ABA Banking Journal

Founded in July of 1908, ABA Banking Journal online contains the complete text of ABA Banking Journal, a monthly magazine on commercial bank operation and management published by Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp. Articles cover employee relations, recruiting and training. Subjects in the magazine also include installment, mortgage, commercial, and industrial lending as well as correspondent, foreign, and retail banking; deposit gathering; bank cards; asset and liability management; data processing and telecommunications; security; government relations; and legal and regulatory developments. The publication also provides a calendar of ABA-sponsored courses, seminars and workshops. William W. Streeter is the Editor-in-Chief and Robert DeMarco is the Group Publisher/Senior Vice President. Steve Cocheo is the Executive Editor and Andrea Rovira is the Editorial Assistant.

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 4, April

401(k): Savings Plan or Shell Game?
Small differences in fees and charges can have a huge impact. Here are six typical hiding places for plan costs The 401(k). It's Americas retirement plan of choice. Where you find an employee benefits program, including most banks, you're likely...
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Convention 2000 A Capital Celebration Educational and historic tour options built into ABA's Convention 2000, Sept. 17-20 in the Nations Capital, give bankers an extra reason to attend the industrys preeminent annual gathering and bring their families...
And They Said It Couldn't Be Done
Critics who say bankers can't sell haven't gone near First Tennessee or Compass Bank. If they had, they just might be customers now. Here's how the banks do it Traditionally, banks beginning the road to sales put a great deal of stock in the cross-sell...
Bank Stocks and the Business Cycle
To moderate the volatile business-cycle influence on earnings, many banks have recently developed new tools to measure and manage revenue and profit growth. In 1999, bank-stock valuations dropped below 50% of the average S&P 500 price/earnings...
Compliance Mailbox
A CLARIFICATION ON RESPA Bankers have been asking what section of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) regulation mandates that hazard insurance be recorded on the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and the HUD-1/HUD-1A for subordinated credit...
Meeting the Hybrid Sales Challenge
Part two of two: How licensing platform bankers affects your broker sales force More banks are relying on hybrid sales teams--those that include traditional Series 7 and licensed bank branch staff--and mostly, to good end. As discussed last month,...
Need for Speed Builds in Securities Processing
At ABA's Operations Conference for Securities, Brokerage, and Trust in Miami Beach last month, the Internet's impact on operations--with its tendency to speed the transaction cycle and raise customers' expectations on service--was duly noted. The...
New Law, New Powers ...New Initiatives?
Yes, but not right away. That's because many community banks have already ventured off the beaten path, or don't want to mess with their current profitable gig Anyone studying the numerous provisions in the Gramm-Leach-Bliley financial modernization...
Of Earth, Water, Oil, and Corn
CLARKFIELD, Minn.--late March. A bit of rain came, but only about half an inch--not enough to make much of a difference as farmers begin getting ready to put in their corn and soybeans. Ag Pulse readers already know that Clarkfield and other Yellow...
Options for Deposit Insurance Continue to Develop
As March came to a close the latest legislative proposal for deposit insurance reform was introduced, picking up ABA support instead of the opposition the association presented to an earlier bill. Meanwhile, FDIC continued with plans to gather industry...
"Preserve, Protect, Defend"
In taking the executive oath of office, every President since George Washington in 1789 has sworn by these words. They are prescribed in Article II, Section 1, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Doctors, likewise, swear by the 2,500 year-old Hippocratic...
Trash-Talk-And Treasure-In Consumer Complaints
On the Internet, where the message can instantly be "everywhere," what's said can count The Internet represents both an accelerator of customer expectations and a ready accomodator of complaints when expectations aren't matched. Recall the 1976...
Web Spin-Off's Founder Drops Bank CEO Title
Here's a twist on the increasingly common tale of a senior executive jumping from an "old economy" company to a "new economy" startup: The founder of UMB Bank's Internet venture, eScout.com, accepted the invitation of the eScout board to become CEO...
What a Bunch of Whiners!
That may be your initial reaction after reading this month's cover story about complaint sites on the web. If so, it would be understandable. But if that truly is your final conclusion, you probably ought to seek work in field where customers are far...
Will E-Commerce Reverse Card Fraud Trend?
Overall statistics show continued progress, but the web unquestionably is a fertile field. Merchants, for now, are the ones on the hook Listen to card processors and you get a rosy story of how credit-card fraud is continuing its decade-long decline...
WIRELESS BANKING: The Next Untethered Step
Just when you thought the PC was the last word in "cutting edge" delivery, out comes a brand new channel. Will banks sign up? When Bank of Montreal and its technology partner, 724 Solutions, announced a joint venture called Veev late last year,...
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