Independent Banker

Founded in 1950, Independent Banker is a monthly trade magazine published by the Independent Community Bankers of America.

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 6, June

15 Minutes with ... RANDALL FEWEL
CEO OF THE $400 MILLION-ASSET INLAND NORTHWEST BANK SPOKANE, WASH.IB: You describe Inland Northwest Bank as a "high touch" community bankFewel: We're not formula-based and we don't take a cookie-cutter approach. You won't get a recorded menu tree when...
7 Real-Life Cautionary Tales
Here are some unlikely-but possible-data security vulnerabilities to guard againstBehind the scenes in every enterprise lurks the technology that processes orders, generates invoices, safeguards customer data and enables communication internally and...
A Virtual Deposit Focus
Thurston First Bank pursues remote deposit capture as an unbounded deposit gathering strategyWith all the current economic pressures today's small business owners face, they would appreciate any help they can get to make their operations more cost-effective...
Bank Notes
Send letters by e-mail to Bank Notes at magazine@icba.org.Fresh Air in WashingtonAfter going to Washington for the past 20 years to promote community banking issues, it was refreshing to hear during the ICBA Washington Policy Summit in May our federal...
Big Victory for Community Banks!
ICBA EFFORTS SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE THE BURDEN OF THE ONE-TIME FDIC SPECIAL ASSESMENT ON COMMUNITY BANKSAfter intensive ICBA and com- munity banker advocacy efforts since February, Congress approved last month critical ICBA priority legislation needed...
Ending Too-Big-to-Fail
Too-big-to-fail-people everywhere are talking about it. Debated in Congress many times and acknowledged by President Obama, it has been widely reported throughout the news media during the financial markets crisis and recession. Today, average Americans...
Full Force in Washington
ICBA LEADERS MAKE AN IMPACT ON POLICYMAKERS DURING GRASSROOTS SUMMIT IN THE NATION'S CAPITALThe 2009 ICBA Washington Policy Summit last month was one of community banking's most successful grassroots leadership advocacy efforts, drawing nearly 700 industry...
ICBA 400: Top-Performing Community Banks of 2008
Congratulations to ICBA Independent Banker's Newest Top Performing Community BanksCommunity Banks Performed Best in a Challenging YearScott Currie, president of the $20 million-asset State Bank of Schaller, Iowa (an ICBA 400 top performing community...
Open Doors
These days when the U.S. Treasury secretary speaks, the whole country listens. This proved to be true last month during ICBA's Washington Policy Summit-an incredible event that drew Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to speak to nearly 700 of our leadership...
Thanks BUT NO Thanks?
Here's why some community banks have returned CPP fundsThose who watch the market for community banks closely, including even casual observers, understand that the capital markets options for those organizations have become complicated. The perception...
TOUGH Love
Treasury,Fed activity roil fixed-income market"Stop the World-I Want to Get Off" isn't just the name of a Broadway musical. It can also be used as a refrain for what portfolio managers have had to endure since the fourth quarter of 2008. And that includes...
Wheels & Web Sites
COMMUNITY BANK PRODUCTS AND SERVICES COME IN A VARIETY OF FORMATS. WHETHER LOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN SERVING THEIR COMMUNITIES ON WHEELS OR ONLINE, COMMUNITY BANKERS HAVE NEW OPTIONS TO EXPLORE IN TOOLS SHOP THIS MONTH.Remote Deposit CaptureBLUEPOINT...