Monday, December 29 - regular business hours
  • Tuesday, December 30 - regular business hours
  • Wednesday, December 31 - IBAT offices close at noon
  • Thursday, January 1 - closed
  • Friday, January 2 - IBAT offices close at noon

We will resume to regular business hours on Monday, January 5, 2015. 

Baker Market Update: Dec. 22, 2014

Thank goodness for on-line shopping. Just yesterday, another package arrived at the house from Amazon’s Fulfillment Center. What a concept! An actual location for those seeking fulfillment! Can we go there? Can we go there now? We were reminded this week, however, that the Fed is not Amazon and, for some, the delivery of monetary fulfillment may still take a “considerable time”. Wednesday’s press release following the FOMC’s two-day meeting declared that economic progress continues at a pace languid enough to allow the Committee to be “patient” in its quest to normalize monetary policy. A growing number of Committee members, apparently, are tired of being abnormal and dissented from the statement. Score update: Doves 7, Hawks 3. Two seats remain, well, unfulfilled.

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.

Winter Summit XV

We are pleased to announce that registration for the IBAT Winter Summit XV is now open. This popular program, now in its 15th year, provides an unmatched opportunity to learn from senior regulators and expert banking attorneys as well as access to timely information on the economy, interest rate trends and investment strategies. In addition to the interactive general sessions, there are ample opportunities for networking and informal conversations with the speakers and other attendees.

The program will again be held in beautiful South Lake Tahoe, and the schedule allows for time to take advantage of an abundance of recreational opportunities. 

Register now and make plans to join us February 8-10, 2015 for another outstanding program... and a great educational value.

Please contact Julie or Jessica or call us at 800.749.4228 if you have any questions or need further information or assistance.

EGRPRA Meeting - Dallas

On February 4, 2015, regulatory agencies, along with the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, will host the second EGRPRA Hearing (Economic Growth & Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996) in Dallas. Under EGRPRA, the agencies are required to review their regulations at least every 10 years to identify outdated or otherwise unnecessary regulatory requirements imposed on insured depository institutions.

As reported in The Bottom Line last week, the first EGRPRA meeting was held recently in Los Angeles, where Fed Board Governor Lael Brainard and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry offered support for common sense regulatory reform for community banks.

The Dallas meeting will be held at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank at 200 N. Pearl Street. Additional details of the meeting will be available in the weeks to come, but please mark your calendar and plan on attending.

Fair Housing Act Case

Oral arguments have been scheduled in the United States Supreme Court representing the best opportunity to reign in the rogue misapplication of disparate impact doctrine to fair lending enforcement (Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.). 

In hearing the case, the court will consider whether disparate impact claims are enforceable under the Fair Housing Act.

You’ll recall that two earlier cases were slated for consideration by the nation’s highest court, only to be scuttled at the last minute as the Justice Department and defendants reached out of court settlements. No such settlement is expected between the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and the Justice Department.

Industry Update Call Recap

On Friday, IBAT held its final Associate Member Industry Update Call of 2014. The audio recording is now available on the IBAT website.

IBAT will continue to offer update calls for Associate Members once per quarter in 2015. The next one is scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015 from 9:30-10:30a.m., CST.

To learn more and register for the 2015 update calls, follow the links below:

Community Bank Victory

Some community banks looking for additional options in raising capital received welcome news last week, as Congress approved one element of the IBAT and ICBA-backed “Plan for Prosperity.”

H.R. 3329 requires the Federal Reserve to revise the Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement – a set of capital guidelines that have the force of law – to increase the qualifying asset threshold from $500 million to $1 billion. In effect, this will make it easier for small bank holding companies to raise additional capital and increase lending.

“The passage of H.R. 3329 is a step forward for those of us who have been pushing for common sense standards to be developed for the regulation of community banks,” said IBAT President and CEO Chris Williston. “This is a positive development in our quest for regulatory relief and a bifurcated regulatory system and I hope this sentiment carries over to the new Congress.”

President Obama is expected to sign the bill this week.

White Paper

It’s that time of year. Christmas lights are twinkling, festive music is ubiquitous, and IBAT is reminding community bankers to take action to protect security interests on loans in which customers are responsible for paying their own taxes, especially with respect to tax lien loans.

As in past years, IBAT has prepared a checklist of actions for Texas community banks to consider incorporating procedures to get in front of this issue before a tax lien is transferred.

Click here to download the whitepaper.

2015 Education

As you finalize plans for education and training of your staff in 2015, consider purchase of one or more webinar series from IBAT. Advance purchase of a series allows you to receive access to six webinars for the price of 5. Click the links below for more information on the:

Of course, you can always purchase single webinars or view the entire lineup of upcoming online education by clicking here.

Join Us in Paradise

Following the 2015 ICBA Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla. is the IBAT Post-Convention Program. Join us at the world-class Atlantis Resort & Casino in Paradise Island, Bahamas from March 5-7, 2015.

Two morning programs will be facilitated by consultants well known to Texas community bankers: 

  • Day one will focus on compensation issues and trends as well as what high-performance financial institutions are doing to attract and retain top talent.
  • Day two will focus on a variety of top-of-mind issues for banking senior managers, including the regulatory and legal environment, capital formation, and mergers and acquisition trends.

Discounted room rates for single or double occupancy are $219 Coral Tower/$249 Royal Tower per night with a 20 percent occupancy tax rate.Register now as the room block is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope to see you on the miles and miles of white sand beaches!

Week in Review: Dec. 15, 2014

Lost in the bedlam of the current congressional in-fighting over attempts to pass a spending bill and avoid a government “shutdown,” an almost overlooked codicil attached to the proposed budget could have significant and long-lasting consequences for the future of monetary policy and college football.
If approved in its present form, this obscure proviso would require the FOMC and the Bowl Selection Committee to assume the responsibilities of the other. Such a role reversal could result in Janet Yellen and Richard Fisher debating strength-of-schedule arguments while Condoleeza Rice and Archie Manning try to figure out the meaning of “considerable time.”

Dell Deals

Whether you’re preparing to place an order for your bank or for your family members, Dell has lined up some impressive holiday deals for IBAT members, including:

  • 40% off Latitude;
  • 40% off Optiplex;
  • 40% off Precision Workstation; and
  • 35% off PowerEdge Servers.

IBAT's endorsement of Dell has saved IBAT members more than $5.5 million, so far, with an average savings of approximately 30%! As the discounts are for the use of IBAT member banks and their employees, we encourage you toprint out this PDF flyer and post it in your bank’s common areas for employee use.

Ordering is easy: visit Dell's website or contact Bryan Horten, IBAT’s Strategic Account Manager, at 512-942-9120 to order. As a reminder, whenever ordering Dell equipment please be sure to include the unique Dell/IBAT link number GS126658178.