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. 98, No. 6, June

Banking's Top Performers 2006: Part 1: Banks with Assets over $3 Billion
Half-way through 2006, the trends that influenced performance last year continue to challenge bankers to maintain the industry's five-year string of record-breaking profits. And while the industry continues to set records, there has been a considerable...
Bean Counters Sound Off: Community Bank Chief Financial Officers Face Challenges No One Expected Ten Years Ago. Relations with outside Auditors Continue to Be Itchy, and Real Estate Regs Are a Concern
The scrapes and cuts of the early implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act have begun to heal. But scars will remain. And there s no returning to the way things used to be. Relations with his bank's outside auditing firm "deteriorated dramatically...
Biometric ATMs Overseas Now, but Why Not Here?
Diebold, a global leader in providing financial self-service hardware and software, recently announced that it is installing 82 biometric ATMs in Saudi Arabia's Al Rajhi Bank. The terminals will enable some 400,000 retirees to access their Social Security...
Customers Coming around to Kiosks?
Maybe the tipping point occurred when all the business travelers arriving at the airport made a beeline for the kiosks to obtain their boarding pass instead of waiting in the "slow lane" at baggage check-in, one ATM executive muses. Perhaps it occurred...
Day of the Geek: After Decades in Banking's Basement, Compliance Has Arrived. the Once-Wide "Compliance Gap" between Management and Practitioners Has Narrowed. What's Driven This Cultural Shift for Banking? and How Far Will It Go?
"Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet ..." Rudyard Kipling penned those lines while living in India in 1889, but the poet could have been writing about the history of bank compliance. For decades, Compliance lived...
Get out There and Lead! but Who Has the Time?
"It is simply not enough to speak with your direct reports; the front-line people need to hear from the CEO." That was one of the points in a presentation on sales management practices given by Margaret Kane at ABA's 2006 National Conference for Community...
Good, Quiet Work Getting Done Behind the Scenes
ABA'S WORK ON ACCOUNTING, securities, insurance, regulatory, and related issues is just as important--though often not as visible--as the work the association does on the big legislative issues in Congress. Yet these behind-the-scenes activities are...
Is the Tail Beginning to Wag the Dog?
JUST WHEN IT APPEARS THE Fed is beginning to feel comfortable with domestic economic conditions and has begun communicating that it is about done raising short-term interest rates, the international economic and financial environment threatens to unravel...
Mortgage Fraud Wave Requires Strict Regimen to Resist
Industry experts estimate that 10%-15% of the $2.8 trillion in home mortgage loans generated in 2005 contain some form of fraud or misrepresentation. That means that several hundred billion dollars in mortgage debt incurred last year involved some...
Pass the Aspirin
Headache 1: ID conflict A midwestern bank CEO asks: Customer identification laws (BSA, OFAC, etc.) require the bank to obtain a driver's license (or other picture ID) at account opening and at the car dealer when a new customer is obtaining an indirect...
Slight of Mind
The GRAZING COW puzzle, which appeared in the April issue, was not as simple as it seemed. Actually, it was difficult, and we received only two correct answers as of the dosing date. The first to arrive was from Vane Lucas, senior vice-president, Bank...
Slow Start: That's the Early Read on Bank Marketing of Higher FDIC Retirement Coverage
It took six years to pass the Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act of 2005, and many of the provisions take effect later this year. But the FDIC moved quickly on one provision--raising the insurance coverage on individual retirement accounts and some...
Staying Relevant
IN THE APRIL ISSUE, WE OPINED how many of us have become slaves to e-mail, cell phones, etc., and how speed and frequency of communication does not equate to quality or efficiency. But there is a flip side to that argument: No matter what your personal...
Still Looking for That Sales Culture?
You're not alone. At a conference session attended by about 60 community bankers, only three responded positively to the question. "How many of you feel you have a sales culture in place?" Big banks typically have formalized sales and sales management...
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