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. 83, No. 8, August

ABA Hunts the Serpent of Market-Value Accounting
ABA hunts the serpent of market-value accounting ABA's position on market-value accounting is clear. Kelly Holthus, ABA immediate past president, summed it up in his preface to ABA's white paper, "Market Value Accounting": "...suggestions that...
Banks Weigh Document Fraud Measures
Banks weigh document fraud measures Although technologies exist to curb incidents of check and other financial document fraud, banks are not yet rushing to implement them. Bankers agree that action is needed to prevent further losses to illegitimate...
Better Get to Know the GAO
Better get to know the GAO For some time now, the General Accounting Office has been making itself rather unpopular with some banks and bank regulators. As the investigative and auditing arm of Congress, GAO has periodically been kicking the industry's...
Don't Let Repos Come Back to Haunt You
Don't let repos come back to haunt you Repurchase agreements are important financial instruments that, improperly handled, can create severe legal and regulatory problems for banks. Repo uses. Simply stated, repurchase agreements are contracts between...
Downtown Bank Pursues Professional Niche
Downtown bank pursues professional niche Make a deal and you've got a customer. Make a friend and you've got a relationship. That sums up the philosophy by which an energetic Israeli/American named Zvi Muscal conducts banking at First Executive...
G30 Recommendations Call for System Upgrades
G30 recommendations call for system upgrades Its name evokes images of an imposing and exclusive society, yet the Group of Thirty's mission is quite above board. In fact, the Group of Thirty (G30), based in London, is the only international organization...
Garn Gives Views on Reform Issues
Garn gives views on reform issues Sen. Jake Garn, ranking minority member of the Senate Banking Committee, speaking at ABA's National Operations and Automation Conference in May, addressed several points of the ongoing financial reform debate. He...
Health Care Costs Can Be Trimmed, but Not Much
Health care costs can be trimmed, but not much Health insurance costs are soaring. Employers and individuals spent $199.7 billion in premiums in 1989, a 13.5% increase over the $176 billion they spent in 1988, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics....
Maybe You're Not Really Naked
Maybe you're not really naked Environmental liability lawsuits against lenders continue to send shock waves throughout banking, and with good reason. Public and private litigants found a new strategy for cleaning up the environment: Sue the banks!...
Pepsi May Knock Coke, but Should Chase Knock Citi?
Pepsi may knock Coke, but should Chase knock Citi? A savings and loan that was going after checking accounts ran an ad showing two pizza pies - one with lots of toppings, representing the S&L, the other plain, representing a commercial bank competitor...
Quid Pro Quo
Quid pro quo As you read this, the fate of financial reform legislation may already have been determined, or perhaps not. Several bits of information we've seen or heard over the past month, however, make us wonder how much freedom the industry would...
Should Bridgeport Filing Worry Bankers?
Should Bridgeport filing worry bankers? In the wake of Bridgeport, Conn.'s June filing under chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code, bankers and other financial market participants were weighing its wider import. At press time, Bridgeport officials...
Too Many Banks?
Too many banks? In the movie Amadeus the young composer Mozart had just finished conducting a performance of one of his works for the Austrian emperor, a patron of the arts. Expecting a reaction and getting none, Mozart pressed the point, asking...
U.S. Bancorp Managers All Sing Same Tune
U.S. Bancorp managers all sing same tune How do you train managers to embrace a single company culture? Look at Portland, Ore.-based U.S. Bancorp, which uses a variety of methods, including week-long retreats where managers are brought together to...
Why Mergers Often Go "Pfft." (Cover Story/Merger Report) (Cover Story)
Why mergers often go "pfft" Many mergers fail to achieve the rosy projections made before the deal was struck. The reason, quite frankly, is because many executives fail to recognize that buying another bank involves more than simply taking control...

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