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. 9, September

Bank Investments
Chasing YieldsThe OCC addresses unsafe, unsound portfolio investment practicesIn view of the 11 drops in the Funds rate in 2001, the short-term interest rate lows of and the unusually steep yield the OCC issued Bulletin 2002-19 warn of the dangers of...
Data Chasing
Automating information marketing takes careful preparation first, then trainingCommunity bankers know their customers. They see them around town, coach their children's sports teams and may even send them greetings at their birthdays.But when it comes...
From the Top
Trickle Down AccountingFor big corporate directors, CEOs and stock market investors, it has been a long, hot summer. Every week a new accounting scandal involving some high-flying corporation seemed to hit the headlines. By now, everyone's familiar with...
Marketing Matters
Front Line to Bottom LineWell-informed tellers can be key allies in promoting your marketing planWalk into most banks, and right away you see them. Long gone are the visors and sleeve protectors, but there they are-the bank tellers. Smiling faces, competent,...
Membership Central
Supporting Each OtherA salute to ICBA's longtime Corporate Associate MembersYou've heard it before. ICBA is the only national trade association representing community banks exclusively. While it's true that community banking is our reason for living,...
Newslines
Community Bank Stocks in Hot DemandIn the wake of the busted tech boom and the corporate accounting scandals, investors are flocking in droves to stability-community bank stocks.Wall Street powerbrokers seem to be taking stock as well. Lehman Brothers...
On a Mission
North Dakotan John T. Korsmo oversees change in the Federal Home Loan Bank SystemIf you had asked North Dakota native John T. Korsmo a year ago what he'd be doing today, odds are he wouldn't have said heading a federal banking regulatory agency in Washington,...
The New Farm Bill
SETTING GENEROUS AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT LEVELS, AND THE STAGE FOR FUTURE DEBATEOne of the many popular songs produced by The Beetles several years ago called "The Long and Winding Road" is a perfect analogy of the farm bill's passage through Congress before...
The Power of Knowledge
Educating ConsumersFinancial literacy is fundamental at every stage in lifeAs a community banker, you've probably heard the stories and seen the statistics, and maybe even experienced them firsthand. Children can't figure correct change. High school...