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. 103, No. 11, November

ADA in the 21st Century: Wells Fargo Settlement Serves as Good Guide to Compliance with a Target That Moves While Seeming to Remain Still
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Americans with Disabilities Act is now almost two decades old. When it first took effect, the industry jumped through hoops to attain compliance. Banks widened doors, built ramps, adjusted teller windows, and redesigned...
Checks Not Chump Change Yet
"Check cashing was an art," says Drew Edwards. "The check casher sized you up as either a good risk or not." If he was good at it, he would do well. Edwards says "was" an art because a company he founded in 2002 called El Banco de Nuestra Comunidad...
Coping with Channel Creep: Online Banking Use Explodes but Branches Remain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A recent ABA-sponsored study of online banking seems to have galvanized bankers' thinking on the relative roles of branches, online banking, and...
Employment: Beyond Sound Bites
Sex, race and ethnicity are always touchy subjects. However, good policy making demands we look at the reality of the differences in the employment experience if we wish to make progress on jobs. [GRAPHIC OMITTED] The "mancession" and industry...
If Steve Jobs Had Run a Bank
... would you have heard a peep about fees? This was the man who got the world to stop ripping off the "greedy music companies" and to pay for songs downloaded from the Apple iTunes store instead. His company also charged top dollar for its products,...
Managing Risk Is What We Do. Let Us Do It
You and I go to work every day because we know the good that bankers do for our communities. We want to give a customer's vision a chance to succeed and create jobs where there are none. We give back to the community, whether it's scholarships we...
Q What's the Value Proposition? an Interview with Bob Schmermund, ABA's Executive Vice-President of Membership
ABABJ: What is the most valuable aspect of ABA membership? Bob Sehmermund: Being a champion for the industry is critical to what we do. Given the economic, regulatory, and legislative environment, bankers need someone in their corner. We do that...
Restoring "Old Blood and Guts'" Wheels: California Banker Brings Patton's Command Car to Street
If a machine-gun blast, an air horn, and a siren are the response to your friendly wave on a California road, and the driver's wearing the uniform of a three-star general and accompanied by a woman in nurse's whites, chances are you've just seen Steven...
Salaries Up Modestly; Health Care Costs Soar
In order to remain competitive, banks have taken various steps to ensure that their pay rates and compensation attract and retain employees, according to the results of the newly released 2011 ABA Compensation & Benefits Survey. Forty-eight percent...
The Headache: Handling Durbin Amendment's Sea Change
After much controversy, the Durbin Amendment's debit interchange pricing provisions went into effect at the beginning of October. We asked prescribers how institutions in their markets were reacting, and if their banks had made any changes. More appears...
The Hunt for Revenue: Bankers Seek-And Find-New Ways to Pull Up Sagging Revenues in a Tough Environment
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The old adage, "If you have money, you can make money," no longer holds true for banking. Battling hostile economic and regulatory forces, many banks are awash with deposits that too few customers can qualify to borrow. With...
"They're Already Talking about You. Jump In": Bankers and Other Experts Offer Views and Tips for Using Social Media
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Take a deep breath. On top of one new channel after another--ATMs, online, mobile--bankers now have to think about yet another one: the social media channel. The folks at Norway Savings Bank, Norway, Maine certainly have....
Will '80S Lessons Bar Ag Rerun? Indications Are That Experienced Bankers Won't Go Down the Same Road of Pain
[GRAPHIC OMITTED] Near Durant, Iowa, where Ron Hansen heads Liberty Trust & Savings Bank, a large truck stop just off Interstate 80 bought farmland near the interchange as a hedge against inflation and for potential expansion. The land, with...
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