IBAT News

IBAT PAC Auction


The IBAT
Convention
is only 2 weeks away and your IBAT staff is working hard to make
this a great event for our members.  Time is short but you still have time
to get in your PAC Auction items.   

We've got:

  • jewelry and handbags
    for the discerning woman;
  • toys for the grandparents;
  • fishing and hunting
    outings for the sportsmen;
  • artwork for the collector;  sports tickets for
    the sports fans; and
  • many many more items. 

Don't forget to get your items
in by September 26th, by filling out the Auction Participation Form, if you would like to be included in the
Auction Guide

CFPB Community Bank Council


Glen
Thurman, First National Bank of Moody, has been named to the CFPB's
newly-formed Community Bank Advisory Council.  The council, composed of
representatives serving in financial institutions under $10 billion in assets,
is to provide the CFPB with feedback and recommendations to inform its policy
development, research, rulemaking, and engagement functions.

Thurman will
serve a two-year term on the council.  Congratulations to Glen on this
appointment!

Baker Market Update


Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in August suggests that economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace in recent months. Growth in employment has been slow, and the unemployment rate remains elevated. Household spending has continued to advance, but growth in business fixed investment appears to have slowed. The housing sector has shown some further signs of improvement, albeit from a depressed level. Inflation has been subdued, although the prices of some key commodities have increased recently. Longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable.


Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee is concerned that, without further policy accommodation, economic growth might not be strong enough to generate sustained improvement in labor market conditions. Furthermore, strains in global financial markets continue to pose significant downside risks to the economic outlook. The Committee also anticipates that inflation over the medium term likely would run at or below its 2 percent objective.  

To support a stronger economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at the rate most consistent with its dual mandate, the Committee agreed today to increase policy accommodation by purchasing additional agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion per month. The Committee also will continue through the end of the year its program to extend the average maturity of its holdings of securities as announced in June, and it is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities. These actions, which together will increase the Committee’s holdings of longer-term securities by about $85 billion each month through the end of the year, should put downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative.


The Committee will closely monitor incoming information on economic and financial developments in coming months. If the outlook for the labor market does not improve substantially, the Committee will continue its purchases of agency mortgage-backed securities, undertake additional asset purchases, and employ its other policy tools as appropriate until such improvement is achieved in a context of price stability. In determining the size, pace, and composition of its asset purchases, the Committee will, as always, take appropriate account of the likely efficacy and costs of such purchases.


To support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability, the Committee expects that a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy will remain appropriate for a considerable time after the economic recovery strengthens. In particular, the Committee also decided today to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and currently anticipates that exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate are likely to be warranted at least through mid-2015.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Elizabeth A. Duke; Dennis P. Lockhart; Sandra Pianalto; Jerome H. Powell; Sarah Bloom Raskin; Jeremy C. Stein; Daniel K. Tarullo; John C. Williams; and Janet L. Yellen. Voting against the action was Jeffrey M. Lacker, who opposed additional asset purchases and preferred to omit the description of the time period

Flag Alert


HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA


BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for the memory of John Christopher Stevens, United
States Ambassador to Libya, and American personnel killed in the
senseless attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, by the
authority vested in me as President of the United States by the
Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby
order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at
the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all
military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the
Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United
States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, September 16,
2012. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the
same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular
offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities
and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of
September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and
thirty-seventh.

Silver Alert


AFFECTED TEXAS
COUNTIES AND/OR NWS REGIONS:

NWS EL
PASO
 
       

THIS
IS A MISSING SENIOR ALERT ISSUED BY THE TEXAS SILVER ALERT NETWORK

The EL PASO POLICE DEPARTMENT is searching for ALFONSO TELLEZ, diagnosed
with SCHIZOPHRENIA, WHITE,
MALE, 68
years old, DOB 06/18/1944,
HEIGHT 5’ 9”, WEIGHT
130
lbs, WHITE Hair, BROWN Eyes, WHITE MUSTACHE
AND GOATEE WEARING BLUE JEANS.

                                                                   

The senior
citizen was last seen at 0700, 09/10/2012 at 7313 WILCOX
LN, EL PASO
.

Law
enforcement officials believe this senior citizen’s disappearance poses a
credible threat to HIS own health and safety.

If you have
any information regarding this missing senior citizen, contact the EL PASO POLICE DEPARTMENT at 915-872-3656.

News Media
Point of Contact is
EL PASO PD at
915-564-7312.

Moving!


Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company and Citizens National Bank (CNB) are pleased to announce that a multi-year lease has been signed by CNB to occupy the Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company building at 200 N. Fredonia located in downtown Longview. Kilpatrick is eager to have a bank return to the building and both organizations are looking forward to adding to the growth and revitalization of downtown Longview.

Brad Tidwell, President & CEO of CNB stated, "Everyone at Citizens National Bank is very excited about the opportunity to open the downtown Longview branch. Our expansion and new presence downtown will allow Citizens to have a much larger footprint geographically and we will be able to serve Longview better than ever before. We greatly appreciate the significant investment that Kilpatrick is making along with CNB to the building. Without them this new venture would not be possible."

"Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company is delighted that Citizens National Bank has chosen the Kilpatrick Life Building in Longview as its newest location," said J. Brian Morrison, President and CEO. "I think it speaks volumes when a bank like Citizens chooses to bring 25 new jobs to downtown Longview." Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company was founded in 1932 and has $1 billion of in-force insurance.

Kilpatrick and Citizens are making a significant investment in the building, with renovations to the basement, first and second floors, as well as the parking garage, exterior of the main building and drive-thru convenience center. CNB will lease almost 20,000 square feet of total space.
CNB anticipates opening the drive-thru convenience center, located at the intersection of Methvin and Green Streets, by November 1, 2012, with the main bank slated to open by April 1, 2013. CNB
currently serves Longview with branches located at 3412 N. 4th Street @ Hawkins Parkway, 5001 Estes Parkway in Lakeport and 3600 Gilmer Road in Spring Hill.

CNB anticipates employing a staff of approximately 25 at their newest Longview location. This location will also be the home of CNB's Longview Trust Department. Both Kilpatrick and CNB are committed to Longview and its continued growth.

Citizens National Bank is a $925+ Million Independent Community Bank with 18 locations across East and Central Texas. Citizens provides a full array of commercial, consumer, investment, insurance and mortgage products using the latest technology to meet and exceed the individual needs of our customers. We've been serving our neighbors for 82 years and we would appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

uCommerce Webinar


Javelin
Strategy & Research and First Data have joined forces to provide you with
the latest insights into the online banking industry, which will help you
prepare for the new world of uCommerce. Find out why flat-lining adoption rates
sound an alarm to rethink personal banking in an era of interactive finance.

Join
First Data on September 18th, and you'll:

  • Learn about key trends and issues
    that could change the outlook for online banking;
  • Understand how shifting consumer
    behavior is driving the evolution of online banking;
  • Discover the rewards of
    capitalizing in mobile banking, personal financial management and alerts;
    and
  • Find out how financial
    institutions can appeal to consumers who are ready for online bill
    payment.

Click here to learn more.

CFPB Proposal on HOEPA


On
July 9, 2012, the CFPB issued a proposed rule that would implement the HOEPA
amendments of the Dodd-Frank Act and fundamentally change the way that Annual
Percentage Rate is calculated.  If adopted "as-is," this will be
one more rule that creates a competitive disadvantage between community banks
and the mega-banks who have the resources to conduct more mortgage loan
services in-house and thus, make no closing costs loans. The mounting
disadvantages in mortgage lending may cause community banks to exit the market.
 Additionally, the proposed counseling requirement causes significant
concerns because federally certified or approved homeownership counselors are
not found in all areas of the state. Read IBAT's comment letter on these and other concerns raised
by this proposal.

Support the IBAT PAC


There
is something for everyone at the upcoming IBAT Annual Convention, including ten
ways that you can get involved to support the IBAT Political Action Committee.
 

  1. Purchase
    Dream Vacation Tickets
  2. Be the
    Best of 100
  3. Call
    Heads or Tails
  4. Ring a
    bottle of wine!
  5. Play
    golf!
  6. Ride a
    bike!
  7. Bid in
    the silent auction
  8. Bid in
    the live auction
  9. Buy some
    jewelry
  10. Take home
    a piece of songwriters memorabilia

Click here or contact Mae Beth Palone to learn
more about any one of these opportunities.

Tax Lien Lenders


The
Texas House Committee on Business and Industry held an interim hearing on
August 27 to explore issues related to construction liens and tax lien lenders.
IBAT testified on both issues.

We
have been in discussions with various parties regarding potential legislation
impacting construction liens at the upcoming session.  Our position has
been that we are more than willing to discuss issues, but will not accept any
proposals that will increase either the expense or liability of our member
banks in this already challenged category of lending.

Additionally,
we continue to receive calls and correspondence regarding issues with tax lien
transfers to third parties.  We, again, plan to cause legislation to be
introduced to address some of the more urgent issues, including limiting the
priority lien to the amount transferred from the taxing authority at date of
transfer, timely and accurate payoff notification and appropriate disclosure to
borrowers.

New Senate Finance Chair


Lt.
Governor David Dewhurst named Senator Tommy Williams (R - The Woodlands) as
Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.  He replaces longtime
Chairman Steve Ogden (R - Bryan) who is not seeking reelection.  

The
Committee is responsible for, among other issues, all revenue and expenditures
at the state level.  

Senator
Williams is President of Woodforest Financial Services (a subsidiary of
Woodforest National Bank) in The Woodlands, served in the Texas House from
1997-2002, and has served in the Senate since 2003.

IBAT
extends hearty congratulations to Senator Williams for this well-deserved
honor.

APR Comment Period Extended


On
Friday, August 31 the CFPB extended the comment period for the proposed rule
affecting the current definition of "finance charge."  The
proposed rule would create an all-in financing charge by fundamentally changing
how the annual percentage rate - or APR - is calculated.  

IBAT is involved with other interested parties in drafting a joint comment
letter opposing the change on the grounds it will further confuse consumer
borrowers and place smaller institutions at a competitive disadvantage.
 IBAT welcomes the additional time to study the impact of this significant
change. Click here to read the CFPB's extension of comment
period in its entirety.

Basel III Calculator


Following
requests from many members for IBAT to develop or secure a calculator or
spreadsheet to determine the impact of this proposal on your bank's Tier I
capital, we are pleased to provide such an instrument, attached here.

IBAT would like to acknowledge the excellent work of the Fisher, Herbst, and
Kemble CPA firm of San Antonio, and specifically Alan Rich, for making this
instrument available to IBAT member institutions.  It is our understanding
that the agency is also developing a calculation instrument, but it will not be
available for some time.

We
believe you will find this to be a useful tool, and hopefully serve as a wake-up
call for the industry to engage in providing comments to the agencies.
 Along with previous information provided in IBAT's call to action, you
should have plenty of information to draft a personalized comment letter
supporting the case that the Basel III capital rule is onerous and should not
apply to community banks.

Should
you have questions relative to the spreadsheet, please email Alan, at arich@fhkcpa.com.

TAG Extension


As
part of the ongoing efforts to urge Congress to extend the Transaction Account
Guarantee or "TAG" program. IBAT joined approximately seventy banking
associations in signing letters sent to members of the United States House and Senate last week.  

"Because
the economic recovery remains fragile, the abrupt expiration of insurance
coverage for non-interest bearing transaction accounts carries the risk of
sudden dislocation of funds and other unintended consequences for banks, credit
availability, and the economy," the letter read.

IBAT
has been active in making the continuation of full coverage of transaction
accounts a top priority in recent meetings with members of both the U.S. House
and Senate.  

IBAT Goes Mobile


IBAT2GO,
the official mobile application of the Independent Bankers Association of
Texas, is now available for download for iPhone and iPad users. The app, which
gives Texas community bankers mobile access to industry news, education
opportunities and the extensive archive of more than 500 past Legal Ease items,
is the first application of its kind developed by a state community banking
association.  

Click
the video below to learn more about the application. Click here from
your iPhone or iPad to download the app now!

2013 Legislative Session


While
the 83rd Texas Legislature is still four months away from convening,
and most of the attention these days is on the elections and the continuing
onslaught from our federal government, IBAT has also been gearing up for the
upcoming legislative session.

IBAT
has consistently offered legislative recommendations to benefit your bank, and
this session will be no exception. Your Legislative Committee reviewed and
discussed a number of issues, and has developed a recommended proactive agenda
to pursue. As per policy, the full IBAT Board of Directors reviewed and
approved these recommendations as well. Several of these issues are still
"in flux," and you will be kept apprised as the process moves
forward.  

Primary
areas of focus will include:

  • Tax Lien Lenders
     
  • Service on Financial Institutions
  • Mortgage Payoff
     
  • Debit/Credit Card Fraud  
  • Home Equity
     

Additional
information is available on our website.  As always, we encourage you to let
us know what we can do in the legislative or regulatory process to address any
of your concerns.

Financial Literacy


As
the majority of Texas public school students began their 2012-2013 school year
this week, the employees of Town and Country Bank - Stephenville are gearing up
once again to take financial literacy education into area schools via the
Junior Achievement program.  

All
in all, about fifteen Town and Country Bank employees will have a presence in
area middle and high schools during the year ahead, in addition to speaking
opportunities for elementary schools and at Tarleton State University.
 Junior Achievement - Fort Worth Chisholm Trail, Inc. will reach
approximately 400 high school and 250 junior high students this year.  

Darrell
Brown, Senior Vice President for the bank, is the program's champion. "There
was a time when people would turn to their banker for all kinds of financial
advice," Brown said, "but now people seem to steer clear. We're hoping
that being present in schools lets students, parents and teachers alike know
that community bankers are community resources." 

This
year, Town and Country Bank is teaming up with small business people in the
community to partner in bringing financial education into the classroom. "We
want local businesses to get on board to support Junior Achievement,"
Brown said, "so, we've invited them to team up with our employees to bring
the curriculum to students."

When
asked what makes him so passionate about financial literacy, Brown gets
serious, "I wish that someone had shared this information with me when I was in
school. I don't want any of our area students to be saying that twenty or
thirty years from now."

CFPB-proposed Rules


Over
the past several weeks, the CFPB has issued a flurry of proposed and final
rules.  We realize that keeping up with this information is, at times,
overwhelming. However, it is vitally important that the CFPB hear from
community bankers on a number issues.  

Currently, there are 14 proposed rules with open comment periods. Most notably,
on July 9, 2012, the CFPB issued a 1099 page proposal combining the RESPA and Truth-in-Lending
disclosures. The rules and guidance on the three page combined disclosure
comprise over 400 pages of the proposal. IBAT is particularly concerned by
changes to the APR calculation, change circumstances, the counseling
requirement, tolerances for settlement charges, and the total interest
percentage and lender cost of funds disclosures. IBAT is analyzing this proposal
and will submit a comment letter.

IBAT has compiled a list of the seven most critical proposed rules
that are still open for comment.

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