Independent Banker

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

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 10, October

From the Top
Building Better FuturesJust for a moment, forget about that ATM card, or Visa and MasterCard tucked in your wallet or purse. Never mind that checkbook in your desk drawer at home. And don't even think about the online bill pay service which you might...
Industry Outlook-Part I
A Promise KeptFighting the Wal-Mart lawsuit to preserve everyone's trusted payment options.Editor's Note: Charles Doyle is chairman and CEO of Texas First Bank in Texas City, Texas. He serves as a member of Visa USA's board of directors as well as Visa...
Industry Outlook-Part II
Wal-Mart's Scorched-Earth PoliciesWal-Mart has long targeted the financial services industry. On Aug. 28, 2002, the Financial Times characterized the march of Wal-Mart into different industries as the "Black Death effect. The arrival of WalMart...is...
Making House Calls
Hitting the road to tell the story of ICBA membershipThe task of spreading the word of ICBA, and more importantly what the trade association can offer community banks, sometimes requires being a jack of all trades. It means being familiar with the banking...
Marketing Matters
Internet EtiquetteTips on putting a personal touch on your e-banking initiativesAn increasing number of Americans are relying on alternative delivery channels to conduct their banking business. Too busy to wait in lines, be placed in a call queue or...
Newslines
FDIC Chairman Visits ICBAFollowing up on his pledge to be accessible, FDIC Chairman Donald Powell stopped by the ICBA to meet and speak with its Washington headquarters staff.During the informal visit, Powell posed for pictures, toured the D.C. office...
Portfolio Management
Year-end PlanningNow is a great time to rethink your bank portfolio's objectivesRegardless of the level or direction of rates, the fourth quarter of the year is the time that bankers plan for the coming year and execute year-end strategies. Now is the...
What's Hot, What's Not
Independent Banker's take on what's in vogue for community bankingFads fade. Hot trends fizzle. Conventional wisdom turns in a heartbeat. And the latest rising star quickly becomes relegated to the next answer in Trivial Pursuit.What's popular today...