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. 87, No. 5, May

A Gold Mine May Be Sitting on Your Desk
It's time for spring spruce-up, for fixing-up, and catching-up. nd ABA members have two of the best tool boxes that have ever been designed and equipped for community banks. One is the Toolbox for the Future. Open the cover and you'll see five main...
A Single-Minded Focus on Securities: The New ABA Securities Association Is Committed to Helping Banks Increase Their Securities Activities
As Congress debates Glass-Steagall reform, bankers can rest assured that their interests are being looked after in Washington. "Our approach is to scour each bill in the process, look at what every word and comma means, and determine what the costs...
Banking without Glass-Steagall? Look Overseas
Walk down a shopping street in any German city. Likely as not, you will pass two or three bank branches with signs in the windows listing current share prices for widely held German stocks. It's nothing novel. The German public has always been accustomed...
Banks and Cybermalls
Most bankers to date are still asking basic questions about how banks can relate to the Internet. Without wanting to appear more definite than the emerging situation permits, some realistic goals are: staying close to customers, providing better services...
Bring on Reform - We'll Use as Needed
There's no doubt in Roger L. Fitzsimonds' mind that remaining barriers of the Glass-Steagall Act ought to be eliminated. "We support the law's coming down," says Fitzsimonds, chairman and CEO of Milwaukee's Firstar Corp. Looking at the issue rom an...
Forget Economies of Scale, Dominate Your Market
Has mortgage lending operation failed because it couldn't we adequate economies of scale? For that matter, how many have succeeded solely because they could? Economies of scale is a principle relating to the cost of manufacturing goods and services....
Glass-Steagall at the Crossroads Again
What are bankers willing to give p to get repeal or reform of the Glass-Steagall Act? Nothing, if the banks we spoke with for this month's cover report are representative. And why should they give up anything? It's not as if they were asking for a government...
Hot Spots You Do Want to Miss; How to Avoid Last Year's Most Frequent Transgressions
Fair lending and community reinvestment may be the hottest regulatory fires these days, but don't let their smoke obscure the other compliance hot spots requiring your attention. In 1994, the Comptroller's Office cited over 6,900 violations of consumer...
How Will T + 3 Change Your World?
The pace of securities clearing may seem fast enough now. But starting June 7, the clearing process will speed up--40% of the time is being extracted from it. Purchases and sales of most securities will have to be settled within three days after the...
Is It a Bank? Is It a Thrift? It's a Colossal Flanking Maneuver
Not too long ago. the reduction of Bank Insurance Fund premiums appeared to be a "slam dunk." Recapitatization was nearly complete. and, as FDIC proposed a rate cut banks cheered and thrills moaned Now it appears there will be more slamming and less...
No Homes? We'll Build Some, Tennessee Bank Decides
"Just do it," the Nike slogan, may not be the words Farmers and Merchants Bank uses, but it conveys the attitude k brings to affordable housing in Clarksville, Tenn. Clarksville, population 85,000, had a need for low-cost housing and a shortage of low-cost...
Save Money, Kids, or Else
While some banks would shy away from anything associated with dinosaurs-- the word itself being something of an epithet these days--KeyCorp embraces them. The Cleveland-based bank holding company figures that anything that helps attract young customers...
That's Not a Closed Branch - That's a Tax Break
"Economic obsolescence" is a term that doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. But it's one that bankers trimming their branch systems could get to like the sound of. That's because economic obsolescence of branches being sold as nonbanking property may...
The Best Bank Stock and Bond Funds
What goes into a strong-performing bank-advised mutual fund? The same things that bring success to any fund--good timing, smart selection of stocks and bonds, and good fortune. Last year, for the first time, bank funds were very competitive. Patricia...
What's Behind Bank Employment Trends?
An article in Newsweek last month caught my eye. The headline blared: "Blood on the Marble Floors: Hundreds of thousands of bank employees could get axed over the next several years." The article cited statistics that the U.S. has far more bank employees...
Why We're Getting Richer but Enjoying It Less
In recent years, much attention has been devoted to the perceived problems of both America's workers and America's middle class. In fact, of course, this is a nation in which the work force and the middle class are largely synonymous. In the U.S. context,...
You Are What You Pay; a Revamped Compensation Program Could Put Some Oomph Back into Sagging Private Bank and Trust Departments
It's a close game and the big trophy--a hefty share of the affluent market--is worth a lot of money. Banks' private banking and trust businesses are competing more and more fiercely against the likes of Merrill Lynch. The span from 1992 to 1994 showed...
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