Independent Banker

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

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 10, October

Averting Another Disaster
Hurricane Katrina reminded the nation what farmers and those who finance the products they grow have long understood: Mother Nature can be friend or foe. And lately she has been in a pretty foul mood. This year's ongoing drought ravishing the Plains...
Collective Power
Bankers make PAC contributions for a political power punchCommunicating to policy-makers how rules and regulations impact bankers and their communities is a key mission of ICBA and, by extension, its political action committee, the Independent Community...
Election Season Reminders
Next month's midterm congressional elections are shaping up to be the closest and most interesting since 1994. That year the Republicans grabbed 54 House seats on election night and became the majority party in the House for the first time in over 40...
International Perspective
Spotlight on community banking practices around the globeEuropean financial services often conjure up the image of Swiss banks-large elite institutions for the well-to-do. Yet in the shadow of the Alps, in the valleys where small Italian towns have held...
Meet the Chairman
FDIC's Sheila Bair talks ILCs, Regulatory Relief and the role of community banksOn the ninth floor of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. headquarters in Washington, D.C., FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair holds court. Sworn in this June as the agency's 19th...
Serving Small Businesses
SBA lending is not just a niche productThe Small Business Administration (SBA) has made money available for banks of all sizes to lend to small business for decades. The SBA was created by Congress in 1953, and is administered by the Treasury Department....
Tapping into Technology
Automation solutions to speed up loan approvals and bill payment processing round out this month's new product and service offerings in Tool Shop, in addition to security safeguards and profitability management systems.*MORTGAGE WEB TOOLMindbox Power...
Taxing Task
U.S. tax code is destined for a number of constructive reformsSince the last major tax reform undertaken in 1986, more than 15,000 changes, or two per day, have been made to the U.S. tax code. The massive complexity means businesses and individuals cannot...