Independent Banker

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

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 12, December

Education and Training
Extended FamilyDos and don'ts to improve employee relations following a mergerA merger can be overwhelming for anyone. Change can mean new names, new faces and new procedures.Yet, there is no reason for apprehension to dominate staff when one community...
From the Top
Simmering GSE ReformDown in my home state of Louisiana, we all love the taste of spicy gumbo, of course. But many of us enjoy the simple alchemy of making our native home-style stew almost as much. Toss the ingredients in a big pot - with lots of cayenne,...
Main Street on Wall Street
Community Bank Stocks Draw Investors' EyesDespite the recent market doldrums, C.R. (Rusty) Cloutier knows his stock portfolio is performing well. He built it to weather the stock market's ups and downs. How? He invests in publicly traded community banks...
More PAIN? NO GAIN
Shouldering the Sarbanes-Oxley burden from others' misstepsThe highly publicized missteps, gaffes and blunders of large corporations like Enron, WorldCom and others left investors reeling and lawmakers furious. The result: stringent new accounting standards...
Newslines
ICBA Stresses Independence for National Housing PolicymakersThe U.S. Treasury Department and its politically appointed policymakers should not direct federal housing policy, just as they now don't run national monetary policy. That's the message Dale...
Passionate for Politics
ICBA's PAC director Abbey Fox-a voice for political activismWhen it comes to congressional access, few avenues are more effective than campaign contributions. Political fund-raisers afford ICBA lobbyists the opportunity to meet and socialize with members...
Portfolio Management
Portfolio PrognosticatingInterest rates in flux make for tricky year-end planningIn February 2002, I discussed the historical evidence that interest rates could fall for at least 18 months follow- ing the recession that ended after third quar- ter 2001....
Securing the Ramparts
Technology advances help banks batten down security hatchesViruses. Hackers. Cyber terrorism. The mounting security threats facing community bankers makes one reminiscent for the days when bank security meant a heavy vault and a guard at the door. But...
The 2003 Icba Hardware/software Roundup
YOUR DIRECTORY SOURCE FOR COMMUNITY BANK-FRIENDLY COMPUTER RESOURCESToday's community banks depend on computer hardware and software to serve their customers efficiently and profitably. This year Independent Banker publishes its 14th annual directory...