ABA Banking Journal
November 8, 2019

This ABA Banking Journal newsletter is a free, twice-monthly supplement to the ABA Banking Journal magazine intended to help you stay on top of industry and policy news. You can also stay abreast of banking news by visiting aba.com/BankingJournal, home to ABA Daily Newsbytes and other email bulletins.

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Industry News
Meet Puget Sound banker Laurie Stewart, who is chairing ABA in 2019-20. (ABA Banking Journal)
How today’s banks can build a tech culture that’s a catalyst for growth, yet keeps customers at the center of the banking experience. (ABA Banking Journal)
While some may be claiming that the fad is over for bank-fintech partnerships, the imperative for banks to partner with fintechs is anything but over. (Bank Innovation)
Faced with higher property prices and piles of student debt, Americans are getting older and older before they buy a home. According to a new report from the National Association of Realtors, the median age of first-time home buyers has increased to 33, the oldest in records dating back to 1981. (Bloomberg)
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Four areas where boards may wish to focus their energies when presented with an acquisition. (ABA Banking Journal)
Washington Federal—a $16.4 billion regional institution based in Seattle—had a problem: many in the general public didn’t realize exactly what it did. (ABA Banking Journal)
In this interview, FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams emphasized that the U.S. banking system is safer and healthier than it was a decade ago, but there are still concerns, including the fact that banks are still writing loans pegged to the LIBOR benchmark that will soon be retired. (MarketWatch)
Policy News
In a comment letter to the FDIC, ABA again called on the agency to return deposit insurance assessment credits owed to banks as expeditiously as possible, so that they can support the institutions’ lending and liquidity. (ABA Banking Journal)
In remarks before a public symposium on small business loan data collection, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger signaled the importance of balancing the statutory objectives of Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act with the need to avoid negative credit effects on the $1.4 trillion small business lending market. (ABA Banking Journal)
The United States Department of Agriculture has issued a long-awaited interim final rule establishing new regulations and procedures for the legal production of industrial hemp, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill. (ABA Banking Journal)
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As part of the National Credit Union Administration’s 2020-21 budgeting process, NCUA Board Member Todd Harper is requesting public comment to his proposal to create a dedicated consumer compliance examination program for larger and more complex credit unions. (ABA Banking Journal)
The FDIC’s recent proposal to make changes to the national rate cap does not go far enough to address the problems with the current calculation methodology, ABA said in a comment letter. (ABA Banking Journal)

Nov 10-13, 2019
Agricultural Bankers Conference
Dallas, TX

Dec 7-10, 2019
ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference
Washington, DC

Jan 26-29, 2020
Insurance Risk Management Forum
Carlsbad, CA

Feb 9-12, 2020
Conference for Community Bankers
Orlando, FL

Feb 23-25, 2020
Wealth Management and Trust Conference
Orlando, FL




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