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. 97, No. 5, May

Banks Explore the Road to HSAs: Health Savings Accounts Could Be the Hero for the Healthcare Market for Small Employers and Individuals. Early Market Entrants Are Proving That HSAs Can Be Worthwhile Additions to a Bank's Product Lineup
When President Bush signed into law the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, he created an opportunity for the financial services industry, third-party providers, and health insurance companies in the form of health...
Escaping SOX: The Angst of Sarbanes-Oxley Needn't Be Your Future If You Reconsider the Benefit of Being a Public Company
As costs and burdens of federal securities law compliance continue to soar, Securities and Exchange Commission-reporting bank holding companies (and banks without holding companies that file SEC-compliant reports with FDIC) are increasingly questioning...
Haul Down the White Flag! Take out the Checkered One: Auto Lending Belongs to Captive Finance Companies and Credit Unions, Right? Not So, Say Banks That Still Find Opportunities in the Auto World
Talk to many community and midsize banks, and when the subject of automobile lending comes up, the conversations frequently shift into reverse--that is, the past tense. The bank used to make auto loans, but the captive finance companies, "moving...
Looking in the Right Places
THE RECENT SURGE IN COMMODITY prices--most notably oil--has taken a toll on the economy. It probably subtracted half a percentage point from real GDP growth in 2004 and definitely redistributed wealth across industries. But a persistent rise in inflation...
Pass the Aspirin
HEADACHE 1 Galloping technological change can be overwhelming for a community banker. What's the best advice you've ever received or practice you've adopted that's helped with technology? REMEDY 1 Tom Leetch, president and CEO, Peoples Federal...
Quiet, Competent Leadership
THE NEW TOP STAFFER WHO TAKES over at ABA beginning this month is a not-so-new ABA veteran of 20 years. With the retirement of Don Ogilvie, Ed Yingling is our new president and CEO. While Ed and Don worked closely with one another for the past two...
Rethinking CRM to Make It Pay
Eager to reach out, inspire loyalty, and become more relevant to clients, many financial institutions became gung-ho on customer relationship management, taking on overly big projects and getting budget strain as a nasty side effect. A decade into...
"Sales" by Any Other Name Sometimes Work Better: How Some Banks Overcome Their Aversion to "Selling" to Create a Culture That Accomplishes the Same Thing
When you think of a salesman, chances are you picture someone in a loud, plaid sports coat, parading around a used car lot in front of large signs and shouting banners--even if you know better. No wonder the word "sales" remains a four-letter word...
The Handoff
Stanford University in the early '70s was a pretty strange place, by today's standards. "Left leaning" would be putting it mildly. Some of what the students in the Law School heard in the lecture halls was more social commentary than legal doctrine....
Visualizinq a Better Prototype: New Simulation Tools Enable More Affordable and Relevant Application Development
"Applications have numerous hidden costs associated with extensive reworking, and there are many development projects that fail outright," says Mitch Bishop, chief marketing officer with iRise, El Segundo, California. "Much of the problem comes from...
"We Don't Get No Respect": Customer Respect Index Tells Bankers What Rodney Dangerfield-Type Online Users Want
More than 200 million Americans use the internet today. About one in four of them say they have done some banking at a website--almost a 50% increase over 2004. Some 13 million users perform banking tasks online every day. Among "young affluents" (users...
What's a Decade?
WHEN THE WORLD AT LARGE seems to have the attention span of a gnat, it may be a little difficult to comprehend things that take decades to play out. A few blocks from this magazine's offices on the lower west side of Manhattan, for example, is a...
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