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. 3, March

Beating Back the Non-Banks
While non-bank competition grows, community banks meet the challenge with innovation and quality serviceH&R Block wants them. Blue Cross Blue Shield wants a piece of them. Tax-exempt credit unions have been trying to woo them for years. Wal-Mart...
Classroom to Boardroom
Teenagers get schooled on the business of bankingWalk through the glass doors at this East Penn Bank branch at noon and there are customers queuing up at teller lines and opening accounts at nearby desks. Clients are depositing checks, withdrawing funds...
Climbing the Corporate LADDER
Female executives share their stories of success in the world of high finance"A leader can be defined as the sum of her personal attributes, which correspond with success: Passion, persistence, high energy, an open mind, strong intuition and self confidence,"...
Duration Drift
Measuring fluctuations in your bond portfolioHaving experience at advising community bankers about the fundamentals of running a bond portfolio, I am aware of the more pertinent factors about which a manager is concerned, specifically as they relate...
Economic Growth
Lessons from the Sioux Falls ExperienceAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Census Bureau, both Minnehaha and Lincoln counties have grown rapidly in recent years compared with the rural counties* of South Dakota and neighboring...
In the Cards
This month all the latest and greatest in community bank products and services are available at the ICBA National Convention and Techworld, where more than 200 companies are displaying their wares. Even if you miss the Las Vegas gathering, you can still...
Onward and Upward
Twelve months ago, as your new ICBA chairman, I paid homage to the brave men who fought at the Alamo and urged my fellow community bankers to remember: Battles will be won and lost, but it's the war that matters most.Being engaged is the only surefire...
REGULATORY Review
Top regulatory issues in 2006 and beyondRegulatory burden issues will again be front and center in 2006 as ICBA advocates for community banks before federal bank regulators and other policy makers.ICBA will continue its efforts to build on the significant...
Staying on the Offensive
A year ago, as ICBA's new president and CEO, I addressed our association's National Convention and declared that the time for playing defense was over. ICBA was going on the offensive!During the last year ICBA has been both more aggressive and innovative...
Takin' It to the 'Street'
Understanding investors can keep community banks ahead of the gameWhether your bank is publicly traded or privately held, creating value for shareholders is what allows a community bank to grow and prosper, drive market share and remain independent....