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. 84, No. 11, November

Ag Lenders Brace for New Competition
Concern is growing in some banking circles over the role agricultural suppliers are playing in extending credit to the agricultural marketplace. Suppliers of farm equipment, feed, chemicals, and storage devices have long provided financing for their...
Bankers Will Carry Red-Tape Warning to New Congress
By most standards--except Uncle Sam's--10.7 billion is a lot of money. It's the amount ABA estimates that banks spent on government paperwork in 1991. That's nearly two out of three dollars the industry earned last year. It's no wonder bankers are...
Disaster Plans Helped Banks Survive Andrew
7 When Hurricane Andrew slammed into Florida and Louisiana, some community banks were prepared. At $250 million-assets First National Bank of South Miami, a founder of the bank had the foresight 28 years ago to prepare the bank for a hurricane...
Farmworkers to Get Affordable Apartments
Affordable housing in the form of multifamily projects is often thought of as solely an urban issue. Yet the need can be just as acute in rural areas. Case in point is a project that was slated to begin construction in October in Woodburn, Ore.,...
High-Tech Banking Centers Add Value to Branches
The banking industry is split into two camps," says Robert E. Moll, a director with Arthur D. Little, Cambridge, Mass. "One camp is struggling with ways to keep customers out of the branches so they can lower their operating costs, and the other is...
How to Make a Hit with Small Businesses
More and more banks have identified small businesses as an important part of their customer base. As a result, bankers are seeking creative techniques for penetrating the small business community. Here are some successful marketing techniques currently...
Market Value Debate Grinds On
The debate over market value accounting, or as it is coming to be known, fair value accounting, continues on several fronts. Disclosures are coming. On the first front is the approaching mandate for compliance in "complete financial statements"...
New Systems Tame Rising Postal Costs
It may be true that what goes up must come down, but don't look for postal rates to decrease any time soon. Aside from automated presort and bulk-mail discounts, postal rates climb almost predictably every two or three years and have yet to be seen...
New York, Washington, and CRA
New York, Washington, and CRA. Sometimes lost in the debate over the federal Community Reinvestment Act is the fact that 21 states have community reinvestment laws on their own books. New York recently sent up a reminder flare regarding its own CRA,...
Progressive Policies at Texas Bank
A personnel policy announced in October at Texas Commerce Bank, Houston, allows all employees (exempt and non-exempt) to take two paid hours off each month for family activities, such as coaching a soccer game. The bank has tried to build many policies...
Strategic Planning Is Not Long-Term Budgeting
What's the difference between a strategic plan and a multiyear budget? If you're not sure, there's a good chance your community bank has an extended budget masquerading as a strategic plan. There are substantial differences between strategic plans...
Tips on Advertising and Service Quality from BMA Show
Advertising must do double duty--it must reassure customers that they are banking at the right place and prospects that the bank is eligible for their consideration," counseled Paul Diesel, president of the Bank Marketing Association, at the group's...
Truth-in-Savings Questions Answered
After years of being proposed and then trimmed out of pending banking legislation, the federal Truth in Savings Act is law, and in late September, the Federal Reserve Board finalized its implementing regulation. New Regulation DD implements the...
Will Rate-Risk Regs Be "No Big Deal"?
Consider the following scenario: Your bank thinks it has its interest rate risk pretty well nailed down. But a new regulation allows examiners wide discretion in assessing this risk. The examiner determines that the same interest rate risk exposure...
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